Not far from the West Virginia State Capitol, near Elk Hills and several miles up a steep mountain road, is the secluded family home of Mark Atkinson, a prominent Charleston attorney and faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).
It was there last night that Mark and his family hosted about thirty or so friends and associates for a "Concert on the Lawn", performed chiefly by him and his daughter Micah but also including his daughter Ali and son John Mark.
The Atkinson family hospitality and musical talent truly was and is a marvelous work and a wonder.
Although skilled in singing and playing musical instruments, Mark also is a gifted songwriter. However, his daughter Micah has a voice that perhaps is best described as "resonating liquid velvet".
The musical numbers they performed included the Beatles' song "Eleanor Rigby", Dolly Parton's "I Always Will Love You', a blues number made famous by Billie Holliday, as well as some incredible and touching love songs written by Mark about and for his family. Mark and Micah then finished off this amazing evening with the old LDS favorite hymn, "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing".
One fascinating footnote to last night's wonderful evening of hospitality and music by the Atkinson family was the historical datum shared by Mark that the current Atkinson home is only a few scant miles away from his parent's home and also near the site of an antebellum "underground railroad" sanctuary for escaped slaves.