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.
(Town Crier photos/Revis Blaylock)
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 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, www.heavenboundqt.com.
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.