“Smoke on the Mountain” gives military salute


By Owen Wells - [email protected]



LOGAN — Southern Coalition for the ARTS production of “Smoke on the Mountain: Sanders Family Christmas” will continue to show Dec. 11, 12 and 13.

For performance on Dec. 11, the group plans to kick of the show with a full military salute.

The salute will include a presentation and posting of the colors, the National Anthem and a rendition of “Taps.”

Anyone with valid military identification will be provided with a complimentary ticket.

Artistic diretor for the ARTS, Rachel Noe-Maynard commented, “‘Smoke On the Mountain: Sanders Family Christmas’ is set on Dec. 24, 1941 — right at the beginning of WWII. Dennis, one of the Sanders twins, has enlisted in the Marines and will ship out the next day. The Sanders get together to sing one last time before Dennis ships out. As much as it is a comedy, the show also deals with what a family goes through when they send one of their own off to war, and also how much it means to all of us to be able to just come home.”

Representatives from the ARTS explained “Smoke on the Mountain: Sanders Family Christmas” is a sequel to the bluegrass and gospel infused musical, “Smoke on the Mountain.”

In March of this year, the ARTS staged several performances of “Smoke on the Mountain.”

Residents may remember the ARTS’ push to take the Logan back to 1938 – the time period in which “Smoke on the Mountain” is set.

The new show features the same cast of characters and many of the same actors from the ARTS’ previous production of “Smoke on the Mountain.”

Noe-Maynard added the military salute is something for which many members of the ARTS hold personal ties. “For me, it is very personal. My grandfather, Victor Noe, is a WWII Navy Veteran. I always loved hearing his stories about being in the navy. He actually received his diploma on his ship as he was 17 when he enlisted. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for those who make the decision to volunteer their service and may possibly give their life for our freedom. We here at the ARTS feel it’s important to honor and support all factions of our community and this was a perfect show to honor our veterans.”

The ARTS has also grouped with Logan’s local foster agency, NECCO, for Christmas toy drive.

NECCO will be on hand at each performance collecting monetary donations as well as new toys for the toy drive.

“Smoke on the Mountain: Sanders Family Christmas” will show at the Coalfield Jamboree Theater in downtown Logan Dec. 11 and 12 at 7 p.m.

A matinee performance will be staged Dec. 13 at 2 p.m.

“The ARTS hopes everyone has the merriest of holidays spending the season in peace, love and gratefulness,” added Noe-Maynard.

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By Owen Wells

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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]

Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]

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