• 57°

SALISBURY — Musical puppets entertained both the young and the young at heart during a lunchtime show Wednesday.
The puppet ministry at Carmel Baptist Church brought its lively performance to John Calvin Presbyterian Church on Brenner Avenue.
A group of senior adults gathers there every day for one of the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center lunch clubs. They enjoy a hot meal, each other’s company and sometimes a bit of entertainment.
Also in the audience Wednesday were about two dozen children from Partners in Learning Child Development and Family Resource Center.
The puppets lip-synced to a set of fun and faith-based songs, ranging from a tune about wheels on a big rig to “Amazing Grace.” Some were bright and fuzzy “monsters,” while others represented a variety of human characters.
One group of puppets, wearing beards and going by the name “Carmel Dynasty,” performed a silly tribute to dollar stores. Another high-energy gospel song got the audience clapping and singing along.
“It was fun. It was great,” said Cindie Irvin, who works at the resource center. “I think the kids enjoyed it. I certainly did.”
Gracie Osborne, 3, seconded that opinion.
She said what she liked best about the puppets is “that they were happy.”
Crystal Boyd, one of the directors of the puppet ministry at Carmel Baptist Church, said the group has been performing since 2008.
“My grandmother comes to this meal site to eat,” Boyd said. “We came here one other time, and she invited us to do it again.”
Another member of the group, Kenzie Smith, said the puppeteers aim to get out the message of God in a way that’s fun for kids and easy to understand.
At Wednesday’s show, many of the adults were smiling and laughing just as much as the children.
Linda Hurd danced to her seat as she came in late to the performance. At the table, she sang and clapped to the songs she knew.
“I like to be young all the time,” she said. “I enjoyed it very much.”
Shirley Corriher said this is the second time she’s seen the puppet show, and she thinks it’s gotten better.
“It’s wonderful,” Corriher said. “You’re never too young or too old.”
She said she comes to eat lunch every weekday at the meal site.
“It has really good food,” Corriher said. “It’s a well-balanced meal.”
Site supervisor David Carman said seniors in the lunch clubs enjoy entertainment and activities a few times a week. Recently, the John Calvin Presbyterian Church meal site has been using a projector and sound system to show episodes of “The Honeymooners.”
He said he thinks Wednesday’s puppet show was excellent, and he had been trying to invite the group back for a while. Carman’s sister works at Partners In Learning, he said, “and we thought it would be good to mix up the generations here.”
“Thank you for coming,” he told the puppeteers, “and for reminding us that there’s a child in all of us.”
For more information about the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center lunch clubs, visit www.ruftyholmes.org or call 704-216-7702.

Comments

Comments closed.

Education

RSS talks first steps for new federal relief totaling $66 million

China Grove

Gary’s Barbecue staff, customers look back at 50 years

News

Salisbury Lions Club names Person of the Year, Lion of the Year at 78th annual banquet

Education

Student COVID-19 numbers show first decline since plan A

High School

High school golf: Fowler competes in state tournament

News

Amazon announces new distribution center for North Carolina

News

House passes bill to bar Cooper from mandating COVID shot

Coronavirus

Rowan County sees death 302 from COVID-19; Health Department to host final mass vaccine clinic

Ask Us

Ask Us: What happened to work on South Fulton Street home?

Crime

Blotter: Woman says she was shot in hand on Lincolnton Road

Crime

Rowan Sheriff’s Office charges Salisbury man with operating illegal gambling business

Crime

Blotter: Rockwell man arrested on felony drug, breaking and entering charges

Local

Rep. Amber Baker discusses legislative session during Rowan Democrats breakfast meeting

Local

Thousands of locals, out-of-towners gather for a groovy time at annual Hippie Fest

News

N.C. Zoo ready for expansion if lawmakers OK funding

Education

RSS budgeting for tens of millions in federal COVID-19 relief funding

East Spencer

‘Back in full swing’ for the spring: East Spencer community gathers for food, fun and fellowship at Spring Fest

Local

Rowan native Lingle among those honored with NC Military Veterans Hall of Fame induction

Business

Former pro baseball player, Tar Heel standout Russ Adams finds new career with Trident Insured

Education

Profoundly gifted: Salisbury boy finishing high school, associates degree at 12

Local

Cheerwine Festival will stick to Main Street, stay away from new park in September

Lifestyle

Celebrating Rowan County’s early cabinetmakers

Education

Service Above Self announces youth challenge winners

Business

Economic Development Commission creates search tool for people seeking Rowan County jobs