Paragould seniors get musical entertainment

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - A Paragould nursing home had some special visitors on Monday, as residents of the Green Acres Nursing Home in Paragould proudly received a special performance by the Rigney Family Bluegrass Band.

Administrator or Green Acres Nursing Home, Marlisa Thompson, says both staff and residents have been thrilled since they first discovered the musical group was on its way. "We are very excited. We have a group coming to play for us that are known all over. Our residents are just jumping up and down. They've been watching them. They know who they are and have been anticipating this ever since they found out they were coming."

Thompson says this visit means a lot to the residents. "Residents in the nursing home have a lot of pleasures, but less than we do in our day to day lives. And when they see someone come and perform for them and give of their own time, it means so much to them."

Father of the group, Mark Rigney, says they love to be asked to come and perform and it doesn't really matter where. "We're really excited about being asked to come out here and play. It's a privilege every time we get invited to play at any event. Whether it's concert hall or a retirement home or a festival we're always excited to do it."

The Rigney Family Bluegrass Band is from Tennessee, and have been playing for the past seven years and touring for four.

Rigney says he and his family enjoy playing, but it's the people who make the trips worthwhile. "The best part of this, for us, is seeing smiles on people's faces and getting to meet really neat folks and see a lot of new places. We have met so many wonderful people and it's just a blessing for us to get to be able to do that and share the music that we love."

The Green Acres Nursing Home currently has 137 residents, and for more information about the Rigney Family Bluegrass Band, you can log onto their website.

For additional information about the Green Acres Nursing Home, log onto this website.

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