Senior citizens find camaraderie in country, gospel music


Tom Sutton, Ricky Hart, Margie Roberts and Lois Lancester perform gospel and country music on Friday at Old Spanish Trail Park's Senior Activity Center.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 03:03 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Each week, eight Crestview and Baker area musicians fill local venues with country and Gospel music.

The musicians, who have played together for 10 years, regularly perform at Linda's Philippine & American Cafe in Baker and Crestview's Old Spanish Trail Park Senior Activity Center.

The performances give senior citizens something else to do, and the music is timeless, performers say.

"We play ... the oldies but the goodies," keyboardist Lois Lancester says. Others play the acoustic or electric guitar or the mandolin. Several often sing.  "We just love to play music."

It's a standing appointment for a number of North Okaloosa residents.

Patrick Beverly says he has been listening to the group perform for several years.

Gilbert Heaton of Crestview enjoys the twang.

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