By Ray Van Dusen/Monroe Journal
ABERDEEN – To brighten the luminosity of the reality television limelight Aberdeen is currently basking under, Save Aberdeen Landmarks is throwing the celebrity factor into the mix July 13 as people will have chance to mingle with Grammy Award winning country music artist Wynonna Judd while helping fund a worthy cause.
“This evening is going to be a fun way for people to donate money to help save the green building downtown. Because of Billy Brasfield’s influence here and his friendship with Wynonna, we were able to have her for this event,” said Deborah Stubblefield, co-chairperson of an “Evening with Wynonna.”
Aberdeen native Brasfield is currently filming a reality show in Aberdeen about refurbishing older homes that will be aired on HGTV in January. In addition to his friendship with Wynonna, the makeup artist to several celebrities including Beyonce Knowles and Mariah Carey, appeared on an episode of Naomi’s New Morning talk show hosted by Naomi Judd.
Guests to the July 13 events will also have the opportunity of being filmed for the yet to be named reality show.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Adams-French House with a meet and greet with hors d’oeuvres provided by the Cottage Tea Room. The festivities will continue to the Magnolias at 7:30 p.m. with an elegant Mississippi-inspired dinner provided by Terri Lynn Brown. Merchandise booths will be set up at both locations to give people an opportunity to purchase Wynonna memorabilia.
As a duo, Wynonna and Naomi swept the country music scene in the 1980s with more than 20 million albums sold worldwide. The Judds held the title of the top selling country duo until Brooks and Dunn burst onto the scene in the 1990s.
After the Judds disbanded in 1991 due to Naomi’s chronic bout of hepatitis C, Wynonna signed with MCA Records and released seven studio albums, churning out several number 1 hits on the country music charts. Wynonna has also juggled an acting career in recent years with guest starring roles on such shows as “Army Wives” and “Touched By An Angel.” She signed with the over the counter weight loss drug, alli, last year as a spokesperson as well.
Wynonna’s Aberdeen appearance is being squeezed into her busy schedule as she and Naomi are currently recording an album and preparing for the Judd’s farewell tour, which kicks off in November in Green Bay and wraps up in December in Phoenix. Wynonna is also working on her next solo album, which is a follow up to the 2009 release, “Sing: Chapter 1.”
Wynonna will not be performing at the local events. The meet and greet and dinner will be her second appearance in Monroe County in the past six years as she was a featured entertainer at Amory’s Stars Over Mississippi in 2004.
“This night is a social event meant to pull people together for a common cause. It’s the community’s chance to help us out on the Phoenix Drugstore project. All the funds are going back directly to renovate the old five and dime as HGTV calls it. This historic building downtown supports two adjoining buildings and if it was to completely fall, it may start the domino effect,” said Dwight Stevens, chairman of Save Aberdeen Landmarks.
The meet and greet will cost $50 and the dinner will cost $150. There will be 100 tickets available for the meet and greet and 170 tickets for the dinner.
Tickets to the dinner and meet and greet are tax deductible and all proceeds will go to restoring the Phoenix Drugstore Building downtown. Tickets will be available in Aberdeen at Lann Hardware, Shelaine’s, Penny Lane’s Java Cafe, the Aberdeen Visitors Bureau and in Amory at Community Bank.