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Elkville String Band perform in Todd on Saturday, August 2

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The 2014 Todd Community Preservation Organization (TCPO) Summer Music Series continues this Saturday, Aug. 2 at Cook Memorial Park in Todd, when the Elkville String Band takes the stage at 6 p.m.Admission is free of charge. There will be food off the grill, snacks and beverages for sale and all proceeds earned will go towards the TCPO. Concert attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.The Elkville String Band hails from Wilkes County, performs old-time mountain music, playing mostly older music, but also some newer compositions from past band members Drake Walsh and Jeff Michael. Band members are all very interested in keeping the old traditional music from Western North Carolina and Southwest Virginia preserved for future generations.

 

Ashe County Arts Council hosts 45th Ashe County Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention Aug. 1-2

The Ashe County Arts Council is excited to present the 45th annual Ashe County Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention.The bluegrass and old time music competition for adults and youth will take place Aug. 1-2, 2014 at Ashe County Park, in Jefferson.Friday’s competitions will start at 4 p.m. and will run through 11 p.m. Saturday’s competition will start at 11 a.m. and run through 11 p.m.Admission for the fiddlers convention is $10 per night or $...

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Backstreet Concert Series continues Friday, July 25

The Backstreet Park is the place to be for fun and entertainment at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 25, when the Crooked Road Ramblers, appear for a 90-minute concert of toe-tapping, old-time, good old music, sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council.The Ramblers have appeared in the area several times, always to appreciative crowds and are rapidly gaining new followers.

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The Kruger Brothers headline weekend of live music in Todd

A weekend of live music featuring some of the best area musicians and an internationally renowned Americana trio hits Todd this weekend.It all begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 19, when Eric Ellis and the Caldwell Line perform at Cook Memorial Park.Ellis’s performance is a part of the Todd Community Preservation Organization’s (TCPO) Summer Music Series.Admission is free of charge and attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and lawn chair to enjo...

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West Jefferson couple helps to monitor local bat population

If you’re ever driving the 20-mile stretch from the North Carolina/Tennessee line into Todd after sunset during the summer, and you find yourself stuck behind a car that’s cruising at a cool 20 mph, don’t flip out; chances are it’s West Jefferson residents Nancy and Stephen Shoemaker participating in the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s annual bat count.The couple have taken part in the bat count for the past four years, according to Nancy Shoemake...

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Three bluegrass music legends to perform together at Ola Belle Reed Music Festival

Bluegrass music legends Jerry McCoury, Bobby Hicks and Terry Baucom will perform on stage together for the first time at the 9th Annual Ola Belle Reed Music Festival in Lansing.McCoury, Hicks and Baucom will be joined by friends including Ola Belle’s son, David Reed, along with Eric Hardin of the Troubadors. The performance takes place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9.McCoury, hired by Ola Belle at 15, has toured and recorded with some of the biggest names in Bluegras...

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Local artist sports a heart big enough for all animals

Oftentimes, as we drive along a stretch of busy highway, we come across a wild or domesticated animal roaming about close to traffic, most likely fearful for its life.Most of us feel pity for such animals and drive on by, hopeful for their survival, but not Hannah Lemly.Lemly, an Ashe County native and local artist whose creations are featured prominently at The Artists’ Theatre in West Jefferson, has a soft spot for all creatures great and small, which is why she ...

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