Twin Creeks Presents: Mike Farris and the Fortunate Few Benefitting the Montana Scholarship Fund

Twin Creeks Presents: Mike Farris and the Fortunate Few Benefitting the Montana Scholarship Fund

Do you love live music and the outdoors? We do, too! Twin Creeks is proud to announce this fall's most exciting lakefront concert at Twin Creeks. Join us on Saturday, November 27th, for a special performance by GRAMMY Award-Winning artist “Mike Farris and the Fortunate Few.” This intimate engagement will take place from 6:00-9:00 pm at the Honeysuckle, Twin Creeks' open-air concert and events venue on Tims Ford Lake. But more than just a terrific live music event, it’s a concert for a cause. Proceeds from the event benefit the Montana Scholarship Fund. 

To tell you more about the Montana Scholarship Fund and how Twin Creeks got involved, we asked Montana Scholarship Board Member Beth Rhoton and Twin Creeks Events Director Cindy Stephens to share it all. Here's what they had to say:

Q1: What's the Montana Scholarship Fund?

Beth Rhoton: The Montana Scholarship began in 2008, helping to provide English language education for children in rural communities in  China. In 2014, we built The Helping Hands Academy in Roatan, Honduras, and continue to provide the facilities, teachers, and supplies for 120 children to attend regularly. Without the Montana Scholarship, these children would not have the opportunity to be educated. They learn English to join the tourism industry, which is the primary way for people in this area to overcome poverty and achieve economic stability. 

What began as a way to share our vision that "every child deserves an opportunity" internationally soon became a way to support our local communities here every day as well. Today, the Montana Scholarship sponsors many events for children in this community. For example, we helped with improvements to Isaiah 117 House, a local children’s shelter that supports children as they transition to foster care. We also sponsor many free children’s events, provide financial assistance to help critically ill kids and their families, grant "wishes" for them, and often procure needed items for children who have been involved in unfortunate circumstances. We also orchestrate holiday toy drives for at-risk youth, which is part of what this event will help make possible. 

Q2: How will the Mike Farris and the Fortunate Few concert support the Montana Scholarship?

Beth:  Mike Farris has been an advocate for what we do since 2019 when he was the opening entertainment for Once Upon A Christmas in Downtown Winchester.  As with many organizations, 2020 proved to be a tough year for the scholarship due to our major fundraisers being canceled. Due to some generous donors and lots of prayers, though, we survived, and this event will not only help us raise funds for the scholarship, but it will also help us kick off the holiday season and annual toy drive! In fact, we're asking those attending the concert to bring a new, unwrapped gift to the event, which will be distributed among the at-risk youth programs we support. 

Q3: How did Twin Creeks get involved in the event?

Cindy Stephens: I'm a huge Mike Farris fan. Did you know he's a Winchester local? It’s great to see him wanting to support Winchester and the surrounding areas. At Twin Creeks, we love to give back, so when Beth approached us with the need for a safe, open-air venue, I knew the Honeysuckle would be the perfect backdrop for the benefit. We’re donating the use of the Honeysuckle and the proceeds to the Montana Scholarship. Our guests will have a terrific time for a  great cause, and we're honored to be a part of it.

About the event

The concert will take place on Saturday, November 27th, from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the Honeysuckle at Twin Creeks. The Honeysuckle is an open-air covered pavilion located at 1260 Lynchburg Road, Winchester, TN 37398. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. The event will kick-off with a special performance by "Hairy Canary," followed by “Mike Farris and the Fortunate Few.” GET TICKETS NOW.

About Mike Farris

Mike Farris is a GRAMMY Award-Winning artist whose style has been likened to Sam Cooke or Otis Redding. Songs include Silver & Stone, Shine for All the People, and Tennessee Girl, among others. Awards include the 2008 Americana Music Association's New/Emerging Artist of the Year Award, the 2010 GMA Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Album of the Year for SHOUT! Live, and a 2015 GRAMMY Award for Best Roots Gospel Album for Shine For All The People.

“Mike Farris has enough heart, soul, and power to light up a city. He mixes up the elements and turns them into something new, beautiful, and uniquely his own.” — Buddy Miller