Walnut Ridge will put on its fourth annual Beatles at the Ridge Festival on Friday-Saturday along U.S. 67, the site of the town’s “Guitar Walk” on 9-18-15 weekend!!!

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This article was published September 17, 2015 at 1:53 a.m.

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Walnut Ridge will put on its fourth annual Beatles at the Ridge Festival on Friday-Saturday along U.S. 67, the site of the town’s “Guitar Walk.”

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Commemorating the brief stop the Beatles made in Walnut Ridge during their 1964 U.S. tour (they flew in and out en route to and from a Missouri ranch where they spent some down time), the northeast Arkansas town will put on its fourth annual Beatles at the Ridge Festival on Friday-Saturday along U.S. 67, the site of the town’s “Guitar Walk.” The festival will feature live performances by Deadwood Grove, Jeffrey and the Pacemakers, Lauren Richmond, Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers, Riverbilly and the Liverpool Legends tribute band. Other activities and attractions include the Octopus Garden for Kids, the Nuttin’ But Talent contest (the winner opens for the Liverpool Legends), a British car show and shine, an air guitar competition and duck calling contests. Ivor Davis, author of The Beatles and Me on Tour, will headline the noon Friday Artists and Authors Symposium. Admission and parking are free; there’s a charge for the Octopus Garden blow-ups, bounce houses and amusement rides. A complete schedule is available at BeatlesattheRidge.com.

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During 2015 I have been looking long and hard at the lives of the Beatles and particularly what Francis Schaeffer had to say about them and the Beatles’ search for satisfaction in life. Schaeffer’s favorite album was SERGEANT PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND and he took a lot of time analyzing many of the people who appeared on that album. Some of those who made it onto the cover  were part of these groups: comedians (Lenny Bruce, Oliver Hardy,  Stan Laurel, W.C. Fields, Tommy Handley, and  Max Miller), musicians (Dion, Bob Dylan, Stuart Sutcliffe), philosophers (Karl Marx), actors (Johnny Weissmuller, Marlon Brando , Bobby Breen),  models (Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich and Diana Dors), builders (Simon Rodilla), intellectuals (Aldous Huxley, Carl Gustav Jung), artists (Stuart Sutcliffe, H. C. Westermann, Larry Bell, George Petty, Aubrey Beardsley, Richard Merkin, Heinz Edelmann, Alberto VargasWallace Berman, Richard Lindner),  mystics (Aleister Crowley, Paramahansa Yogananda,) athletes ( Johnny Weissmuller), and scientists (Albert Einstein). Unfortunately many of them never found satisfaction in their lives either and turned to alcoholism( James Joyce, W.C. Fields, Tony  Curtis, Lenny Bruce, Edgar Allan Poe, Dylan Thomas, and  Marilyn Monroe ).

The Beatles themselves looked into many things during their 9 years together and some of these include Psychedelic music, drugs, eastern mysticism, anti-war protests, and sexual exploits.

I also take a look at the meaning of the cover of SERGEANT PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND, and several of the most popular songs of the Beatles are broke down (Strawberry Fields Forever, Happiness is a warm gun, The Walrus, A Day in the Life, and She’s Leaving Home).

John Lennon and the Beatles really were on a long search for meaning and fulfillment in their lives  just like King Solomon did in the Book of Ecclesiastes. Solomon looked into learning (1:12-18, 2:12-17), laughter, ladies, luxuries, and liquor (2:1-2, 8, 10, 11), and labor (2:4-6, 18-20). Solomon found that without God in the picture all these pursuits were a “chasing of the wind.”

I wrote a letter each to Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr explaining what answers that Christ gives to these questions have tried to get answered all their lives.

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