Music and Memories opening in Lake City

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Kenny and Tammy Ellington, members of the Heavenbound Quartet, are excited and looking forward to the grand opening of their new theater, Music and Memories. It is located in Lake City at 17 Cobean Boulevard, in front of Farmers Market.

Kenny and Tammy Ellington look forward to the grand opening of their new theater in Lake City, Music and Memories. (Town Crier photos/Revis Blaylock)

The grand opening will be held Friday night. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the show will begin at 7 p.m.

Joining the Ellingtons making up the Heavenbound quartet are Jim Hardin of Jonesboro and Bob Mitchell of Paragould.

Heavenbound Quartet will open every Friday night for guest singers at Music and Memories. Under Grace Trio will be the guest singers for the grand opening. Shirley Adams and Bill Davenport will be regular soloists.

Music and Memories was welcomed to Lake City on Thursday with a ribbon cutting. Owners Kenny and Tammy Ellington, members of The Heavenbound Quartet, will hold its grand opening on Friday night. Southern Gospel singing will be held every Friday night with blue grass and country shows on select Saturday nights. Pictured from left, are: Front -- Mayor Jon Milligan, City Clerk Linda Simpson, owners Tammy and Kenny Ellington. Back -- Madonna Plunkett, Dillard Ratliff, Loretta Payne, Robert Payne, Rick Hathcoat, Rhonda Hathcoat, and Shirley Adams.

"We are so excited to be in Lake City," Tammy said. "The building is owned by Dewey and Madonna Plunkett and they have worked so hard making it possible for us to open."

Music and Memories will offer Gospel singing every Friday night and Blue Grass and County on select Saturday nights.

Scheduled groups on Friday nights and Saturday night events will be posted on their webpage,

The Ellingtons had a theater in Monette from 2004-2007. They have been traveling and singing at different places over the last few years.

"We looked at opening a theater in Jonesboro but every time we looked into something, God closed the door," Tammy said. "Everything has fallen into place here and we are thrilled."

Gospel singing is a passion for Tammy and she loves having a place to call home.

The building has been turned into a theater with a large stage, seating for 400, dressing rooms, a kitchenette for visiting guests, and a concession area. They have been working four months turning the building into a theater.

Among the workers helping Kenny and Tammy with the remodeling are Rick and Rhonda Hathcoat, Robert Payne, and Fred Nelson and Curtis Duffell.

Kenny and Tammy designed the signs covering the windows in the front of the theater.

"We wanted to keep the name Music and Memories because we do have wonderful memories singing with our friends," Tammy said. "We made many friends while we were open in Monette and we are looking forward to seeing our old friends and making new ones."

Lake City Mayor Jon Milligan welcomed the new theater to Lake City with a ribbon cutting on Thursday.

"We are proud to have them here," Milligan said. "We appreciate all of the work being done to the building. We are happy to have the new business in town."

The Ellingtons said they are looking forward to making music and more memories in Lake City.

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