Whitesburg KY

Bluegrass music always a draw

Southern Ohio

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Spring is on its way, though it has seemed like spring for some time in between spells of cold weather.

Harrison and surrounding areas were really was fortunate, as we escaped the wrath of the tornadoes. It has torn so may places apart. My heart aches for those who have lost their homes, but homes can be rebuilt. It also aches for those who lost their lives and family members. I wish there was some way I could help.

Thanks for the phone calls asking if I was alright. I appreciate everyone’s concern.

My brother Richie Hall has an appointment with his doctor once again with his hip. It is sure giving him lots of pain.

My brother Jerry Hall has taken a couple of bad falls with just minor bruises.

For me to be the oldest of the bunch, I guess I am not doing too bad after all.

My friend Shirley Godbey called, asking if I was going to Coon Hunter’s on the outskirts of Hamilton. I told Shirley there was no way I was going out anywhere.

Saturday, I went to Richwood Opry to see Ralph Stanley II. This young man is an awesome entertainer. I am glad he is doing so well on his own. This is the first time I have seen Ralph II without him playing in Ralph Stanley’s band.

Jimmy Riddle, who is a great photographer and does a lot of pictures for bands all over the state, was there. Jimmy introduced me to a young upand coming singer, Isaac Moore, and it was such a thrill to meet this young lad.

I felt so special when Jimmy took me backstage and I got to listen to Ralph II and the band rehearse.

Sunday afternoon, Shirley and I went to Madison Inn in Middletown to see Special Delivery band, Johnny Wax, Tony Hale, Wayne Haddix and Larry Griffith. This band sure has some great harmony and fine picking.

I think sometimes someone needs to anchor my feet to the ground, but I decided I may as well go while I can.

Gary Eldridge has been doing research on genealogy, and now he has enlisted the help of Richard Smith who is also into this sort of thing. I am sure there will be some backwoods hiking for these two guys as they go traipsing about.

Gary is looking for ancestors on the Adams side. I laughed when he said this as I told him not to dig too deep as our mother was an Adams.

I have threatened for sometime to be standing at the corner of the road where Ohio and Indiana meet Kentucky, with a sign saying, “Hey, Gary, take me, too.” I want to go to the mountains.

It always amazes me how someone can go back for hundreds of years to find lost relatives. My cousin, Christine Wu of Lexington, is good at this.

It is snowing in our area at the present time. This morning there were wrecks all over the place, and several roads were closed. I had an appointment for a test at a local hospital, but I canceled it until tomorrow. I am not driving on black ice.

March Music in Black- ey, the final event of the spring. 6 p.m., open mic; 6:45 p.m., cakewalk; 7 p.m., The Hamptons; 7:30 p.m., 7 South; 8 p.m., Charles Blair and Coal Country; 8:30 p.m., Bits and Pieces; 9 p.m., Mountain Melody; 9:45 p.m., finale with all musicians.

Polly Maucher had a nice surprise when she decided to go to Cracker Barrel here in Harrison. Bill and Jean Ison and several members of their family were there, including their daughter Beverly, who had come from Texas to celebrate Bill’s birthday, on Feb. 27. Polly was asked to join the group, but the surprises didn’t end there.

It seems that several of my little mountain mama Alma Whitaker’s children decided to stop at Cracker Barrel also. I think there were about 10 in Cenia Faye’s crowd. I am sure a good time was had by all.

Gwen Huff Farmer had company over the weekend and she was so happy.

I was in touch with Shirley

Wells for a short time. All her family is doing well.

Belated birthday wishes to my little granddaughter Jessica Nottingham for March 1.

Belated happy birthday to Richie and Wanda’s grandson Chase Caudill, who celebrated March 1 also .

Hello to Doyle and Betty Ison. I still haven’t gotten down their way.

Old Time Fiddlers meet March 11 in the basement of Miamitown Fire Department at 1p.m.

Well, folks, this is going to be the shortest column so far as I completely forgot what day it was.

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

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