HOPEWELL — When Donna Meade was asked what’s new on her horizon, she smiled and replied with energy, “The Old Dominion Barn Dance on August 18th with Crystal Gayle.” Yes, the legendary music star, Crystal Gayle, will be performing in Hopewell at the Beacon Theatre.

But, that’s not all. The Old Dominion Barn Dance performance features an all-star cast of singers, dancers, entertainers and comedians.

Additionally, Meade said, “We’ve got a bluegrass group called Salt and Light, six brothers and sisters. They look fabulous. It’s an interesting name. Boy they’re really fun looking kids in their teens to early 20s. They really created a buzz around town.”

While each barn dance features tried and true staples like Cloggers performing Lord of the Dance styled moves and routine. Meade said, “We always strive to raise the bar at each show and give the patrons the best possible show they can see. We work really hard at it.”

And work hard at entertaining she has throughout her life. Meade described her experience entertaining the troops decades ago. “My brothers and I had a band and we traveled the military circuit playing the NCO and CPO clubs. We went from Limestone, Maine where the AFB is, Banger AFB, all the way down to Key West, Florida. We would go to Minot AFB, ND. I remember playing Grand Forks AFB.” Meade added that she had also entertained the airmen at Langley AFB in Hampton.

Meade is still entertaining folks to this day. She said, “It is my passion. It is what I love to do. I get to use all my talents. What a wonderful thing to do. I get to use them for the benefit of others.”

Continuing, she said, “One of my favorite quotes in the world is by Pablo Picasso: 'The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.'”

And, continuing the tradition of providing wholesome family entertainment, Meade also commented about keeping things fresh and new. “We do work hard to raise the bar each time and keep things fresh. We don’t ever want to be predictable or boring.”

Having country legend Crystal Gayle perform at the next barn dance would certainly seem to fit that bill. Loretta Lynn’s little sister, Gayle, has been entertaining and on the charts for decades. She is best known for hits, such as "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," "Half the Way", "Talking in Your Sleep," and "You Never Gave Up on Me."

Having big country artists and entertainers have been a hit for the Old Dominion Barn Dance.

Meade explained, “The patrons come to us and they’ll say, ‘I know I’ve said it before, but this show was your best.’”

For more information about the Old Dominion Barn Dance, visit www.OldDominionBarnDance.webs.com or contact manager Lynne Coloacone at (804) 896-2511.

There will be two shows on Aug. 18. Showtimes are 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets for either show can be purchased from the Beacon Theatre box office by visiting hopewell.boxoffice-tickets.com or by calling 800-440-8539.