PORTSMOUTH — This year things are truly beginning to look like Christmas a few years ago.
People are going out already preparing for the holiday season with things that they missed last year. Many want to make up for those things missed last year. One of those things is the return of James Spinnati’s 28th Annual Christmas Gift to Portsmouth, slated for Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Vern Riffe Center.
Speaking with Dr. Spinnati he is really excited to put the show on and said he has some special things planned. And, if you love listening to music, you are in for a treat. Spinnati wanted to make sure everyone knew that this will not be speaking or preaching, but a program loaded with music from some very talented people. He has lined up some local talent along with some very accomplished groups and singers who have some of the best reputations as singers you love to hear.
One local group that doesn’t need an introduction is the Portsmouth West High School Choir under the direction of Mrs. Linda Tieman. This group is going to sing some songs from Toto like Africa and Rosanna which this group will put up their best and will not disappoint.
Another treat the audience will find is the pianist, Steve Foster from Indianapolis Indiana. He has been all over the country playing and will be worth the listen. The Diggles family is one of the groups who will be singing, they are from Lexington, Kentucky. They, too sing all over the country and Spinnati said that they were in California last week.
Included in that program will also be Art and Jeff Bush along with Tracy Tooley After they leave here, they will be going to Florida. There is also Bryan Goins and River who Spinnati says have sung at the Grande Ole Opry. Bryan’s dad still travels with him. Spinnati said that Danny Bentley can really sing and he is really good and he will be the MC for the evening of songs. Bentley will be singing ‘Angels Among Us.’
Spinnati has been doing this since it started and he said that when he first said he was going to do this, they told him he will never get it done because it is a lot of work. But he pulled it off and it has been going ever since then. Dr. Spinnati is the owner of Sunshine School of Evangelism and started that in 1998. It is located at 1549 Robinson Avenue in Portsmouth.
Spinnati shared that his ministry pays for about 3/4 of the concert and then they have sponsors who also help out with the Gift to Portsmouth. He wanted to make sure people knew that this is totally a singing event, when asked if he sang, he laughed and said that he did once and hasn’t done it since then. Therefore, he said there is just singing and no preaching.
Spinnati concluded by saying, “I’m telling you that it is good, we don’t mess around. We give two community service awards after the first half. We will have a great time.”
This concert is free to everyone and tickets are available at the following locations: McKinley Box Office, WNXT 99.3 FM, Portsmouth Ace Hardware Store, Scioto Voice, Desco Federal Credit Union, Larry Moore Trophies and Sports, Tim Horton’s, Carey’s Run Church, Quincy Church of Christ, and Sand Hill Church of Christ.
Sponsors include Central Church of Christ, Carey’s Run Church of Christ, Quincy Church of Christ, Copies Gallore, Scioto Water Inc., Ohio Minded Psychotherapy, Holiday Inn in Portsmouth, Larry Moore Trophies and Sports, Scioto Voice, First Church of Christ in Wheelersburg, Mary’s Jewelry Outlet, Mix 99.3 WNXT, and of course Sonshine School of Evangelism.
Reach Kimberly Jenkins (740)353-3101 ext. 1928
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