This Veterans Day, the Center for Education and Performing Arts is teaming up with The St. Clair County Extension‘s Veterans Outreach program to present a special tribute to St. Clair County’s veterans.
On Nov. 10, veterans and the local organizations that support them will be treated to a special performance by Pell City’s The Wingnuts. The show, called “Run Through the Jungle” after the iconic Creedence Clearwater Revival song, is a group effort to raise funds to support programs that aid veterans in our area.
The band said coming up with the name of the event was particularly easy.
“We asked several Vietnam veterans from the area to tell us what songs they remembered listening to during their tours of duty – what songs they thought defined the ear,” said Donnie Todd, guitarist for The WingNuts. “Every single one of them said ‘Run Through the Jungle.’ For most, it was the first song they named.”
Todd said the event’s goal, besides raising funds to support local efforts, was to pay tribute to the men and women who served during the Vietnam War by presenting them with the gift of music, specifically their favorite songs of the time. Many of those works were not in The WingNuts repertoire, and the band has been working tirelessly to present learn the material.
“We knew some of the songs they requested,” Todd said. “But most are new to us and will be new to WingNuts fans. We’re even branching out and adding popular folk songs to the mix – something we’ve never done before.”
Organizations working to host the event include CEPA, the St. Clair County Extension, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Robert L. Howard Veterans Home. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the support of locals veterans organizations.
The WingNuts are a group of aviation buffs who enjoy playing music from primarily the 1960s-80s. Three members are pilots and all enjoy playing in their home hangar at the St. Clair County Airport. Band Members are Alan Furr, Sandra Furr, Donnie Todd, Mickey Farmer, Teresa Carden, Glenn Wilson, and Bobby Breed.
The event will feature more than just music, as organizers are also asking for area veterans to display their collections from their times in the service. Those interested should contact Wayne Johnson at the Extension.
Attendees will also be treated to free food and beverages during the event. Tickets are $20 or $10 for seniors and veterans.
Doors open to view the collection at 5:30 p.m., and food service will begin at 6 p.m. the show will start at 7 p.m., with Judge Bill Hereford serving as narrator.