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Bluegrass festival planned in Ohio

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Hello again everyone! My goodness where has time gone? It seems that I just get one column finished and it is time to start thinking of writing another.

By the time I write the next column it will be with news of Letcher County Day. I hope we have a good turnout. Sort of looks as if it is going to rain, now I wish there was a place to have it inside, though I prefer outside in fresh air.

My brother Richie Hall and Wanda are supposed to come for this event, Larry Roark is going to try to come, and I really hope Berma Whitaker makes it.

I didn’t have to baby-sit my little sidekick Bennie Wiederhold, so I called my running partner Vickie Power. We went to the Coon Hunters Club, which is located on the outskirts of Hamilton, Ohio. I met up with a couple of friends and spent the evening dancing my heart out.

I almost decided to try a place that we have never been in Connersville, Ind., since I heard that Coolie Jr. Calihan plays there. I was in for a treat as Coolie Jr. was at the Coon Hunters Club, and a special little guy that I enjoy immensely, none other than 12-year-old Evan Lanier and the Bluegrass Express. This young man is far advanced beyond his years, oh how I envy someone that young and that talented.

Vickie and I went to Flatland Bluegrass Barn and Polly Maucher met us there. Oct. 17 from 12 to 6 p.m. there will be a bluegrass festival with several bands; please mark your calendars for this event. Bring a covered dish and a lawn chair. This is located a short distance from Bath, Ind., on Barkley Road, which is also known as Stone Road on one end coming from West College Corner, which is a few miles from Oxford, Ohio.

Vickie and I went to Walmart in Aurora, Ind., and afterward we stopped at Long John Silver’s for a bite to eat.

I have been hearing a lot about a young banjo picker named Jack Adams, our uncle Boyd and Mary Barton’s grandson. I would love to get a video or recording of this young kid. I haven’t seen his mother since she was a child. I know Boyd and Mary Barton would be so proud of him.

I wish I could get the television station that has music on it from eastern Kentucky, as it has featured Austin Johnson and several others that I would like to see and hear. Happy birthday to my oldest daughter Kay Gray Sept. 30. Kay is spending a few days in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., with some friends.

I took Kay to the Greater Cincinnati Airport. It is amazing that you can be in Florida in a couple of hours and it takes forever to drive there. I have never flown and really don’t ever intend to do this, I prefer riding in car.

Kay’s daughter Jodi picked Kay up at the airport. Kay was telling me she was sunburned, I told her I didn’t want to hear about it as all we are having this rain at the present time. I am just kidding, I like the rain, just not at this particular time.

I received an email from a lady named Dianne who lives in Maryland, close to Washington, D.C. She says she has been reading The Mountain Eagle for a year and really enjoys the paper and my column.

There are times I feel like giving it up when I am tired, then I get lots of encouragement from people like Willamae Boggs and others who says don’t give up writing.

Willamae has been feeling puny once again. She and Carl did go to Hazard and stopped to have a bite to eat at Captain D’s.

I am going to go by her house sometime and get there just in time for supper and say, “Here I am, ready or not!”

Since the trees or starting to put on their beautiful fall colors, I can feel the tug at my heart and my feet, hear the whisper saying come to the mountains.

While picking up Bennie I found a couple of walnuts in the parking lot, oh how I would love to be able once more to spend a few hours with my grandma Rosa Hall picking up walnuts and hickory nuts, finding pawpaws and persimmons this time of year.

If Bennie’s mother wouldn’t kill me, I would be tempted to let him play with the walnuts.

Early that morning a long black hearse pulled out behind me. You should have seen me putting on the gas so I could stay ahead of it, as I was afraid it was coming after me.

Gwen Huff Farmer is tired from her fast trip to the mountains due the loss of her brother Lindell Huff. It seems that is the only time she gets to visit with her family, when there’s a death in the family.

Shirley Wells may get to attend the graduation of her granddaughter from boot camp in a few weeks. Shirley hasn’t decided yet.

Tony Burke, who did the Saturday morning Wake Up show, has left WMMT. Tony and his family will really be missed.

Bob Akemon really enjoyed the article in The Mountain Eagle on the guy who raised some kind of a huge bean, I think Bob said his name was Landon Sexton. If he would like to share a few seeds Bob would really appreciate them. Here is his address: Robert Akemon, 30418 N. Meadowbrook Lane, Elkhart, Indiana 46514, email: lanedwlers@aol.com.

As usual I have a lot to do, and it seems as if I wait to the last minute sometimes to get this column on it’s way.

Hello to my sister Loretta Church and brother Wallace Lee Hall and his wife Georgia who are in Letcher Manor Nursing Home and to all the people who take care of them.

Hello to my brother Jerry and Mattie Hall, I hope you two are doing all right. A big howdy to all their friends and neighbors who enjoy my column.

Emma Engle, I hope things are OK your way. I really enjoy reading your column along with Oma Hatton’s, along with others in The Mountain Eagle.

Until next time, Rose Ballard Durham, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email: Bluegrassmama4 @aol.com, (513) 367-4682.


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