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Front Porch Stage honors retiring technical director

(September 28, 2019) MOUNT IDA – The Front Porch Stage wrapped up their 2019 concert season with great music from Mike Mayberry and the Slowhands and by celebrating the 16 years of service given to the non-profit by Jerry and Jane Babbitt.

Mike Mayberry and the Slowhands put on a great show as always, playing a mix of country and classic rock. He even teased the crowd with the opening lyrics from “Old Town Road,” but stopped short of rapping for the crowd.

During intermission the Board of Directors called fellow board member Jerry Babbitt to the stage. Jerry Lambert and Tommy Johnston presented Jerry and his wife Jane with plaques of appreciation for their many years of service to the community and specifically to the Front Porch Stage.

Jerry Babbitt mans the sound booth one last time before entering retirement from the Front Porch Stage. – Photo by Dewayne Holloway

The Babbitt’s have been involved with the Front Porch Stage since 2003. Jerry has faithfully ran the sound board and served as the event’s technical director for 16 years. 

Jane has done whatever has been asked of her over the years including running the Back Porch Kitchen for many years. She is a member of the “Has Beens,” the name jokingly given to former Possum Queens.

Jerry received the awards on behalf of he and his wife. Jane was unable to attend due to health issues.

The Front Porch Stage scaled back their shows to one a month this year, but plan to host shows on the first and third Saturday of each month through the Summer of 2020.

Mike Mayberry and the Slowhands perform on the Front Porch Stage. – Photo by Dewayne Holloway

The Front Porch Stage is a 501c3 non-profit organization that seeks to promote musical pursuits in the county. All money raised by the Front Porch Stage is distributed to area school band and music programs.

For more information on The Front Porch Stage visit their website at

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