By Sara E. Martin, Army Flier Staff WriterSeptember 12, 2013
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (September 12, 2013) -- It's time to dust off those old boots and cowboy hat; the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation offers an event that is sure to bring out the country in everyone who attends.
Diamonds and Denim, a program that patrons have expressed a desire for in surveys, will be held at The Landing's ballroom Sept. 14 from 6-11 p.m.
"This is an entertainment event with some fun activities for adults and a chance to see a popular music star," said Brian Jackson, DFMWR program manager. "The event appeals to a wide demographic; and patrons have wanted an event that has a country twist with line dancing and a mechanical bull."
This event is the first of its kind to be held at Fort Rucker.
"This is an opportunity to see one of the nation's top musical performers -- Elise Testone," said Jackson. "She beat out thousands of musicians in one of the most renowned reality shows and toured the country as a finalist with the 'American Idol' tour in 2012."
A DJ will also play country music for dancing at the beginning of the night. During that time, patrons will get one free ride on the mechanical bull. Additional rides can be purchased for $5.
Testone will hit the stage at 8 p.m. and play until 10 p.m. She will perform a few country numbers, but will also add her own spin with music in the genre fields of rock, soul and funk. The last hour of the event, the DJ will return as patrons will be able to meet Testone in the ballroom.
"The band and I are honored to come play for such a hard-working, selfless group of leaders who spend their days giving to the community in countless ways," said Testone. "Music has the ability to bring people from all walks of life together. We are hoping to leave Fort Rucker with inspiring moments to share and remember."
Jackson said that DFMWR likes to provide events and programs that cater to patrons' needs, and that this type of event has been sought after over the last year.
"We are excited to provide a fun event like this for our Fort Rucker community, as well as our surrounding communities," he said.
The event is open to the public ages 18 and over. Advanced tickets are $10, and at the door sales are $15 per person. Refreshments will be for sale at the event.
"Our catering staff at The Landing is fantastic," said the program manager. "They will have a nice selection of sampler plates and appetizers for sale, and also plenty of beverages to choose from."
Though the event's theme is country, patrons don't have to wear boots and western shirts to fit in.
"We want people to feel comfortable and not have a specific form of attire. Boots, jeans and cowboy hats are more than acceptable, but even coming in jeans and a nice shirt is fine. Come as you are and enjoy the evening," said Jackson. "This event (enhances) morale amongst our Soldiers, Families and the communities. It supports the Army mission by bringing in fun entertainment that they want and can enjoy."