Whitesburg KY

Bluegrass festival draws large crowd

Southern Ohio

Hello everyone!

How is everything in that special part of the world you live in? The weather has been beautiful in the Ohio Valley area. Last week we had a severe storm with lots of rain, which means a small amount of water in my basement again.

Happy Valley Festival outside of Oldenburg, Ind., was a great success. I heard someone say this was the largest crowd they have had.

Friday night, there was an incident that had a few upset as some decided they would steal coolers, which I understand that has been an ongoing thing to do. Except someone had placed their wallet and their keys in a cooler. I think they were recovered, and the culprits kicked out.

I had never gone to the festival on Friday night before, so at the last minute I decided to go as a couple of bands I know and like were performing there.

James White & Deer Creek did a fantastic show. I danced with James to a favorite tune, “Sally Goodin”. I am so sorry to say I got too exhausted to finish the dance.

It was wonderful dancing with James as he is a good dancer, James had a knee replacement about three years ago, and he was getting tired too. He asked me if I was alright, and I shook my head no so we cut the dance short.

When James got back on stage he said that I got out of breath, and we stopped dancing because he told Bertha he wouldn’t give mouth to mouth to anyone. Had I not been so darn tired I might have skinned him .

James and his wife Bertha usually give a great performance. When Bertha can’t be there, James has called me out of the crowd to cut a rug with him. This has been happening for several years, and, yes, I feel special.

The Comet All Stars from Cincinnati, was the closing act. I am acquainted with several members but I felt tired, so I didn’t go talk to any of them.

Saturday, I enjoyed Lost Mill String Band and Jerry and Joan Paul, a husband and wife team; RR2 Bluegrass did a great show. Andy Disney is the replacement for Gary Eldridge who had been with this group for 17 years.

Gary will be missed for his award-winning charm, but Andy is a very good choice as replacement. He may not almost fall off of a stage watching hula hoops, and he is a very solid musician, also seems a very nice person. I had the pleasure of listening to him Friday night so I sort of got a good impression.

Sometimes I wonder how such an intelligent person can make such stupid decisions as I discovered Sunday morning someone had come to my house, supposedly trim in my yard with a Weed Eater.

Every flower that I’ve had for so many years was cut down. The last straw was when I discovered a small pawpaw tree I had brought from the mountains of eastern Kentucky, along with all the wild orange flowers I call butterfly bushes that someone told me couldn’t be transplanted, the wild plant that Grandma called blinking eyes, which I’ve had 30 years or more.

Five hibiscus which cost me plenty, plus I had dug up wild ones, all my poppies that I let go back in the ground.

The final straw was when I saw my orange lily, which was about to get buds. I almost cried, as it usually has about 10 or 12 blooms. I bought it for myself for Mother’s Day a couple of years ago.

I thought this nightmare was over, but I discovered he cut three of my wisteria vines and almost got the main one that had five beautiful blooms that looked like purple pods of grapes.

Oh well, no flowers for me to share with anyone this year.

It is a good thing this man is a friend of my son’s and meant to do good or I might have really flew into him like a buzz saw. I wouldn’t let the grass cutter trim inside my yard along the fence.

Sunday was Old Time Fiddlers, 6125 Dry Fork Rd., in Cleve, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. We had a small crowd, music was good.

Congratulations to John Ison on his graduation from eighth grade. I forgot to mention with a lot of things happening that John enjoyed a trip with his class to Tennessee. They really had a wonderful time.

It is a pleasure having James and John Ison interested in reading my column.

I am sorry this is old news as I wasn’t feeling very well last week, and before I knew it was Monday and I realized what I had done. I had completely let the day and night go by and forgotten to send my column in.

I talked to Les and Pat Wagner and they are doing alright. Les is saving me the first ripe tomato of the season, right Les?

Larry Hasty is home from Cleveland Clinic where he had to have more extensive work on his hip. Larry has been through a lot of pain in the past few months and still has a long way to go. Please keep Larry in your thoughts and prayers.

Larry, I really wish for you a speedy and successful recovery. With the wonderful care of Becky and Polly you are in good hands.

Johnny and Ann Calihan are doing great. Ann is trying to leave the cane alone, though I try to tell her it is a good way to keep Johnny in line.

Johnny called me to tell me that his lettuce is finally ready to pick. I have been so busy I didn’t go get any this year again.

Oh well, I really don’t need the bacon grease that I would have smothered it with.

I haven’t heard anything from my sister-in-law Mattie. I guess she and my niece are doing alright.

Somehow I didn’t see a post about Bluegrass on the Creek at Campbell’s Branch, or I would have tried to attend. Actually I couldn’t have as I had to get front brakes on my car.

Doyle and Betty Ison are doing well. Betty is perking but not to fast.

The lady from Naples, Fla., please give me a call again. My answering machine was messed up. I really want to talk to you.

I have a busy day ahead of me so I will bring this to a close and get it on its way.

Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email: Bluegrassmama4@aol.com, 513-367-4682.

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