|Lions Club Chuckwagon dinner is scheduled for Feb. 19 in Haxtun|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
The 38th annual Haxtun Lions Club Chuckwagon Dinner and Show features John Adams and his band on Saturday, Feb. 19 at Haxtun Schools. Dinner is served from 5:30-7 p.m. with the show set to start at 7 p.m.
Adams and his band perform songs and stories of the Rocky Mountain Legend John Denver and feature songs like “Sunshine On My Shoulder,” “Calypso,” “Take Me Home Country Roads,” “Annie’s Song” and the popular “Rocky Mountain High.”
As a young boy living in Holland, Adams fell in love with Denver and his music after the musician became famous in Europe. After hearing “Take Me Home Country Roads,” Adam’s taste of music changed instantly and he became dedicated to Denver’s music. Adams bought all Denver’s available albums and music books and began to sing Denver’s songs.
In 1988, Adams won a National song contest in Holland with Denver’s song, “Leaving On A Jet Plane,” which gave him the opportunity to sing with Denver on a TV special. The two men sang “Whispering Jesse” together, which at the time had not yet been released in the States.
After the TV special, Adams had the pleasure to meet with Denver about 13 more times. The two shared their love for life, acoustic guitars and their performances in China. Since Denver’s passing in 1997, Adams moved to the United States and is committed to keeping Denver’s music alive. Adams now lives in Silverthorne.
Adams’ band is made up of Mark Johnson on piano, keyboard and vocals; Amanda Reyes-Rist on the fiddle and violin; Amy Hawes on bass; Dave Harding as lead guitar; and Randy Utterback on fiddle, mandolin and Dobro.
Proceeds from the Lions Club event help support community service projects throughout the Haxtun community. The Haxtun Lions Club sponsors or donates to Phillips County Relay for Life, a lifeline program, Haxtun library, school and hospital and the 9News Health Fair.
In addition, the Lions Club donated to the Haxtun median project and the Haxtun Childcare Coalition. The group also helped with building gazebos in Haxtun Park, purchasing emergency equipment for the Haxtun Volunteer Fire Department and purchasing Bulldog and American flags for Haxtun’s main street.
Each year the Lions sponsor an ice cream social and donate proceeds to the Haxtun Schools art and music departments.
Tickets for the Chuckwagon Dinner and Show can be purchased individually or in Trail Boss packets from any Lions Club member or at Points West Community Bank in Haxtun.
For more information about the Chuckwagon contact Debbie or Lyle McBride at 970-466-2805.