An Evening of Southern Gospel with Lori Botkin is Saturday September 11

The Highland County Arts Council presents the Second Saturday at Seven Concert each month and Saturday the series continues with a performance by Lori Botkin of McDowell.  While growing up, she sang with her family for fifteen years, which took them up and down the east coast.

“I was born and raised Southern Gospel, been singing Southern Gospel music since 1974,” says Botkin.  “My family sang.  Actually, we used to go see gospel groups and so we just sort of played around with it and a Pastor happened to be visiting and heard us and asked us to sing at Church and that’s how we got started.”

Music cut – Glory Road

“It gets in your blood and when my family quit singing, I just couldn’t quit, so I continued,” says Botkin. “The times that we’re in right now, the Gospel has got to be brought out and I love to sing and that’s just my way to present the Gospel of Jesus.  This is a world that needs Jesus right now.”

Music cut – Thank you Lord

“I just invite everybody to come out on Saturday night,” says Botkin.  “We’re going to have a good time and it might be something a little different for people.  So, I invite those that want to come and worship and I also invite the curiosity seekers.”

Lori Botkin performs Saturday, September 11, at 7pm in the garden of the Jones-McCoy house in Monterey at 144 West Main Street, across from the courthouse.  Bring a chair.  The concert is pay what you will and donations will support the Arts Council and the Highland Historical Society.

The Highland County Arts Council is a supporter of Allegheny Mountain Radio.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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