Chamber may host Little Roy & Lizzy Show again next year

Published 11:00 am Thursday, June 2, 2016

Lunenburg County Chamber of Commerce President Mel Payne said he has already scheduled for the Little Roy & Lizzy Show to return the same time next year, if his organizations decides to have them perform again.

“If we want to do it we’ve got them on the calendar,” he told chamber members at their Thursday luncheon meeting at Victoria Restaurant.

The Little Roy & Lizzy Show, a bluegrass, country and gospel group from Lincolnton, Ga., — along with its special guest the Appalachian Express, based out of the Chase City area — performed a concert May 14 at the Kenbridge Community Center.

Payne started working on and organizing the concert in November before he even started working with the chamber.

Payne told chamber members the concert was “quite successful.”

He declined to give figures until everything is paid off.

“Believe me, folks, we did all right,” he said.

Now, the chamber will have to decide if it wants to do it again next year.

“They are entertainers,” he said of the band. “They put on the best show you’ve ever seen.”

The chamber has found itself energized by Payne, who is pushing for a countywide talent show featuring schoolchildren, and a 150-person Christmas concert with representatives of all of the county’s churches.

Committees overseeing both efforts have to work out the particulars. For the talent show, that will include having to decide what is talent and what isn’t, he said; for the concert it will have to be decided whether to approach entire choirs or individuals, he said.

“Our biggest challenge is going to be recruiting,” he said. “If we can’t get the 150, we’ll go with what we can get.”

Payne also has established a goal of increasing chamber membership to 120 by the end of the year. The group has already grown from 38 to 77 members.

One member noted that the growing membership had to crowd into Mildred’s restaurant in Kenbridge for its last meeting and it might be time to look elsewhere.

But Payne said the organization might eventually face the same problem at Victoria Restaurant, and then dismissed the concern.

“They’ve both been great with us and we want to thank them for that,’ he said.