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Power of a song / April 30, 2015

Dear Viewpoint,

Those of us lucky enough to have a ticket to the sold out Joey+Rory concert at The Prizery were treated to a wonderful evening of music and storytelling. I expected to be thoroughly entertained, but I did not expect to be so deeply moved by the backstory of how the relationship between Joey, Rory, and our community has evolved over the years.

Delegate James Edmunds explained that his wife, Jennifer, played him one of their songs. One thing led to another, which led to Joey+Rory playing at the Halifax County Fair. As their friendship grew, so did trips to Halifax County (and performances at the fair). Ultimately, Halifax County was chosen as the location for “Josephine,” the feature film currently in production.

Aaron Carnahan, co-writer and producer of “Josephine,” explained to the audience that Halifax County was chosen as the site for this film because of our community and its support of the arts. He spoke about the stage he was standing on, the building he was in, and the countless individuals and businesses who have given their gifts, skills, and love to this project.

A few months ago, I decided to change careers to become the Managing Director of The Prizery because of my love of the arts and the way this community has welcomed me since I moved here in 2002. Hearing others speak about the arts and our community has absolutely shown me that I made the right decision!

Thank you, Joey, Rory, Aaron, James, and all of you who participate in and support the arts. The impact is far-reaching. Who could’ve guessed that a single song would’ve turned into a million-dollar movie production in Halifax County, Virginia?!

Alison Streeter
Managing Director, The Prizery
South Boston

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