Ole Tennessee Opry to Celebrate ‘This Time of Year’
Article excerpts from the Tullahoma News, written by Faith Few, December 9, 2018.
The Old Tennessee Opry is presenting a Christmas show called “This Time of Year” that will feature performer Mandy Barnett.
“This is a fundraiser for the Nikki Mitchell Foundation,” said event coordinator Diane Kuzina. “We’re raising awareness for the cause all while helping patients and their families. We want everyone to come join us for this great night of entertainment for a great cause.”
All proceeds will benefit the Nikki Mitchell Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps pancreatic cancer patients manage health care and everyday living expenses.
Mandy Barnett is a singer and performer who has been entertaining for as long as she can remember. Barnett’s vocal style pairs beautifully with classic country and pop.
“I’ve heard so many great things about the Ole Tennessee Opry,” said Barnett. “It’s a historic and beautiful building, and I’ve heard that the acoustics sound amazing. I’m really, really excited for the event. I’m bringing a fantastic band down from Nashville, and we’re going to have an awesome time. There’s going to be good food and good music for a great cause.”
Barnett said she was excited to be supporting a cause like the Nikki Mitchell Foundation.
“I didn’t personally know Nikki, but I’ve heard great things about her,” the singer said. “I know her foundation helps a great amount of people and I’m so proud to be a part of a show that helps so many.”
During the show, fans can expect to dine in a vintage, but elegant, setting with food provided by Julie Cobb’s Southern Spoon Catering and Rustic Catering by Neal Gordon and Dee McCullough.
After dinner, Barnett will perform a set list that includes some of country and pop’s greatest classic hits and some Christmas favorites.
Nikki Mitchell Foundation
According to the Nikki Mitchell Foundation website, Mitchell was a Texas native. She spent many years building successful artistic ventures down in the Lone Star State.
When bigger dreams came calling, Mitchell moved to Nashville to manage the enterprises of the outlaw country star Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter. She served as the president of their company for 22 years.
During the time she was managing music, Mitchell was also making history with her own Bridge of Wings flight.
While Mitchell was more than busy managing musicians and honoring history, she also owned and ran a weekend café down on the square in Normandy. Mitchell was the previous owner of The Ole Tennessee Opry, and this is the very same building in which tonight’s dinner and show will be held.
In 2010, Mitchell was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She battled the disease for 31 months. In July 2013, Mitchell she died with one last dream on her list: to save others from the devastating disease of pancreatic cancer.
Because Mitchell cared so much about helping others, her friends formed the foundation in her name and memory.
Currently, the foundation helps over 40 pancreatic cancer families and patients monthly. The funds from the foundation go towards medical bills, groceries and overall living expenses of pancreatic cancer patients.