Musical pearls for Ladies Advance

Sep 02, 2014
Karla Armstrong

Camden — A Strand of Pearls: Musical and Spiritual Refreshment will be offered at the Cornerstone Baptist Church’s Ladies Advance conference Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12 and 13. All women are invited to attend this special musical weekend.

The main speaker for the annual conference will be Karla Armstrong, who found her first autoharp in the passenger seat of the family car — a surprise gift from her husband. Since then, that “wondrous wad of wood and wire” has taken her to some unexpected places including the winner’s circle in autoharp championships; to England, to present workshops and concerts; to Nashville for a special recording project; and to places of special blessing such as the bedside of the dying, sharing songs with kids around the campfire and visiting the elderly.

That first autoharp kindled a mysterious attraction to and ability for unusual stringed instruments. In addition to chromatic and diatonic autoharp, Armstrong plays the bowed psaltery, the hammered dulcimer, the mountain dulcimer, banjimer and, most recently, the lever harp. Originally from Baltimore, Armstrong holds a bachelor’s degree in Russian language and literature from George Washington University.

Cornerstone Baptist Chuirch is located at 164 Cobb Road. Registration cost is $10, which can be prepaid or paid in person at registration, Friday from 6 to 6:30 p.m.; or Saturday, starting at 8 a.m. Friday evening, Armstrong will present the first part of her series, A Strand of Pearls (taken from Isaiah 61:10), along with her music. Saturday, she will continue her series and present a concert. There also will be various workshops, crafts and great food.

For more information or a brochure, contact the church at or call 236-0687.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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