The first annual Banner Elk Firehouse Fundraiser features a very entertaining musical, Always Nina: A Tennessee Story and Songbook. The show runs for three performances in the sanctuary of the historic Banner Elk Presbyterian Church on Thursday, August 25 at 7 PM, August 26 at 2 PM and August 27 at 2 PM. Admission is free. Firefighters will pass the boot for donations.
While this one-woman show has been performed in several states, this will be the North Carolina premier. In 2018, the Connecticut Critic’s Circle named it “Best Musical of 2018” for the state. Always Nina features Nina Allbert telling and singing stories from her childhood through adulthood in middle Tennessee. Hear tales about bikers, beauty queens, teenage moms, evangelists, country people and millionaires, as well as her own family.
Allbert is an authentic Southern storyteller, acclaimed actress and powerhouse singer. Her band joins in for nine original songs with a mix of pop, country, blues and jazz. Music and lyrics are by Joan Burr. Joan will travel from Connecticut to Banner Elk to serve as pianist and music director for the pit orchestra.
Admission to the shows is free, since members of the church are underwriting all costs. Thus, 100% of donations collected go directly to the Banner Elk Volunteer Fire Department. Volunteer firefighters pass the boot during intermission at each performance. No advance reservations or tickets. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted! Make checks payable to “Banner Elk Fire-Rescue”.
Their goal is to raise $5000+ for new rescue equipment and supplies used to save injured people and animals in accidents, hiking medical emergencies, natural disasters and more.
According to Fire Chief Tyler Burr, “We will be upgrading our mountain search and rescue equipment due to the significant increase in outdoor activity in our area. We will also be upgrading our patient management equipment, such as, carriers to move large or disabled patients out of their home. This equipment will also drastically improve patient extraction time for the technical car accidents involving vehicles off the mountain side.”
“Our volunteer firemen are an indispensable part of our community,” says Nina. “We wanted to thank these heroes for their dedication, time and service to our community. What would we do without them? We feel it is important to give them the tools they need to do their job and do it well. What could be more important than saving lives in our beautiful town!”
Read a review of Always Nina, from a performance in the historic Thomaston Opera House in Connecticut.
Banner Elk Presbyterian Church is located at 420 College Drive SW, Banner Elk.
Top needs: Rescue Litter Package ($3250) and Double Clutch Twin Tension Rope System ($4216)
Banner Elk Volunteer Fire Department is located at 345 Shawneehaw Ave South, Banner Elk.