‘Whosoever Will May Come’

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Article Published: May. 16, 2013 | Modified: May. 16, 2013
‘Whosoever Will May Come’

John’s River Quartet, featuring Ed Penley, Ernie Penley, Steve Greene and Richard ‘Jack’ Hartley,’ will perform at the 89th Singing on the Mountain June 23 at Grandfather Mountain’s MacRae Meadows.

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This summer, there will be singing on the mountain — literally.

The 89th annual Singing on the Mountain returns to Grandfather Mountain’s MacRae Meadows in Linville Sunday, June 23.

Founded in 1924 as a Sunday school picnic and family gathering by Joe Hartley from Linville, the event is one of the largest and longest running events in the South. Featuring the nation’s top gospel and bluegrass gospel groups, the event has also welcomed past performers like Johnny Cash, Bob Hope, Boots Randolph and others.

This year’s event, hosted by Tim Greene of The Greenes, will feature The Chuck Wagon Gang, John’s River Quartet, Michael Combs, Terry Warren, The Cockman Family, Ernie Couch and Revival, Patricia Smith of Abundance Ministries, The Gospel Enforcers and The Greenes.

The guest speaker will be Will Graham, grandson of renowned evangelist and past guest speaker Billy Graham and the son of Samaritan’s Purse’s Franklin Graham. The singing will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the message by Graham around 11 a.m.

This year will not only be the first appearance for John’s River Quartet but somewhat of a homecoming, as well. Founder Joe Hartley is the great uncle and great, great uncle of the quartet members.

“We are very excited about singing at this event,” quartet member Ernie Penley said. “It has been a big part of our family and history. We are honored to carry on the family tradition.”

The event is free to the public and camping without hookups on a first come basis will be available from June 16 to 24. Food and merchandise will also be available. Attendees should be sure to bring a lawn chair.

For more information about Grandfather Mountain and the event, visit http://www.grandfather.com or call (800) 468-7325.

As Joe Hartley always said, “Whosoever will may come.”

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