“We need your support, so that we can continue to provide scholarships for the children of three county high schools,” said Neal Haertig.
The show will be one regular band member short. Ralph Knippa of Woodsboro, who plays rhythm guitar. Knippa is seriously ill after suffering a stroke.
“The Opry would like to alert you to pray for one of ours, Ralph Knippa,” Haertig said. “Please remember him in your prayers.”
This week’s show will feature special guests Loren Scudder, Ernie Muro, and Roy Irwin, backed up by the Refugio Country Opry Band, named the “Best of the Best.”
Loren of San Antonio is no stranger to the show. She has performed on the Opry several times in the past. A registered nurse, Loren is a very good singer, confirms Haertig.
Ernie of Rockport is also a return artist and is a crowd-pleaser.
“Ernie plays the fiddle and sings Freddie Fender style songs,” Haertig said. “Ernie is a good entertainer.”
Roy Irwin of Portland has graced the Opry stage several times in the past as well.
“Roy sings Johnny Cash songs, you can close your eyes and pretend Cash is live on stage,” said Haertig.
The Fierova family will be in the kitchen serving up their home-style delectable food.
“The Fierova family provides an excellent food court, and like the Opry, all their net proceeds go toward a scholarship fund for graduating senior,” Haertig said. “Come early and eat with us.”
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7. Admission is $5 for an evening of live country music.
“The Opry invites local residents to come out and help us provide scholarships for your children and grandchildren,” Haertig said. “You would be surprised how few of the audience is actually from the county. Thanks to our regulars!”
For directions or information call Jay and Opal at 361-543-4297 or 550-3212 or Neal and Linda 361-543-4924 after five.