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Bluegrass music lovers gather in Ohio

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Happy Thanksgiving! I should say, “What has happened to Thanksgiving?”

How is everything in your little corner of this great big universe? I wish somehow I could play it forward until about May of next year, bypass all the holidays. I really can’t believe how fast this year has flown by as it seems just like a short time ago we had Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Friday night, Vickie Power and I went to Hunter’s Pizzeria in Middletown, Ohio, since Special Delivery Bluegrass band was playing there with Tony Hale, Wayne Haddix, Gil Benson, Larry ‘Bubba’ Griffith and Johnny Wax.

I had the pleasure of once again meeting Les and Pat Wagner, along with Larry and Rebecca ‘Becky’ Hasty.

This family has made me feel like part of their family. I think I am going to throw a temper tantrum and lie down in the floor and kick and scream as I am being treated as a stepchild so to speak!

There are about 14 of this family getting together and heading for the Smokies to spend Thanksgiving. I really think that is about the nicest thing that I have ever heard of any family doing! Now wait a minute, give me a few seconds to rethink that statement. Didn’t I just say they went without me?

I bet they will miss me just a little bit, and may say, oh I wish we would have put Rose on top of the car, truck or someplace.

If my thoughts don’t change I may be in the mountains of eastern Kentucky as I have once again gotten the fever of hitting the roads.

Saturday evening, a very special all-girls bluegrass band, none other than Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers, played at Front Street Cafe in New Richmond, which is a 50-mile drive for me. These girls are worth the drive to go enjoy their music, and gives me great pleasure to know women are in a man’s world! The Lady Slippers are booked far into 2013 season.

Shirley Godbey and I went to see the Lady Slippers. Much to my disappointment Shirley was feeling bad, so we left before it was over.

Front Street Cafe is a very unique place. There was a fireplace and when I asked the waitress if it worked, she lit it for me. I wish we had been sitting next to it.

Front Street Cafe also sits close to the river as several of the businesses do, and oh, they also have good food also. New Richmond is such a quaint little town, and there were Christmas lights in the town.

Sunday rolled around and I went to Dayton for O.K.I., a bluegrass organization I belong to.

Noel Bolen and Bob Hamblin and a couple of more are teachers of bluegrass music at Sinclair College. There was about 30 students who had an excellent performance for OKI.

If I lived close to Dayton, I would be right there in this group trying to learn to play guitar. A woman sat next to me who was a student learning to play the fiddle. As it got time for the group to perform, she stated getting cold feet. She is a retired teacher and teaches parttime so when she said she didn’t think she was going to get up there, I threatened to make her stand in a corner. Yes, it was the first time I had met her.

The late Red Spurlock was also in this group. Red will be missed by so many people since his death last week.

Norma Ashcraft is president of OKI. For those of you who are wondering what the heck OKI is, it is a bluegrass group called Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and it has been active for several years.

Two of my close friends, John Cummins and Becky Tipton, were at this event. It has been a couple of months since I have seen them, and the next time I see them Becky will have a different name as John and Becky will be married Dec. 12 in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Becky picked Dec.12, 2012 and will be married at 12 p.m.

Gwen Huff Farmer sure has been a busy bee as several deer hunters have been descending on her from parts unknown. I think Gwen was busy cooking for lots of hungry hunters.

Gwen’s son Glen Farmer Jr. got a huge deer, along with several other hunters.

Hunting is something I couldn’t do, and I haven’t any desire to eat venison either.

Someone gave my son Keith Ballard a squirrel and he wants me to fix it for him. It will be thrown out because I have no idea how to do this and don’t want to learn either.

My grandma Rosa Hall fixed squirrel many times when I was a child as uncle Lee Hall loved squirrel hunting.

I know my grandmother Betty Barton did the same as my uncle Boyd Barton’s grandpa ( Jack Adams) would go squirrel hunting and always came back with several at a time.

Groundhogs and ‘coons were both hunted for meat and if I am not mistaken so was ‘possum in the mountains.

Hey readers, I have a favor to ask of you. There’s a young woman who would really enjoy receiving some cards so please take the time to brighten up her holidays and every day as well. Please don’t do as I so often do, I buy cards and forget to send them as I found my brother Richie’s birthday card and Wanda’s too. Her name is Kristina Banks, 64 Cross Rd., Jeremiah, KY 41826.

Hello to a Linefork native Hillard Halcomb, who now lives in Lincoln County. Hillard is related to Clarence Halcomb of Hamilton.

What Hillard doesn’t know is I even tried to add more to his family as there is another Hillard Halcomb who lives on Ingrams Creek or Linefork. This Hillard is a brother to Ellis Halcomb, who was Wanda’s dad, and a brother-in-law to Gwen Huff Farmer.

Now Gary Eldridge figure, out what I wrote then explain it to me !

My sympathy to Gary Eldridge and the entire EMS team, as this past week they lost one of their own to an untimely death. I know from personal experience that police, fire departments are EMS’s are close-knit groups, as my son-in-law, Scott Nottingham, is a policeman.

Hello Glenora Eldridge, and it was very nice talking to you.

My dear friend Betty Ison is still having some problems with her legs. It breaks my heart when I see her hurting as Betty is like me, always on the go.

I offered to fix something for her, and that is a laugh because her husband Doyle is such a good cook along with being a good interior decorator.

I still think Doyle and my daughter Kay Gray should go into business together as they both can do things, that is with Betty’s input as she is so good with matching colors. I need to be a boss as I am good at telling people what to do, or sometimes even where to go!

My little five-year-old great-grandson T.J. still isn’t feeling well and has to have a colonoscopy .T.J. is three weeks older than my little sidekick grandson Bennie Wiederhold.

Johnny and Ann Calihan’s daughter Sue Wagoner and her daughter Lauren came in from North Carolina to have an early Thanksgiving with her family.

Well folks, I just looked at the clock, so I am out of here.

Hello to Oma Hatton and Emma Engle, don’t eat too much for Thanksgiving dinner, but if you do just say this is for my friend Rose as I don’t think I am going to fix anything special.

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

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