On April 14th, 2013, people from Mercer, Boyle, and surrounding central Kentucky counties gathered at Michael and Carol Conover’s Opera House Tabernacle to hear a grand concert by Natalie Berry and her band. The band included: William Marshall, a bass player at Renfro Valley, Terry Wilson on guitar, and Wayne Westerfield on drums. Mr. Wilson and Mr. Westerfield are both members of Larry Sanders and Borderline.
Natalie and her band provided a nearly two-hour concert to benefit Habitat for Humanity Mercer County. She performed songs primarily from the 40s, 50s and 60s. Natalie’s voice and style has often been compared to Patsy Cline, and she performed several songs made famous by the late singer. She also sang a song by Loretta Lynn, in honor of her 81st birthday which fell on the day of the concert.
John Trisler, a long-time friend and volunteer for Habitat, served as emcee for the concert. During intermission, John asked a young lady in the audience, Sadie, to draw tickets for the door prizes. A dozen prizes were donated by Natalie Berry, Doris Bartleson, Perry Dressler, Brenda Eldredge, and Bonnie Rumble.
The concert was planned and facilitated by Peggy Blacketer, Brenda Eldredge, and Amy Matthews. Habitat Partners, Michael and Katherine Holly, were in attendance and provided information on the Carpenters Club and Builders Club. About 240 tickets were sold for the event. This was a big success, indeed!