Meridian Parks & Rec Dedicates John A. Lomax Amphitheater to large crowd

Suzy Makins of the band sang, played a 12-string guitar and sang at the dedication of the John A. Lomax Amphitheater in Meridian park. For the final song of the evening, The Pat & Suzy Makins Band closed their performance with a rendition of Home on the Range.

We visited the dedication of the Meridian Amphitheater Saturday, September 19. A large crowd gathered around the circle to honor musicologist John A. Lomax, his beginnings in Meridian, and the career that he had. The crowd heard from designated speakers, the Pat & Suzy Makins Band, and watched film by Will Godby on Lomax made specially for the event.

Speakers included Meridian Mayor Johnny Hauerland, Don Nicholas of Congressman Roger Williams’s office, Commissioner Precinct 4 Ronnie Liardon, Jack Cameron and Brett Voss of the Meridian Parks and Recreation Board of Directors, and even metalworking artist Jack Walker reading cowboy poetry. Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Jeff Hightower opened the ceremony up with a prayer.


Vendors like Pokey-O’s and Dee’s Delights Confectionery served delicious desserts to patrons.

The Pat and Suzy Makins Band

The band took the stage halfway through the show, descendants of Lomax. The group of five total graced the audience’s ears with folk music originally document by Lomax. The family had fun on-stage, and reflected that in the songs. At the end of each, the crowd responded with applause.

The event ended as the dusk fell, with the Amphitheater lighting up in response.

The newly-christened John A. Lomax Amphitheater.

For our podcast story on the event, listen in below:

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Arthur DeVitalis

Arthur DeVitalis has been in and out of Bosque County since he was a child, and grew up deep in the heart of Texas. He's been a resident of the Hill Country and central Texas for 21 years. He came from Toronto, Ontario to small-town Texas. Today as a Texanadian, Arthur is a journalism graduate of the University of Texas of Austin, a visual storyteller, audio producer, editor, publisher and writer. He's inspired by local history, individuals that unify people to serve others, and art in every medium.

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