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Christmas Parade kicks off with Heavens 2 Betsy

<p>SUBMITTED PHOTO</p><p>Praise Ringers Handbell Choir from Greenwood First Baptist Church.</p>

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Praise Ringers Handbell Choir from Greenwood First Baptist Church.

<p>SUBMITTED PHOTO</p><p>Heavens 2 Betsy (from left): Nate Gurvey, Rylee Bagwell, Colton Gudgell, Matt Branum.</p>

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Heavens 2 Betsy (from left): Nate Gurvey, Rylee Bagwell, Colton Gudgell, Matt Branum.

The Greenwood Annual Christmas Parade will kick off the holiday season on Monday, December 9 at 7 p.m. The Greenwood Town Square will be alive with food, fun, and music setting the stage for a real Christmas gathering. Music and entertainment will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until the parade ”enters the square”.

Heavens 2 Betsy is a unique group of talented kids that love music. They will perform first followed by Kerri Owenby’s dance group and the Praise Ringers Handbell Choir.

Heavens 2 Betsy members come from varied musical backgrounds and feel that their dynamic differences have been the key to their success. Nate Garvey, the folk musician, is on banjo, guitar and mandolin. Drummer and guitarist Matt Branum provide the punk rock influence while Colton Gudgell brings the hard rock with his electric guitar. Rylee Bagwell rounds the band out with vocals and rhythm guitar.

John Lovett from the Times Record described them as a ‘‘stellar mix made for the musical heavens’.’ Heavens 2 Betsy won the Variety Division at the Sebastian County Fair, the Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair and the Arkansas State Fair. Maverick of KMAG invited them to open for the Swon Brothers and Kristen Kelly. They have also performed at Kendra’s Voice in Ozark, Breast Cancer Awareness Day, Greenwood’s Fall Festival and numerous private events.

The Praise Ringers Handbell Choir from Greenwood First Baptist Church is under the direction of Celeste Williams. The group has been performing since 2000. They have been in high demand this holiday season performing during local church services and banquets. Their holiday season will conclude on December 15th with a concert at the Temple Baptist Church Music Celebration in Fort Smith. Members include Diane Smith, Bobby Richards, Debbie Sadler, Holly Gray, Nancy Nauert, Cheree Spann and Audrey Cook.

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