Waycross, Georgia’s very own sister-singer-songwriters, Beau + Luci, performed recently at two important Waycross events - Lewis & Raulerson, Inc.’s 75th Anniversary Celebration on May 1, 2014, and the Friendly Express, Inc. 25th Anniversary Celebration on May 17, 2014. Despite the forecasted scattered showers that turned into severe thunderstorms for the Lewis & Raulerson, Inc. celebration and high winds during the Friendly Express, Inc. event, Beau + Luci, both agreed that they had a blast and learned a great deal about outdoor performances.
“If this is any indication of how the coming summer schedule is going to be, then we’re really excited about what’s ahead,” Luci explained as Beau added with a grin, “And we seriously hope it is, because we had a great time.” The sister duo kicked off their performances with a musical mash of “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons and “Pumped Up Kicks“ by Foster the People. Beau + Luci performed sets of cover songs from a mix of classic rock, pop, indie, and modern country genres and closed out the afternoon with an almost prophetic Imagine Dragon’s hit, “It’s Time.”
“It was a privilege to have been included in these two milestone celebrations and an honor to know the two companies placed such confidence in us. We respect and appreciate what Lewis & Raulerson, Inc. and Friendly Express, Inc. stand for within the community, because of their business reputation, rich history, and the importance they place on family, community, and integrity,” explained Luci. “They’ve [referring to Lewis & Raulerson, Inc. and Friendly Express, Inc. employees and owners] all been a huge part of our entire life, since our Dad has worked within the corporate establishment for nearly 20 - years,” continued Beau, “and we’re just so happy to begin our 2014 performance schedule at home, with family and friends, and with a company that means so much to us.”
The Lewis & Raulerson, Inc. 75th Anniversary Celebration was a reception-style gathering held outside on the grounds of the home office located at 1759 State Street, Waycross, Georgia. A catered buffet of an old-fashioned fish fry with all of the trimmings was the main course, along with a special edition 75th Anniversary cake for desert. Beau was sure to point out, “We also really enjoyed Waycross Coca-Cola Bottling Company’s own Mr. Terry Murray’s famous grilled chicken legs and sausage dogs! Lucky for us, he managed to save a few drumsticks for us.” Luci agreed, “That man is a grill-master, and we always look forward to seeing him, especially seeing him behind a grill!” Despite the bad weather, it certainly didn't dampen any spirits, as everyone enjoyed the food, live music, and reminiscing with friends and business associates, while the rain delay provided Beau + Luci an opportunity to meet guests and to enjoy the food and memorabilia on display.
Accordingly, it was a beautiful day of outdoor fun at the Friendly Express, Inc. 25th Anniversary Celebration, which was held at Gary Sellers’ farm in Hortense, GA. Every one enjoyed the family-style picnic with a barbeque buffet complete with southern sides and desserts catered by Smoke Rising BBQ of Blackshear, GA. Throughout the day various activities included some friendly competitions, music and dancing, along with some outdoor relaxation and old-fashioned fellowship as guests ambled around the Sellers’ farm enjoying the display of historical memorabilia including farming and general store collectibles and antiquities.
Lewis & Raulerson, Inc. President, David L. Turner & his wife Allison Taylor Turner are the parents of Beau + Luci (locally known as Anna Caitlin & Sara Brittin Turner) and their younger brother Braeden Turner. As special guests, Beau + Luci were privileged to have their great-grandfather, Mr. A.G. Fowler, and their grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. James L. “Jimbo” & Marcia Taylor, and Mrs. James H. (Betty) Turner in attendance for the 75th Anniversary event along with their great uncle and aunt from Prosperity, SC, Mr. & Mrs. Fred & Shirley Kingsmore, in attendance for the 25th Anniversary picnic.
“We also want to graciously thank Lewis & Raulerson, Inc. and Friendly Express, Inc. for allowing us to be a part of these two milestone celebrations, for supporting the Beau + Luci OneHeart Project, and for being a partnering sponsor in the Beau + Luci musical journey,” Luci said. “Without these fine businesses and the wonderful people in the area supporting and encouraging us, none of this would be possible,” agreed Beau. With many more exciting announcements on the horizon, as the Beau + Luci team begin working with and promoting upcoming events with Masterlab.com Super-producer, Trace Thomas and continuing to partner with local businesses through sponsoring opportunities, investments, and promotions.
Events like the Lewis & Raulerson's 75th Anniversary Celebration and the Friendly Express, Inc. 25th Anniversary Celebration give this dynamic duo the opportunity to talk about the Beau + Luci OneHeart Project. You can also partner with Beau + Luci by getting your special edition Beau + Luci OneHeart shirts produced locally by Spencer Kelly of KellyInk with all proceeds being used to help increase awareness for and support grassroots efforts to fight poverty and offer encouragement to those in the Waycross-Ware County area.
For more information, or just to stop by and say hello, bookmark the Beau + Luci website and sign their friends’ list at www.BeauAndLuci.com; also, be sure to follow Beau + Luci on Facebook.com/OfficiallyBeauAndLuci and Twitter.com/BeauAndLuci. Through your social media interaction and words of encouragement, you will be helping Waycross’ very own dynamic duo,
Beau + Luci, change lives by doing the small things with great love and perseverance – Create Hope, Inspire Joy, Encourage Faith and Share Love – OneHeart at a time.
Article originally published in the Waycross Journal-Herald on June 6, 2014.