The city of Glen Rose drew some attention on the national stage recently, thanks to a Facebook post from a first-time celebrity visitor.
Glenn Beck, a longtime conservative political commentator and radio talk show host who broadcasts five days a week out of studios in Irving, posted about coming to Glen Rose with his family for the Sept. 8 performance of The Promise.
Beck began his Facebook message by writing, “Another reason to love Texas. We are out under the stars in this great little town called Glen Rose.”
The message noted that he and his family stopped first at The Green Pickle for hamburgers before going to the show, which starts each Friday and Saturday night a 8 p.m. through Nov. 4 at the Texas Amphitheatre.
Beck wrote that he was “tired and a little grumpy” after they made an hour and a half drive from their home north of Fort Worth.
But Beck admitted to wiping tears from his eyes “at least four different times,” as the emotional presentation hit home.
“The scenes with the songs about the miracles and children were highly emotional while never taking the cheap and easy road,” Beck wrote. “Well worth the drive and to be able to watch something and have your 13 year old son hold your hand and rest his head on your shoulder during a ‘show’ you know something special is happening. The entire family watched with our arms around each other the entire night.”
Beck encouraged his fans to attend The Promise, stating, “Come and be fed. As they say in the end, it isn’t about religion it is about love and the love of Christ that we share when we feed the hungry, heal the sick and comfort those who mourn.”
Beck also had kind words to say about the high-quality cast members in the production, which is directed by Chuck King.
“The ‘baby’ Jesus was perfect as I am sure the Son of God, did cry a lot even when the real wise men came,” Beck continued. “Great job all. We will see you again … Thanks Texas for never letting us down.”
King said that Beck told him he was impressed with the performance of Adam Richards in the role of Jesus.
“He was Broadway quality,” Beck wrote of Richards, noting that the show became “electric” when he took the stage. “His acting was spot on, and his singing voice, power and quality was sublime.
“I thought he was a ringer from NYC. Well, until he spoke at curtain call and he was 100 percent Texan. A little shocking to hear someone who looks like Jesus speak with a ‘y’all drawl’.”
King said that personnel at The Promise were notified beforehand that “a public figure” would be attending that Friday night’s show, giving them a heads up that security needed to be aware of that.
King was able to speak to Beck after the show was over.
“I did meet him after the show, just briefly,” King said. “We had a handshake and I told him I was appreciative for him coming. He was very, very moved. He was really impressed with Adam, and the way he handled his role.”
About Beck, King said, “I have heard him a little bit, and I know about his website (TheBlaze.com).
As of Tuesday afternoon, Beck’s post about The Promise had more than 1,000 shares and at least 3,400 “likes.”
A REAL PICKLE
Delaine Booker, the owner/operator of The Green Pickle along with her husband Kelly, said that none of her employees who were working that Friday recognized Beck. So she didn’t find out they had a celebrity in the house until later.
“I didn’t even know until somebody told me,” said Booker, who bought The Green Pickle on Feb. 1, 2010 when it was basically just a beer garden, and added a kitchen to make it into a restaurant. “He seems like a really nice guy. I would have liked to have met him.”
Booker said that the only well-known public figures she knew about who previously ate at The Green Pickle were Chris Kyle, the late veteran Navy SEAL and legendary sniper who was depicted in the film “American Sniper,” and Kevin Kolb, a former Stephenville High School quarterback standout who played in the NFL for three teams (2007-2013).
“Chris Kyle used to eat here quite a bit,” Booker said. “My husband used to talk to him.”
Booker said the restaurant gets quite a few customers from outside Somervell County because they have seen spotlighted it on an episode of “The Day Tripper” that still airs from time to time on KERA, the Dallas PBS station.
“Every time they re-air it, we get a flood of people coming in,” said Booker, who has seven employees.
They have also had lots of customers brought in because of word of mouth, she said.
“We have had a lot of people from New York, and all over,” Booker stated. “If you wear a Green Pickle T-shirt anywhere, people are going to stop you and say they have eaten here, or they’ve been meaning to go there.”
Booker said her father, Frank Laramore, was Somervell County’s sheriff for 16 years (1972-1988) starting at age 28, which made him the youngest person ever elected to that position in state history. She also noted that he was the only Somervell County sheriff to hold office for four consecutive terms. Laramore passed away at age 75 in 2016.