News and Happenings

Mardi Gras Party with The Spa City Stompers returned to the Kirk Monday, Feb. 24, for the Second Annual Mardi Gras Party.

 Past Events

Over the years the Kirk in the Pines Presbyterian Church has had quite a few special events. Here are some of the highlights!

 Arkansas Symphony Orchestra violinist and concertmaster Kiril Laskarov, concertmaster of the Arkansas Symphony for the last 21 seasons) performed Jan. 12, in the Kirk sanctuary. With Jason
Pennington-Saugey at the piano, Laskarov performed the Edward Elgar Sonata for Violin and Piano Op. 82. The concert was followed by a reception in Hoffius

Treble in the Village 
presented their special seasonalmusic Dec. 11 in Hoffius Hall. This melodious quartet of Kathy Allison, Patty Van Cleave, Sharon Gardner and Kristi Ponder involved us all in a traditional Christmas Carol sing-along. 

The Kirk choir presented "Our Christmas Carols from Around the World," a Sunday afternoon choral concert Dec. 8 in the sanctuary.
Music Director Randy Toney said: “This Christmas program not only includes well-known carols originating from France, England, Germany, Ireland and the Soviet Ukraine, but will also feature four-hand piano artistry by Donna Toney and Fran Stroud." 

The Kirk's Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings was catered this year by Daily Dish Thursday, November 28 in Hoffius Hall.

Cuatro Claviers (Ruth Clemens organ and piano), Martha Smither (piano), Fran Stroud (piano), and Donna Toney (piano) presented a unique program of music arranged for piano quartets Sunday, Oct. 27, in the Kirk Sanctuary.

Village Big Band had the Kirk sanctuary jumping!

More than 130 music lovers who gathered in the Presbyterian Kirk in the Pines sanctuary on Sunday
afternoon, Sept. 29.

"First Ever Fish Fry" was held August 21 in Hoffius Hall catered by Riverside Cafe & Catering. 

Diners contributed non-perishable food items to fill the Food Baskets for charities. 

A Potluck Supper with Speaker Chris McRae was held July 24 in Hoffius Hall. Chris McRae is a member of Central Presbyterian Church of Fort Smith, Arkansas. Chris is considered to be the founder of Solar Under The Sun, given that it was his vision to bring solar power to those areas and individuals suffering from energy poverty!

The University of the Ozarks Chamber Singers kicked off their 2019 concert tour with a May 19  concert at Kirk in the Pines Presbyterian Church!

The annual Kirk picnic was held May 16, at the Balboa Pavilion. The theme this year was “Hometown Picnic.” Grillers Jerral Johnson and Jim Reimers, among others, began cooking hamburgers, hot dogs and bratwursts. The Greenhorns began a day or two earlier to prepare all “fixin’s” like cole slaw, potato
salad, baked beans, tomatoes, buns and cookies for the 125 who attended.  

The Fellowship Committee planned this fun event. 

The Kirk had a Mardi Gras Party Monday, March 4, in Hoffius Hall. Entertainment was provided by the Spa City Stompers, a Dixieland band playing traditional jazz music.

Guests put on theirMardi Gras beads and enjoyed a toe-tapping good time as the Stompers played!

Top of the Rock Entertained

Top of the Rock entertained  February 10. The four-part harmony (barbershop style) concert benefited the Peggy Gram Scholarship Fund and donations went to that charity

Treble in the Village Entertained

Treble in the Village entertained  December 6 in Hoffius Hall. Hors d'oeuvres were shared. 

Left to right: Kathy Allison, Tenor; Sharon Gardner, Bass;Patty Van Cleave, Lead; and Kay Crews, Baritone. This wonderful foursome brings many years of various music backgrounds and loves singing for audiences in Hot Springs Village and beyond.

Kirkin' o' the Tartans

Kirk in the Pines celebrated its Scottish heritage at the Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans on Sept. 16.

The Lyon College Pipe Band from Lyon College in Batesville performed at the Kirk playing Scotland the Brave, among other marches, and accompanied the choir in the anthem Amazing Grace. Jimmy Bell (photo) has lead the ceremony for fifteen years.

Piano & Organ Concert

Four Pianists and organists, Ruth Clemens, Martha Smither, Fran Stroud, and Donna Toney, played a variety of music August 12 in the Kirk Sanctuary! They call themselves the Cuatro Claviers. It was so popular extra folding chairs had to be put in the isles!

A photo travelog of France and Switzerland tour

The travelog of slides was narrated by Tom Hayek in Hoffius Hall Wednesday, August 15, after a Pot Luck Dinner attended by over 100 people.

The tour included the French Riviera, Nice, Monte Carlo, Geneva, Switzerland and many French towns, cities, villages and historic sites.

The Kirk says goodbye to Pat Hightower.

The Kirk Choir with Music Director Randy Toney, gathered June 24 in Hoffius Hall to host a farewell reception for long-time friend and associate, Pat Hightower, who is moving away. There was a great turnout to celebrate her.

The Annual Kirk Picnic was held on July 6 at the Balboa Pavilion.

The Kirk members enjoyed barbecue and baseball at the annual Summer Picnic at the Balboa Pavilion. 

The Lumos Wind Quintet from England performed June 10.

The Lumos Wind Quintet from England played in the Kirk sanctuary as part of the Hot Springs Music Festival. A reception followed in Hoffius Hall.
The Quintet was formed in 2014. The group played a variety of musical styles with arrangements that allow each player to be featured as a soloist. 

The University of the Ozarks Choir

The University of the Ozarks Choir joined us in worship services April 7 & 8. True to their Christian heritage, they prepare students from diverse religious, cultural, educational and economic backgrounds to live life fully.

The Village Big Band entertained the 140 people who attended the All Kirk Dinner, January 29, at the Coronado Center.

 Sunday, December 24, we held our traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. The evening included readings from the Old Testament and New Testament, Christmas carols, the Kirk Choir, a mixed quartet, and more. The service concluded with a candle flame passed throughout the church.

 Everyone was in a festive mood and enjoyed the fun and games at the second annual Kirk Christmas Gathering.

December 13, over 80 Kirk members laid out a literal smorgasbord of salads, entrées, vegetables, side dishes and finger foods, desserts, punch, and other drinks. 

The ladies’ quartet Treble In the Village provided musical entertainment for the evening.

Voices Rising presented a summer concert Sunday, June 25. This select group of vocalists, under the direction of Fran Stroud, presented music ranging from Broadway to sacred to patriotic.

A men's quartet shared a Spiritual and a Gospel number in four-part harmony. The ladies of Voices Rising performed the popular song "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen. A highlight of the concert was the acapella numbers that Voices Rising performed. The concert benefitted local charities.

  Two delightful characters, "Mabel" and "Melvis," brought their "daily radio show" to Presbyterian Kirk in the Pines from "Lazy Oaks, Arkansas" in May, 2017. 

"Laugh Lines," was an original comedy, written and produced by Bev Bullard and Judy Corwin to benefit Safe Haven Shelter in Hot Springs. The comedy lived up to its name.

After the show, Melvis and Mabel greeted their many fans in the Narthex. The evening's Free Will Offering yielded $655 to benefit homeless women and children in Safe Haven Shelter!