Connoisseurs of rare and/or vintage vehicles are welcome to partake in The ARK of SC’s second-annual Car Show on March 25 at 201 Sigma Drive in Nexton. The free, family-friendly event features food, coffee, prizes, along with a slew of classic automobiles.
Participants are invited to enter all makes and models for a $25 donation by March 24 in order to qualify for one of many awards on hand at the weekend extravaganza.
“The Car Show allows us to host a community event where we can meet people and raise awareness for our critical mission,” said The ARK’s Executive Director Peg Lahmeyer. “We understand the stresses that come with being a caregiver for someone living with Alzheimer’s, and we work to ensure that those caregivers know that they are not alone.”
Monies raised at the event will support the organization’s goal of providing hope and relief to families coping with Alzheimer’s Disease or related forms of dementia.
A corresponding press release from the non-profit details that there are currently more than 95,000 South Carolinians living with Alzheimer’s disease and more than 199,000 family members and friends providing care for them, per The Alzheimer’s Association. Also in South Carolina, 12.1 percent of people aged 45 and older have subjective cognitive decline. Alzheimer’s Disease is a degenerative disease of the brain that affects memory, awareness, social conversation, and speech.
The Summerville-based ARK of SC furnishes community members with services, such as memory screenings, resource fairs, educational workshops and support groups.
Areas serviced include Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, and Orangeburg counties, along with Harleyville and Summerville.
For more information, visit at https://bit.ly/ARKcarshow.
I stumbled across this oldies band through its drummer, Michael Grenier, on Facebook, who is from Biddeford, Maine (my home state). Wildflower Station covers classic rock music from the 1960s and 1970s.
I went to hear them Saturday, Aug. 19, at Del Webb, a 55-and-older community north of Nexton. Band favorites include a mixture of rock and folk music from Laurel Canyon, but they also do a lot of The Beatles tunes, as well as The Eagles and so forth.
People love to get up and dance to them. They have played all over the Lowcountry, including Morgan Creek Grill, Pier 101 and so on.
Regan: Laureen Deibert (founder) – How did the band form? How did you all meet?
Deibert: I had started a ’50s band called Dreamland, but wanted to play music that was more my generation – ‘60s and ’70s classic rock, but with an acoustic flair. I first started Wildflower Station as an all-girl band. I found three other women, but soon found out women have priorities: family. So, I started bringing in musicians. We went from a trio to a quad, then five members, then six, now seven: four men and three women. Of all my members, I found them in church or on Craigslist. We come from California, Michigan, Maine, Georgia, Washington, D.C., New Jersey and a local from Charleston. There have been several “iterations” of WFS, but the present band is the best. Every new member brings a style of music we can then expound upon.
R: How did it come to be that the band would have three prominent female singers?
L: Everyone does sing, which is a great way to also bring in different styles of rock. We started out more as a vocal band, so harmonies are key to any song we do. The four major singers on the front line are myself, Dan, Wanda and Audra. We pick songs that were chart-toppers, and then work hard on the harmonies. We can do songs by The Eagles, The Beatles and The Mamas & the Papas with layered vocals. We also have Ferris (bass player) who sings ’50s rock. Vito (keyboardist and lead guitar) sings great ’70s rock. Mike (drummer) sings funky rock hits. But the main line of the band is the four of us up front. Being the leader of the band, I stand front and center; the other ladies, Wanda and Audra, are next to me so we can hear each other’s harmonies.
R: How do you all decide which top songs to do?
L: The songs we do are usually going to be ’60s and ’70s classic rock, with specials thrown in, depending on where we play, and what age we will play for. I’ve always picked top-25 chart toppers for the years 1960 to 1975, but we will also sing songs that we make our own even if they weren’t exactly top hits. We have been blessed to play for Vietnam vets, so we really focus on the great songs of that time – “For What It’s Worth,” “Happy Together,” – those amazing songs that take you back to where you were. Since each of us have a certain quality, I tend to give those members a choice on which song they’d like to sing. Like, if I want to bring in some Fleetwood Mac, I’ve got the Christine McVie voice, and then Wanda or Audra will do Stevie Nicks. For “In the Midnight Hour,” I’ll get Mike to sing that, he is our Wilson Pickett. Vito is our ’70s rock guy, singing Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, etc. We have Dan, our very own John Lennon. I’ll sing the Paul McCartney harmony behind him. We always make it work.
R: Does anyone write original music?
L: I believe we have all written our own music, but we like to play the songs that people remember. I’ve heard too many times that we are the only band that plays the music we do — like “California Dreamin.’” When is the last time you heard a band play that? Great songs you just don’t hear out and about on the live music circuit, and all heavy on harmonies. No one drums like Mike. You’d think you’re in the same room as Ringo Starr. Each riff is exactly what you hear on The Beatles recordings. It’s amazing. Vito will get the leads and plays note for note. Ferris on bass is a wonder to see. I couldn’t ask for more.
R: How often do you rehearse?
L: As often as possible. In vocal practice, we must figure out all the harmonies, the key that we’ll be doing the song in, and then bring it to the band for final practice. Full band practice, a minimum of once weekly.
R: What are your favorite types of gigs? How many gigs do you do?
L: We have played a couple of “All Beatles Revue” gigs: three sets of Beatles hits from ’63-’70. The band loves them, and it is also so interesting that Generation X and Millennials love them, too, as well as classic rock. So far this year, we’ve played about 30 gigs, (private parties, weddings or public events). We are booking already into 2024. We generally will play once per weekend; however, we do back-to-back Fridays and Saturdays, too.
R: What is next?
L: We always want to bring in new music to keep our fans intrigued. That is a lot of work, but we all love doing this. So, I think we’ll keep our noses to the grindstone, and keep on making great music. To book, call us at 843-270-9361.
Mary E. Regan, columnist, is a freelance publicist with her ProPublicist.com consultancy. Seeking new publicity clients and writing projects. Story ideas? Email Mary@ProPublicist.com.