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Lunenburg County Community Concert series

On Friday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m., Lunenburg County Community Concerts will present its Fall Concert. Pre-concert piano music by Stacy Sharpe Branch will begin at 6:40 p.m. The performers that evening will be two talented soloists with Lunenburg connections.

Ken Vaiden is a native of Chase City who has been singing most of his life. From singing “America” while swinging in the backyard (not realizing the neighbors were listening), to featured soloist in elementary school programs and graduations, to most recently singing with the Southside Virginia Community Chorus, he has enjoyed sharing music with others. Ken earned a Bachelor of Science in business at Longwood College in 1986 and a master’s degree in education in 2003. For the past 18 years he has enjoyed encouraging students to develop a love for learning by serving as a library media specialist. This is his second year at Victoria Elementary School. Ken is a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Red Oak, and sings there every third Sunday; but over the past several years, he has enjoyed accepting invitations to sing at neighboring churches. He has an extensive performance resume that includes the North Carolina Master Chorale, Lake Country Chorale, roles in numerous musical productions in Halifax and Mecklenburg counties and singing in churches and concerts throughout the region.

Peggy Vaughan has had a love for Gospel music and harmonies since she was a child. She grew up in a musical family and beginning at the age of seven, she sang with her father and sister in church. Later joined by her brother, The Senger Family sang Southern Gospel locally for church homecomings, revivals, hymn sings and watch-night services, as well as for radio-rallies and other community events. Once the family could no longer sing together, she began singing solo with her autoharp or the piano. Peggy is married to Victoria native Charles Vaughan and attended Northside Gospel Chapel for many years until Charles accepted his present pastorate at Union Grove Baptist Church near Keysville. She has served in the Health Information Management Department at Piedmont Geriatric Hospital in Burkeville for the past 31 years. Charles and Peggy live in Crewe, but love to stay connected with friends and family in Lunenburg County.

The local organization that is “In the Spotlight” for this concert will be the “Kindness Matters” Club of Central High School. Information about this organization will be available and any contributions toward their efforts will be gratefully received.

Lunenburg County Community Concerts are free and open to the public. Victoria Baptist Church, the host site for this concert series, is located at the intersection of Eighth Street and Washington Avenue. Handicapped parking is available near the side entrance, as is elevator access to the sanctuary level. In the event of storm-related hazards or power outages, the concert will take place on Sept.13. For more information, visit the Facebook page of Lunenburg County Community Concerts or call (434) 696-2025.