A free weekend gospel music singing is set for this weekend at McAlester's Chadick Park.
Hosted by the Oklahoma Gospel Singing Revivals, songs presented by artists during the June 14-15 event range from traditional to southern gospel, bluegrass and contemporary Christian music.
The event opens Friday night, with music planned from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., then resumes Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Following a break, music is set to continue Saturday, from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Plans call for the gospel music singing to be held under a large tent, set up especially for the event. Inspiration came from old- time tent revivals that were once prevalent across the country.
Those holding the event say everyone is welcome.
"We just want everybody to come up and help us lift up the name of the Lord," said Cindi Mize, of the Oklahoma Gospel Singing Revivals. It's described as a team of ministers and singers from various backgrounds, denominations and areas of ministry. The ministry's mission is to reach people in all walks of life, with an emphasis on music.
While the music is ongoing, concessions will be available at a nearby pavilion.
"If you're in the pavilion, you can hear the music," Mize said. With the event set in a tent, those attending are advised to bring lawn chairs.
Music is set to begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, with each artist or group singing for approximately a half-hour.
Artists set for Friday evening and approximate singing times, which may vary, include: 5 p.m. — The Branches, a local vocal trio; 5:30 p.m. — Kathy Cozad, singer; 6 p.m. — Righteous Tree, a guitar and vocal group. A message from Dave Miller of the Faith Riders is set for approximately 6:30 p.m. Other Friday night artists and approximate times include: 7:30 p.m. — Sandy Jarvis, singer; 8 p.m. — ReDefined, a vocal quartet; 8:30 p.m.— Solar Starr, singer; 9 p.m. Richard Carr, singer 9:30 p.m. — Mize Family.
Music is set to resume at 10 a.m. Saturday, and continue with singer Terrill White, followed by 6:4 Him, a family vocal and instrumental band; Stephanie Dawn; a message, followed by singers Richard Carr, Solar Starr, Mikayla Mize, Braelyn Watkins and Roy Anderson.
Following a break, Saturday music is set to continue at 4 p.m. with Canaan Bound; 4:30 — Solar Starr; 5 p.m., Richard Carr; 5:30 p.m. — Sandy Jarvis. followed by a message in prayer; 6:30 p.m. — Kathy Cozad; 7 p.m. — Gospel Cousins; 7:30 p.m. — Mize Family; 8 p.m.— The Black Family; 8:30 p.m. Roy Anderson; 9 p.m. — Righteous Tree.
Chadick Park is between South Thiird Street and South Sixth Street in McAlester. Mize said the tent will be set up in the middle of the park.
While chances of rain in the forecast a few days ago have been decreasing, it has not entirely been eliminated.
Mize said that will not deter the event, since plans call for it to be held under the tent.
"We are good," Mize said. "We are singing one way or the other, rain or shine."
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