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Beach toppling with talent

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 9:48 am

Sally Adams seeks crowd participation as she performs her original song, “Woo Girls,” during the Colonial Beach’s Got Talent event.

As the sun began to set over Monroe Bay, more than 100 people gathered at the first Colonial Beach’s Got Talent show. They came by foot, car, golf cart and even one young woman by skate board, to watch talented singers, musicians and a comedian take the Community Center stage on Marshall Avenue.

The talent in CB in the performing arts seems to be as vast as the talent in fine arts. While a small town, 18 people performed for the crowd as they feasted on hot dogs, brats and cheese steaks from GiGis Dogs.

Kenneth Berlin, head of the Colonial Beach Performing Arts Association, emceed the event. Bob Christiansen, who is fairly new to CB, opened the show with his comedy poking fun at the town council, the state of the sidewalks in town, as well as his son, Eric. Patty Alvey belted out the Trisha Yearwood song, “That’s What I Like About You” before being convinced to perform Patsy Cline’s hit song, “Crazy.”

The youngest of the performers, sweet strawberry blonde Maisey Howell sang “Do Re Mi” to the cheering crowd. Howell is 8-years-old and had the crowd wrapped around her tiny finger.

Ethan Harris, a rising Senior at Colonial Beach High School, shook things up with his version of the Star Spangled Banner on electric guitar. He followed that up with classic electric guitar solo, “Eruption” and a piece of his own on amplified acoustic guitar.

Sher Lee and Chris Sterner delighted the crowd with their impersonation of Sonny and Cher singing, “I Got You, Babe.” Chris later performed as Elvis as he handed out roses to women in the crowd.

One of the most entertaining moments of the evening was Sally Adams singing her audience participation required song, “Woo Girls.” Not only did Adams sing the song, but she also wrote the lyrics and composed the music for it.

Other performers included, Lauren Kube and Taylor Walker singing “Crazier” and “Hallelujah.” Amanda Halverson sang, “One Day I’ll Fly Away,” John Beach performed and sang, “I Surrender All” with Jean Beach playing “Memories.”

Read more of this story in the August 30 issue of the Westmoreland News.