■ Corey Evan / Reporter
You know the old saying, “There’s no biz like show biz!” Even Hemet Valley Baptist Church got into show biz a little by hosting the Golden Smoothies, a 55-and-better, not-for-profit musical troupe, on March 18. The Smoothies offered ticket holders there a sampler of their upcoming “Legends” show.
Those performing included Liza Minnelli, John Denver, Joe Cocker, Patsy Kline and Aretha Franklin. Or rather, members of the Golden Smoothies portrayed them in their respective musical styles. They were led by Kline, aka Jeanine Taylor.
“We put on shows and things for… mostly the elderly and the shut-ins… and the assisted living facilities,” said Taylor. “We put on…three shows a year at the Simpson Center.”
After the show, ticket holders could enjoy a gourmet cupcake and a cup of coffee (or bottled water), while dozens of prizes were raffled off. The proceeds from this show and the raffle tickets sold benefitted Valley Restart, and their ongoing effort to add a new building for those who need shelter. According to Linda Rogers of Valley Restart, trying to build it has been like hitting a brick wall.
“Nothing is definite. For 10 years, I’ve had a rendering of a new building on the wall,” she said. “And that is what I’d like to have built, whenever that happens.”
Rogers also implored locals to chip in what they can, so they aren’t as reliant on funds from the state. “It’s really a privilege that Hemet Valley Baptist would continue to offer their venue for our fundraisers.”
Rogers also noted that the Smoothies are a “phenomenal” group who love what they do.
If you missed Saturday’s show, not to worry! The full version is going on at Simpson Center on March 30th! You can still get tickets at the Simpson Center at 305 W. Devonshire in Hemet or call them up at 951-765-2390. You think you remember the legends? Prepare to see them in a whole new light!
Also worth noting is that Valley Restart is working with Hemet Valley Baptist to put on a street fair in June. Details will be released as they are made available. But in the meantime, let’s all see what we can do to get that rendering turned into much-needed reality.