Spring benefit concert planned for Cook Inlet Academy

Posted: Tuesday, April 20, 2004

It's been 20 years since popular local gospel vocalist Krissi Painter performed a concert in Kenai. Her last performance was a benefit for her alma mater Cook Inlet Academy, known locally as the CIA.

Several years later Krissi married Leon Alsworth, grandson of Babe Alsworth, legendary bush pilot and founder of Port Alsworth on the west side of Cook Inlet surrounded by Lake Clark National Park. Krissi Painter-Alsworth lived in the bush for 17 years and raised 3 children with her husband Leon, "It's been a great time of being out in God's beautiful country. It's been a wonderful lifestyle and my kids have experienced a lot of things that most kids never get a chance to do, but were back in civilization and having a good time here now," said Krissi.

Painter is teaming up with Melodie Pack-Symington to lead a reunion of musicians featuring John Averill, acoustic guitar, John Thornton, electric guitar, Trapper Alsworth, bass guitar, and Curtis Bates on drums. "We really hope music loving folks will join us for a night of fun in the Son," said Melodie. The team of contemporary gospel music artists will once again be performing for the benefit of Cook Inlet Academy. The spring concert entitled "Here's My Song" will be held at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School and begin at 7:00pm. Tickets will be available at the door $10.00 for adults and $6.00 for school age kids.

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