Sandy Ridge Music Association’s Inaugural Bluegrass Open Jam is this Saturday, the 14th at The Stanley Farm. Bring your chair and plan to spend the day from 10 am to 5 pm. There are numerous bluegrass bands that will be participating such as Hubert Lawson & The Bluegrass Country Boys & Vera, Never Too Late, The Southern Gentlemen, Hazy Ridge Bluegrass Band and many more. There’s a new vendor coming – Sweet Treats (everything pecan) and three authors will be there for book signings. Boyd Joyce will be there with his book, “The Parables I’ve Studied and People I’ve Met. Mary Jane Noah will have her children’s book for sale and will be reading “Little Rayne” to the children during Storytime. Sandy Blackburn will be there with the six books she has written. Scott Brown is the food vendor and will be serving their bbq they make for John Brown’s Country Store as well as hot dogs, fries, chips and drinks. Several crafters will be there and lots of kid friendly activities such as face painting, giant bubble maker, kindness rocks project that they can take home, storytelling hour and more. $5 suggested donation is appreciated and children 12 and under are free. Thanks to the local Ruritans and the Beta Club volunteers from North Stokes for agreeing to help us out. Also, thanks to the music committee members – Barbara Spencer, Junior Hall and George Cutchins for all their help. You don’t want to miss this; we’re gonna have some fun!!
The roots of bluegrass music came with the people who migrated to America in the 1600’s from Ireland, Scotland and England. As the settlers moved into North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia they wrote songs about their life on the farm and in the hills. That style was called mountain music. Bill Monroe is known as the “Father of Bluegrass Music.” He made this comment, “I wanted to use some kind of name so people would know where I was from. So, I took the name “bluegrass.” There is not a prettier name in the whole world.” Some bluegrass legends got their start in North Carolina such as Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson.
Standard instruments for a bluegrass band includes a five-string banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, stand-up bass and sometimes a dobro, which is a resonator guitar played with a slide, is included.
Don’t forget about Riverside Baptist Church’s Fish Fry on Saturday, the 14th, at The American Legion from 2 to 6 pm. Plates are $8 and there will be door prizes and music. By Grace will be performing at 2, Travis Frye & Blue Mountain with Henry Mabe at 3, Johnny Manuel at 4 and God Can Singers at 4:45.
Relay for Life of Stokes County will have a Survivor Dinner on Thursday, April 12 at First Christian Church in King at 6 pm. Relay for Life will be Friday, May 11 from 6 pm to midnight at South Stokes High School. For more information about the relay or about dedicating a luminaria, contact Donna Mitchell at 871-2321.
Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Robert Hodge, 66, who passed away, Monday, April 9, 2018 at his residence.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK “You know, for most of its life bluegrass has had this stigma of being all straw hats and hay bales and not necessarily the most sophisticated form of music. Yet you can’t help responding to its honesty. It’s music that finds its way deep into your soul because it’s strings vibrating against wood and nothing else.” — Alison Krauss
Contact Carolyn Craig at 613-5315 if you have Sandy Ridge news.