WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Harmonies from a gospel bluegrass band echoed through a hall Wednesday night at Heritage Academy and spectators occasionally kept the beat with claps as a New Year's Eve tradition at the school entered its 29th year.
New Year's Eve may mean imbibing for some people, but the annual free concert is designed to provide "another kind of party" for the community, said Ann Cunningham, who helped organize the show.
About 150 people attended the show to hear gospel tunes sprinkled with commentary from performers about the power of God.
A man named Shields Secrest started the concert in 1979, and after he passed away not too many years ago, the New Year's Eve show was renamed in his honor, said Cunningham, a member of the Hagerstown-based Morning Star Singers who performed during the Secrest Memorial Sing.
Among those attending the show was Warren Hendershot of Cearfoss.
If it's gospel, it's music to Hendershot's ears.