Home show mixes in a little rock and country

March 08, 2007|by JULIE E. GREENE

They're a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll.

However, one of their biggest hits was a song you probably wouldn't catch Donny and Marie Osmond singing.

"Kiss You All Over," which hit No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart in 1978, was risqu at the time, and that's why it sold so well, said J.P. Pennington, founding member and lead guitarist and vocalist for Exile. The day after Jesse Jackson mentioned the song, sales shot through the roof, Pennington said.

Exile will be performing the pop hit as well as several of its more recent country hits at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater during a benefit concert and auction Saturday night to benefit Safe Place - Washington County Child Advocacy Center.

The fundraiser is part of Home Show 2007, presented by Home Builders Association of Washington County. The Home Show will be held Saturday and Sunday at HCC's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center.


The home show attracted 7,000 visits last year, said Debi Turpin, the association's executive director.

About 180 vendors are expected this year, including builders, remodelers, financial institutions, and companies that specialize in awnings, gutters, insulation, electrical matters, heating, air conditioning and flooring, she said.

This show probably has the most variety, among vendors, compared with previous home shows the association has held, Turpin said.

New vendors include landscaping company Yard Art Design from Westminster, Md., Noel's Fire Protection from Hagerstown and Viaav, a Hagerstown firm that wires homes for lighting and sound, Turpin said.

There will be more builders and remodelers this year, she said.

Also, returning vendors include Renew It All, a Smithsburg firm that renews bathrooms with such work as making tubs look new, and Space Crafters, a Williamsport company that does custom closet organizing, Turpin said.

The show also will have door prizes, free children's activities and food for sale.

This is the third year the Home Show has held a concert fundraiser for Safe Place. Last year's concert raised more than $5,000, Turpin said.

Memorabilia autographed by country music artists will be auctioned off during a silent auction before the concerts and a live auction between band performances. This includes an acoustic guitar signed by Tim McGraw and an autographed promotional photo of Kenny Chesney.

Possum Holler will open for Exile, which formed in 1963 as The Exiles.

Exile will perform several of its hits, including "Woke Up in Love," "Give Me One More Chance," "She's a Miracle" and "Hang on to Your Heart" - all songs Pennington said he wrote or co-wrote.

The band also will play some new songs, Pennington said in a recent phone interview.

If you go to the concert ...

WHAT: Benefit Concert & Auction for Safe Place - Washington County Child Advocacy Center starring Exile and Possum Holler

WHEN: Saturday, March 10. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The silent auction starts at 6 p.m. Possum Holler begins at 7:15 p.m. The live auction is at 8 p.m., and Exile takes the stage at 9:15 p.m. Exile will sign autographs after the show.

WHERE: Kepler Theater, Hagerstown Community College, 11400 Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown.

COST: Tickets are $15.

MORE: For tickets, go to or call 301-739-0135. Tickets also are available at Higher Ground Coffee on Dual Highway and at Commonwealth Systems on U.S. 11 in Greencastle, Pa., off the Interstate 81 exit. Tickets also will be sold at the door.

If you go to the Home Show ...

WHAT: Home Show 2007, presented by Home Builders Association of Washington County

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 11

WHERE: Athletic, Recreation and Community Center, HCC, east of Hagerstown

COST: $2. Ages 12 and younger get in free.

MORE: For more information, call 301-739-0135 or go to

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