The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society announces its final concert for 2019 at the Chatsworth Depot on Saturday, Aug. 10. These concerts, called Saturday Singing at the Depot, have featured popular local groups who sing a variety of music. The spectacular August finale will feature train rides, a used book sale and tours as well as the music.
The Chatsworth Depot's own Big Blue Train will be running with boarding near the depot. Train rides will cost $2 per person. The train was introduced earlier this year through the generosity of Charles Cofield and Engineer Billy (aka Murray County Tax Commissioner Billy Childers). It had been decades since anyone had taken a train ride from the Chatsworth Depot, but, weather permitting, you can on Aug. 10!
Opening the concert is 12-year-old Lily Bearden, a student at Dalton Middle School. Lily, a violinist, plays the flute in the honors band and also sings in the school Mariachi band. She also loves to draw and read in her free time and she spent two weeks abroad this summer, traveling to London and Romania.
The feature act is Ray Catoe, who is originally from Cliftondale where he won second place in a Christmas talent show at the age of 16. After he moved to Chatsworth about three years ago, he wrote a song in memory of his wife's sister and sang it at First Methodist. This revived his childhood interest in singing, so he joined the church choir and became the featured soloist every third Sunday.
He has been married to Paula Catoe for 34 years. They have two sons, three daughters, 10 grandchildren and two great-grands. He states, "I always wanted to be able to touch someone with a song. Never sang anywhere but church since 1968, now can't wait for every third Sunday. Must have been meant to be." The 5 p.m. concert is free, but donations are appreciated.
Other events will take place around the depot and the adjacent Historic Wright Hotel throughout the day. The Murray County library, in anticipation of the long-awaited move back into their newly renovated facility, will have a huge used book sale at the Wright Hotel beginning that morning.
The depot and the hotel will both be open for guided tours from 2 p.m. until concert time. The hotel has a special display on the history of Murray County High School that includes 1930s scorebooks, pieces of lockers from the Rock Building, a gym bag from the 1970s and a 1980s cap and gown.
The public is invited to visit these historic buildings in downtown Chatsworth on Aug. 10 and enjoy the train ride, book sale, free tours and Saturday Singing at the Depot. Look for more about the Wright Hotel and the depot on Facebook.