By CHERIL VERNON
The Tennessee Colony community and churches will hold a fish fry fundraiser Saturday for local residents L.C. and Sandra Brown, who lost their home and all their belongings to a fire last weekend.
The benefit includes a fish fry from noon to 6 p.m. at the Massey Lake Community Center.
Fish dinners will be sold for a per-plate donation and donations of money, household items and clothing items will be accepted as well.
Live music will be performed during the event, with local groups and soloists invited to perform.
Massey Lake Church of the Living God is sponsoring the event.
According to organizers, the Browns lived at the residence with two young grandsons. No one was home at the time of the fire.
Gospel Music Festival
If you enjoy gospel music, the Dogwood Trails Gospel Music Festival will be the place to be on Saturday, March 22 during the first weekend of the Texas Dogwood Trails Celebration.
The annual Gospel Music Festival will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Palestine Senior Activity Center, 200 N. Church St.
Musical entertainment will be held throughout the day on the following schedule:
• 1 p.m. — Southern Joy
• 1:30 p.m. — Wise County Bluegrass
• 2 p.m. — Troy and Joyce Dancer and the Campbell family
• 2:30 p.m. — Gospel Heirs
• 3 p.m. — The Grants
• 3:30 p.m. — Wayne McInnis & Friends
Admission is free. Refreshments will be available.
For information, call Wanda Bing Thompson at 903-391-7574 or Cricket Andrews at 903-729-7419.
Piano concert in DFW area
Jessica Zhan, who performed at the Palestine Nimble Fingers Concert last May, will be performing with the Plano Symphony Orchestra Saturday at the Charles W. Eiseman Center in Richardson.
Zhan received grand prize at a recent competition with young musicians in her county.
The grand prize allows her to be a visiting artist on the grand piano with the Plano Symphony Orchestra.
“Thank you Palestine people and the Anderson County Arts Council for giving her the opportunity to play in Palestine first at First United Methodist Church. Her sister Rachel played as well local youth performers Aaron Jackson and Thomas Willingham,” Anderson County Arts Council member Rosemary Biel said. “If you are able to go to this Saturday, you will get the opportunity to hear Jessica again.”
Both Jessica and Rachel Zhan have won first place in the Dallas Symphony piano competitions in previous years at their age levels.
Lady of Standards Scholarship Pageant
The 5th Annual Miss Palestine Area Lady of Standards Scholarship Pageant is set to take place Saturday, March 22 at Antioch Baptist Church.
The focus of the pageant is to encourage all contestants to embrace their God-given beauty, gifts and talents.
Age divisions include 5-9; 10-14; and 15-19.
Areas of participation include: private interview, talent and Sunday best.
Pageant Director Kristi Johnson states their mission is to build confidence and self-esteem in each girl that participates.
Scholarships, cash and prizes will be awarded. Each contestant will receive a trophy for participation.
The pageant will start at 4 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church, 907 E. Murchison St. The theme is “An
Evening of Praise & Purpose.” Admission is free.