S.O.T.'s Gospel a spiritual success

Spirit of Togetherness and Kathy Taylor

Some say it was an awesome experience, others believe it was a much needed comeback, while all agree it was a spiritually uplifting event. The 2014 Gospel Festival held at COPAC on Saturday, August 2 and hosted by the group, Spirit of Togetherness was definitely a success if you ask any who attended.

The Spirit of Togetherness group, whose president is Varnessa Armstead, was established in 1992.  For 10 years they brought to Plaquemine a Gospel Festival that spotlighted local choirs, soloists, and artists from in and around the surrounding areas, as well as special recording artists, to perform throughout the day. 

In spite of inclement weather, the Fest continued as scheduled relocating to the inside of the COPAC gymnasium.  Various booth vendors selling food, jewelry, baked goods, snowballs, and more were set up inside the gym.  The atmosphere was one of unity and purpose.

Some of the participating area choirs, soloists and artists were: Pastor Clyde McNeil and the Power Driven Choir (host choir), Marcy Fisher, The Fisher Cavaliers, New Revelation, Pastor Ricardo Handy and Mount Zion B. C.  Mid-City, Minister Terrel Griffin, The Jones Sisters, Chozun, Redeemed Fellowship Singers, St. Joseph B.C., Rosehill B.C., Glassy Washington, Alma Askins Rowe, Rozelia Thomas, God’s Own Image, and The African American Museum Sign Language Ensemble.  The day was filled with an outpouring of spiritual songs and dance renditions.  Special guest recording artist, Kathy Taylor of Houston, Texas, was accompanied by the S.O.T. Choir under the direction of Cory N. Stewart, and closed out the Festival with several soul-stirring gospel selections, bringing the people to their feet. 

“All in all, the day accomplished what it was designed to do; to lift up and renew the spirits of everyone in attendance,” said S.O.T. secretary, Wanda B. Jones.

Spirit of Togetherness President, Varnesssa Armstead said, “We would like to thank everyone who attended, participated, donated, and/or played a part in making this day a success.  We especially would like to thank our narrators, Kerwin Fealing, Marilyn “Emcee” Brown, Wanda August, and Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed.  We appreciate the warm words of encouragement and the support shown by Plaquemine, the surrounding areas and Plaquemine Police Department.  We will be back next year and as always, our intention is to bring to you a fest that truly surpasses than the last.”

The event was sponsored by area businesses, political figures and committee fundraisers.  This year, sponsors included: Bayou Fabrications, Axiall Corporation, Les Ann Kirkland, Mayor Tony Gulotta, Parish President Mitchell Ourso, New St. John B.C., St. Joseph B.C., Bayou Road Ace Hardware, Iberville Parish Usher’s Ministry, Michael Mulmore, Pastor Wade Mulmore, Health Source One, Citizens Bank, Plaquemine Bank, Attorney Greg Gounter, Chad Brown, Edward “Lucky” Songy, Clear Choice Cable, Russel Banks, and Thomas Porter.