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Fourth of July meant watermelon, ice cream

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Hey there, everyone! I hope you had a safe and happy July 4. As a child growing up at Roxana, our daddy, Clayton Hall, always made sure we had watermelon and ice cream for the Fourth. I don’t know how this came about. When my children were young I did the same with them, then it got to be homemade ice cream. Oh how everyone enjoyed that special treat. Sometimes I would put bananas in it, sometimes other fruit. Guess I better just quit thinking, I will get very hungry.

My daughter, Angie Wiederhold and my precious little Bennie were involved in a car accident. God was with them as they weren’t hurt; the car was totaled. Angie’s car was a Monte Carlo, it is built a little bigger than my car. Angie was trying to change lanes and a woman motioned her to come over. From out of nowhere a man driving a utility truck appeared and Angie went into him. I told her the car could be replaced, not her and the baby! It seems as if there’s been a huge dark cloud hanging over my head for the past month or so. Once again I will say I still have a lot to be thankful for.

The Northern Kentucky Bluegrass Music Association I belong to had its third annual Pickin’ for Memory Festival at Sparta Campground. This campground is three miles from the Kentucky Speedway. It is such a beautiful place. I rambled around like I usually do, but my left foot was still giving me trouble.

Gold-wing Express was the featured band; they are from Oklahoma. I was at Amvets Park Hillsboro, Ohio. were Goldwing performed. This is an excellent band to listen to. There was several bands from the tri-state area including Friends of Bluegrass and Dixie Riders from the Dayton and Middletown area. Every band did a good job.

Myrna Murphy is the club’s secretary. I worked at the gates several times and got a little bit of a tan, which I needed. Myrna was presented a plaque for all she does for the club.

I didn’t to the festival until Friday morning due to Angie’s accident. Bluegrass festivals will come again, I had to make sure they were all right before I would go anywhere.

On the drive back there was a newborn deer frolicking in the grass beside I-75. It was covered with whites spots. Actually I thought it was a puppy at first, it was so tiny. I have seen young deer but never one this small!

Congratulations to Katie Laur who was inducted into the Bluegrass Museum at Owensboro as a Pioneer of Bluegrass along with 59 other veteran musicians. This event was June 28.

Katie Laur and Wayne Clyburn do a bluegrass show Sunday evening on WNKU 88:9 from 6-9 p.m. called “Music From the Hills of Home”. It is a perfect way to re-enter the magical realm of Flatt, Scruggs and Bill Monroe along with others. Katie has been in bluegrass music for many years, keeping that good old sound alive and kicking

Ma Crow really got a nice surprise as a couple of musicians, Bonnie Lou & Buster, were there also. Ma said she remembers seeing them when she was a child performing at a store in Tennessee and how she admired them, and 50 years later she gets to see them inducted as Pioneers of Bluegrass.

My friend Ma Crow, Elaine Doyle, said it was a wonderful event to honor people who have given their life to bluegrass music. Ma Crow is a great singer and plays guitar. I really admire her and other musicians. I wish I had learned to play guitar; now I am too old!

I received a CD from Kentucky Girl and Old Red. I really enjoy their music; the cover on the CD is such a pretty background. Thanks so much.

I am listening to Country Gentleman Ancil Trivette on WMMT via the Internet Ancil had a special guest, Larry Roark, who is one fine performer. I had the pleasure of meeting Larry Roark in 2004 at Friendship, Ind. He and his wife, Pam, are very active in the church on Kingscreek. Ancil, if you would give me a call I would write something good, bad, or indifferent about you in my column. I appreciate all that you do. I know what a volunteer DJ does as I have been there and done that. I was a volunteer DJ at WAIF in Cincinnati for two summers. In 1994 and 1995 I had a show called “Morning Sunshine”.

You will not please everyone, no matter what you play, the same way with writing a column for the paper. This is all volunteer. At least writing for a newspaper you aren’t out that much gas, just your time! I really appreciate all the good comments that I get about my column. It makes it worth keep plugging on.

I finally got to visit Betty and Doyle Ison of Aurora, Ind. I wish I could start a tour and be the guide so everyone far and near could see how beautiful the scenery is from the deck that Doyle built with his own two hands. I am not joking when I say you probably could park at least three cars in the length and width of this beautiful creation. It also impresses me with the beauty and the peaceful of the setting; sometimes you will find deer eating in the sloping yard.

Doyle and Betty have redone their sitting room where they watch television. Doyle and Betty pick and coordinate colors that are so warm and inviting. Everything just seems to flow together. The room they redid is light brown and the swag curtain has colors the same as the area rug. Doyle laid hardwood floor as it had carpet. Their home is absolutely beautiful.

Doyle should go in business with my daughter, Kay Gray, as she is very good at decorating. I am not used to seeing a man that takes such an interest in his home and does such a neat job also.

I had a surprise in store for me, Betty had cooked pinto beans, Dole baked cornbread, fried potatoes, cooked turnips. The only thing that would have made it better, if I had the nerve to say excuse me I am heading on the deck to enjoy this delicious meal. Why they didn’t even mind that I am a very slow eater!

My brother, Richie Hall, is really good at building and fixing things, but he isn’t able to do what he used to do. Their house on Ingrams Creek is so inviting and welcome feeling. Richie is a good mechanic.

My sympathy goes out to the family of Vinna Caudill, widow of George Caudill, who was Ann Calihan’s aunt. Vinna’s sister, Lovell, died about three months ago. Vinna was close to 98 years; she always enjoyed my column. She was loved by everyone. She was longtime friends of my little extra mountain mama Alma Whitaker.

Gwen Huff Farmer is really enjoying her garden once again, though she almost too tired to cook after she gets finished chasing the deer. Gwen may be having fresh meat to go along with her vegetables!

Shirley Wells has been babysitting her grandchildren through the summer. I told Shirley I think we have started raising our families once again!

Johnny and Ann Calihan had a mess of fresh green beans from their garden. This time last year Kay had ripe tomatoes. It has been raining so much in this area you are lucky to get anything to grow except the grass.

The mimosa trees are the prettiest this year I have ever seen them. My son, Keith Ballard’s, neighbor Pat that has a mimosa tree next to her porch. It has such low branches and the pink blooms are vibrant and fluffy, I tickled little Bennie’s head with the leaves and blooms. I had two trees that I had brought back from the mountains, of course they died on me.

Polly Ann Ison Maucher invited me to a get-together at New Trenton, Ind., for her family and friends. It is really special to be included in get-togethers with people from the hills and hollows of Kentucky. I will fill you in on everything next week, that is, if I am able to write. When you get with Polly you laugh so much your belly hurts!

Hello Alberta Bailey of Hot Spot. I am sorry I wasn’t home when you called. Alberta is really sweet to talk to.

Mark your calendar for Sept. 20, Letcher County Day in Harrison, Ohio. We will meet at the big shelter behind Harrison Community Center on George Street. For information, call me. Last year was the first time for this. We had a real good turnout. I hope to see everyone again, plus more.

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


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