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Sandy Ridge Music Association welcomes Hazy Ridge Bluegrass and Southern Gentlemen on Saturday, September 9 beginning at 6 pm. This will be the first appearance by Hazy Ridge Bluegrass. Band members are: Vince Myers, Dawn Myers, Reagan Hudson, Duane Hicks, John Erwin, Bryan Bogenberger and one of very own from Sandy Ridge – George Cutchins on bass. Southern Gentlemen has performed several times in the past and band members are: Johnny Johnson, Bobby Whitlock, Steve Shivley and Burgess Hurd. Come on out for a wonderful evening of entertainment, good food and good fellowship.

Sandy Ridge Music Association will host their Inaugural Bluegrass Open Jam at George Stanley Farm on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The local Ruritans are on board with us, and we are so excited to have their help in this endeavor. If you are interested in setting up a vendor/craft table, please contact Carolyn Craig, Barbara Spencer, Junior Hall, George Cutchins or any Ruritan. I will keep you updated as our plans progress.

Delta UMC Women’s Group will have a yard and bake sale on Saturday, September 9 beginning at 7 am. Hotdogs, chips and drinks will be for sale at lunch time.

Don’t forget to reserve your space by September 25 if you wish to set up a vendor table for the 2017 10th Annual Ridgefest which be held on Saturday, October 14 from 10 am to 3 pm. E-mail Andrea Finch at, text or call 669-0826.

Riverside Baptist Church will have a Fish Fry on Saturday, October 14 from 2 – 6 pm at The American Legion. Catfish plates will be $8 and will consist of catfish, slaw, hushpuppies and a drink. There will be music and a bake sale. You may purchase tickets in advance by calling Carolyn Manuel at 416-5785.


I have often driven past this lady’s house and admired her lawn and decorations. It is one of the most beautifully kept yards in Sandy Ridge. So, I called Bonnie Joyce to see if she would tell me her secret.

Bonnie was born in Rockingham County in 1943 to John and Nannie Ashburn. She has two sisters – Shirley Mabe who resides in Stoneville and Berla Trexler who is currently at Northside Assisted Living in Archdale, NC. She attended Madison Elementary and graduated from Madison-Mayodan High School in 1961. She then attended Draughon Business College and was employed by Gem Dandy for 38 years. She went to work for Stokes County Social Services Dept. and eventually retired.

Bonnie has two children – Regina Bowen who resides in Walnut Cove and Keith Joyce who resides in Apex. She has been blessed with two grandchildren – Sierra Bowen and Kyle Joyce.

Her hobbies/interests are, of course, gardening. She said it takes a lot of hard work, and you have to feed ‘em in the fall to keep your lawn green during the winter. She also is very involved with her church, Oak Grove Baptist, where she is Assistant Kindergarten Teacher and serves on the Cooking Committee.

Her favorite vacation was to Niagara Falls and she would like to travel anywhere within the United States. She said, “I have flown in the past to California on business, but I don’t care to fly anymore.” I

asked her who or what inspired her in her life and she said, “Doris Priddy. She was my Sunday school teacher when I was growing up in Mayodan. She is a very kind and humble woman.” One of her favorite childhood memories happened at her grandparent’s home. She said they would make their own version of a pogo stick, but called it a jumping stick. This was made out of tobacco sticks and tin cans, and they would go down the hill on it. Bonnie said they made a lot of their own toys back then. If she could have dinner with anyone, past or present, it would be her grandfather, John Ashburn.

Thank you, Bonnie, for taking the time to let us get to know you better. I told her it sounds like she has had an interesting life, and she said “I sure have!”


“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” —Benjamin Franklin


Crazy Bark

20 oz. pkg. white almond bark

16 whole chocolate graham crackers

1 cup pretzel sticks

1 cup broken chocolate sandwich cookies, such as Oreos

1 cup each of gummy bears, worms and sour gummy worms

1 cup roasted, salted peanuts

1 cup candy coated chocolates, such as M & M’s

2 tbsp. rainbow sprinkles

Melt almond bark in double boiler. Stir until smooth; then allow to cool slightly. Arrange graham crackers on a rimmed baking sheet so that they’re butted up against one another. Pour the melted almond bark over the top and spread evenly over the surface. Sprinkle on pretzels, cookies, gummies, peanuts, M & M’s and sprinkles. Lightly press the ingredients with the palm of hand to make sure they’re anchored. Refrigerate until completely set. Options: top with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, Chex mix or topping of your choice.

Contact Carolyn Craig at 613-5315, or e-mail, if you have Sandy Ridge news.

Carolyn Craig

Sandy Ridge News