Oregon County Country Music Theatre Lives on through Music and Learning

Thayer,MO. Oregon County Country Music Theatre  Scholarship

A total of $1,000 in scholarships will be awarded to students through the Oregon County Country Music Theatre Scholarship fund for the Fall 2014 Semester.  The first scholarship awarded from this fund opportunity was created from the ashes of the Oregon County Country Music Theatre which burned on November 2, 2013. The Theatre was the love and creation of Gene and Peggy Boren to  attract visitors and talented musicians to this area and to support education and artists in training. The building was formerly the Assembly of God Church in Thayer, MO.

The new focus will be to enhancing education by the support of students attending vocational schools by awarding scholarships, apprenticeships and sponsorships. The music from the theatre will be virtual, without building boundaries,  and continue to be made for the benefit of students and education. Both education and music, once embedded, will live forever.

To qualify for the scholarship, students must be a high school graduate or have obtained a GED, but not necessarily a recent graduate.  The student must reside in Oregon County for at least 5 non-continuous years. The student must have an admission acceptance from a vocational school within a 100 mile radius of Oregon County. The scholarship funds will assist in the transportation of students to those schools.

The student must submit a 300 word essay on their goals for receiving their education, what receiving the scholarship will mean, and a resume on what they have accomplished (work, outside, and volunteer activities).

Funding for the Boren Center (Oregon County Country Music Theatre) Scholarship  is generated through fundraisers, concerts, and donations. Scholarships are given in varying amounts depending on full-time or part-time enrollment status.

  For more information, contact Gene Boren at 417-280-1399 or Jenny Underwood at 417-203-0005 or email jennygoog@gmail.com. More information can be obtained atwww.borencenter.wordpress.com.

Oregon County Country Music Theater Burns Down

Sorry to report that the theatre caught fire (don’t know why or how) Saturday, November 9th, just before 11:00 a.m. Smoke roiled out of the building for about a half an hour, then flames came shooting out of the top. Fire departments from lots of places were there including: Thayer, Rover, Howell Valley, Kosh and West Plains. Lots of firemen, policemen and paramedics were on the scene. Thankfully, nobody was hurt.

By the time the firemen were able to get into the front door, the floor was already compromised. There were huge, heavy wooden pews in the theatre which helped cave in the floor. They firemen went in the back structure but could not see anything due to the heavy smoke.

It’s really a shame that this old 110 year old building went up in flames. Gene and Peggy Boren had the building since 1995 and spent countless hours repairing it including adding a balcony for sound systems, new electrical wiring, adding more bathrooms, updating the plumbing, remodeling the kitchen area, paving the parking lot, reworking the drainage system and on and on. It was a labor of love but it cost some dollars too. They wanted to bring music to the area and held many years of Friday night concerts. The last concert was this Friday night starring Leroy New of Branson and the building never looked better. Last weekend we had a team of people come in and clean up the back area and the main hall. The last concert can be ssen by going to ustream.tv and using jamiemike as the channel.

Here is a video showing when the smoke pouring out.

And this video shows the flames.

This video shows the theatre continuing to burn and shows Gene Boren talking about it.

More video of the fire.

And here are photos toward the end.


Leroy New from Branson will be starring at the Boren Center Friday night, November 8th

Leroy New is considered the best guitarists in the area and plays Chet Atkins and Marty Robbins songs.

He puts on a great show that would cost around $40.00 in Branson but you can see him locally for a $10.00 donation.

The Boren Center/Oregon County Country Music Theater is located at 5th and Walnut in Thayer, MO.

The performance will start at 7:00. Hot/cold snacks available.

Come and see this great show! Here he is playing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrqLa8OGmHo

The Eleven Point River Band will play Friday, Oct. 25th

At the Oregon County Country Music Theatre in Thayer, MO

at 5th & Walnut, 7:00 pm

Come and enjoy the banjo, guitar, keyboard and singing

Vicky Lynn and Lawless perform Friday night, 7 pm, Oct. 18th

At the Oregon County Country Music Theater.


Jerry and Vicky 870-895-3493 or 870-321-5707

Great Music! Great Entertainment


Countrified Band will Appear Friday, Sept. 13th at Boren Center at 7:00pm

Countrified Band:

Roy Fuller – Steel and Dobro

Howard Helt – Piano and Vocal

Ron Hutchinson – Rhythm and Vocal

Gale – Bass

Kevin Jones – Lead Guitar

7 p.m. Friday,Sept. 13th at the Boren Center

formerly Oregon County Country Music Theater

Donations: Adults $300 • Students $100 • Children 5 & under FREE

Located at 5th and Walnut streets

near downtown Thayer, Mo.



Baker Family Sings Bluegrass on Friday, September 6th at the Boren Center in Thayer, MO.

The Baker Family -- Elijah, Carrie, Trustin and Carina -- play at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo.

The Baker Family — Elijah, Carrie, Trustin and Carina — play at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo.

Thayer, Mo. — The Baker Family of Birch Tree, Mo., will perform here 7 p.m. Friday, September 6th, at the Oregon County Country Music Theater (OCCMT), also known as the Boren Center, 5th & Walnut.
The family band consists of Trustin Baker, 13, on fiddle; Carina, 10, on mandolin and vocals; Elijah, 8, on upright bass; and their mother, Carrie, on guitar and vocals.
Trustin was the 2012 Texas State Freshman Champion on fiddle, 2011 Missouri Junior State Champion and 2011 Arkansas Junior State Champion.
They play a wide variety of classic bluegrass tunes, including “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”, “Mule Skinner Blues”, “Orange Blossom Special”, and “San Antonio Stroll” all on YouTube.
More about them can be found on The Baker Family Facebook page.
Admission to the Friday night concert at OCCMT is a $5 suggested donation. Concessions will be available.
OCCMT is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


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