David Browning is well known in the region as “The Mayberry Deputy,” but he will appear at this year’s Feast of Joy as someone very different. He will portray that classic Christmas character, Ebenezer Scrooge.
Tickets are now available at First Baptist Church in Elizabethton. Tickets for The Feast of Joy are $20 each and additional contributions are welcomed. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 423-543-1931. Seating is limited.
Proceeds from the 21st annual fundraiser — the Feast of Joy Christmas Dinner — will go to the Shepherd’s Inn — Safe House/Emergency Shelter for Women and Children. The Elizabethton event will be held Monday, Dec. 9. Entertainment will include keyboardist David Arney. The featured performer will be Browning.
The event and is held at Elizabethton's First Baptist Church at 212 E. F St. Hors-d oeuvres are served at 6 p.m. The hors d’oeuvres are contributed by some of the community’s well-known restaurants. Dinner follows at 6:30 p.m. with cuisine as prepared by Chef Eric Hoglund, retired executive chef of the Johnson City Country Club, and served by the students of the Carter County 4-H Club.
Browning has made a living by transforming himself into many characters. He has bridged the gap between the past and today with The Mayberry Deputy, Abraham Lincoln and Ebenezer Scrooge. In addition to his other performing work, Browning is proud to continue performing his one-man show, “A Christmas Carol.”
For over four decades, Browning has been a popular performing artist, national speaker and host. He uses characterization, costuming, gestures and facial expressions to provide his audiences with non-offensive, thoughtful, memorable performances, appealing to diverse ages and backgrounds.
He has over 5,500 performances in 40 states, Canada, and international ship cruises, reaching over 5 million people. Browning’s experience consists of freelance voice, acting, theater directing, management and tourism development. As the Mayberry Deputy, he has opened for the famous original Barney Fife, Don Knotts; and George Lindsey, “Goober” from “The Andy Griffith Show.”
He continues to appear with other original stars of “The Andy Griffith Show” including James Best, who played Jim Lindsey on “Andy” and later, Rosco P. Coltrane of “The Dukes of Hazzard.”
Browning said he is proud to have worked with Carl Hurley’s Cavalcade of Comedy and Carl May’s People of Passion Celebration. Browning’s dramatic presentation of “Scrooge” takes you back to the mid-1800s with this one-man show.
David Arney is a renowned keyboardist. His talents have been witnessed by thousands who have experienced his creative arrangements of a vast genre of musical renditions. David serves as organist at Elizabethton's First United Methodist Church and will perform during the meal.
In addition to the music, the Feast of Joy will again showcase the talents of Lucas Hitchew and Jim Cates as they provide “floormosphere” laughs for the audience.
The Shepherd’s Inn is a safe house/emergency shelter for women and their children escaping domestic violence settings. It is supported by community gifts.