Transylvania County 150th First Community Event

   (Brevard, NC) - The Rosenwald Community will host the first of many distinct community events in celebratin of the Transylvania County Sesquicentennial. The event, an inspirational gospel concert, "A Charge to Keep I Have" will be held on Saturday, March 12 from 4-6 p.m. at Bethel "A" Baptist Church at 290 Oakdale Street in Brevard. Edith Darity is the community contact for this event. She and the organizing committee invite residents and visitors to participate and share in what promises to be a memorable and uplifting afternoon.

   The music sung will be inclusive of the African American religious tradition and combined African American choirs from the community will participate. Musicians will sing time metered hymns musically noted to demonstrate the unique imprint of African American heritage religious tranditions born in Europe to contemporary music of today. The musicians featured will be from Bethel "A" Baptist, Bethel Baptist, New French Broad and Glade Creek church choirs.

   The performance will be under the direction of Mrs. Joan Bell, a local resident who has a distinctive and impressive music career. Bell is an outstanding musician who started playing the piano at a very young age. By the age of six, she had accompanied her mother, the late Johnsie L. Mills and her aunt Josephine Wynn singing gospel music on our local radio station WPNF.

   Throughout her career in music, Bell has shown humility using her God-given talent to touch lives and lift spirits as she sings with power and shares her electrifying style of music. She has served many churches as Minister of Music and has conducted concerts throughout the United States.

   At the Transylvania County Opening Ceremony on February 15, Mike Hawkins, Chairman of the Sesquicentennial Steering Committee, encouraged the audience to participate in the meaningful selection of events hosted by the diverse communities that make up the County. He noted "to get there early" on March 12 to experience this inaugural community event of the Sesquicentennial year. Immediately following the concert, refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall. The committee is also planning an historical display to be viewed in the Fellowship Hall. For more information, visit

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