CLINTWOOD — The Jettie Baker Center and Dickenson County Tourism will be hosting a “Songs of 69” concert this Friday at 7 p.m. in celebration of Virginia’s 50 years of love.
It was 50 years ago that the slogan “Virginia is for Lovers” was developed. Dickenson County will be joining the rest of Virginia this Friday in commemorating this important anniversary by hosting a concert that will be all about this historic year.
Director of The Jettie Baker Center, Dora Wallace, and Director of Dickenson County Tourism, Rita Surratt worked together to create this event to see that Dickenson County was involved in the statewide celebration.
“We wanted to have an event that would be recognized statewide, that says ‘Hey Dickenson County is in the game,’ ” Wallace said. “We want our people to take part in the 50 years of love event too.”
This event is part of the overall objective of The Jettie Baker Center, which is to provide quality entertainment for the area, for an affordable price.
The event will start at 7 p.m. and there will be continuous music throughout the night with various solos, duets, and ensembles of popular songs from the 60s. Songs such as “Sugar, Sugar,” “Build Me Up Buttercup” and “Put a Little Love in Your Heart.”
In addition to ongoing music from the 60s, the nostalgia will continue with a 1960s themed all-ages costume contest. Everyone is encouraged to wear their best 60s outfit and compete.
Adult winners over the age of 21 will be awarded a gift basket provided by Dickenson County Tourism and MountainRose Vineyards. One male and female child from each age category will when a movie pass, as well as popcorn and concessions.
Before the music starts at 7 p.m. there will be a “cruise-in” starting at 6 p.m. to show off cars from 1969 or earlier. Anyone who has a car from that era is encouraged to bring it to the event and join the fun.
In addition to the music, costume contest and cruise-in, there will be a “For the Love of Art” display out front as well. This display will have art from across the board with sculptors, quilters, painters, and photographers. The art is all by local artists and captures the rich culture of Appalachia and Virginia.
Admission to Songs of 69 is $5 and free for kids 5 and under. Concessions including candy, popcorn and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the event.
“We want everyone to come out and have a good time, and leave saying that’s the best five dollars I’ve spent this month.” Wallace said.