Whitesburg KY
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Good bluegrass music to be found

Hello everyone!

The song ‘Let it Snow’ is ringing in my head as I see what eastern Kentuckians and lots of other people are dealing with right now!

The pictures are so beautiful that have been posted on the computer by Larry Roark and a sweet musician kid, Andy Hunt, who goes to Hazard Community College. Andy is also active with Dean Osborne’s music group.

I understand there was quite a good show at the Blackey Center with several good bands on Saturday. I am really glad someone is doing something like this for people to enjoy. March will be the final show until fall. Some of the bands will be Charlie Blair, The Hamptons, 7 South, and Mountain Melody.

I talked to Astor Taylor briefly, and I am glad he is doing better. I know Astor really stays busy as East KY Tyme is all over the place.

Polly Maucher was telling me about going someplace on Sunday night to listen to bluegrass music, and as she was describing the place I started laughing and told her she had gone to the Comet Club on Hamilton Avenue to see Comet All Star Band. She was somewhat surprised that I have been there several times, although it has been a few years ago.

Eddie Cunningham is a well known bluegrass performer, and is also a very good artist, and a very nice person. I really don’t know who picks with Eddie’s band since I haven’t seen him for some time.

There are several bluegrass venues in the Cincinnati area that promote bluegrass music. Things are not so good in downtown Cincinnati with shootings almost every night, so I decided to stay out of there.

Arnold’s Bar & Grill is a super nice place to eat, and listen to bluegrass music. It has a courtyard where you can sit out under the stars at night. Ma Crow and friends played there a few years ago and I ventured there, and I haven’t been back since. Southern Ohio

Vickie Power and I went to Coon Hunters on the outskirts of Hamilton. This is the first time that Vickie and I have gone anywhere together in such a long time

Saturday afternoon Vickie and I took an adventure to Patriot, Ind., then to East Enterprise, and then on a little farther. Someone gave me some information as to where I might find a chimney for my kerosene/coal oil lamp. I need a replacement one that has the words ‘Home Sweet Home’ around the center.

Vickie has been taking care of her granddaughter and living with her daughter, so we haven’t been getting together. This was a very delightful trip, though I never didn’t find what I wanted.

My van hadn’t been driven for sometime so I decided to drive it so we could see the river on the way down through Indiana. The only thing, I laughed so hard that tears were streaming down my face. It was a good thing I was in a parking lot as my eyes close when I am laughing.

I haven’t had any reason to be in East Enterprise, Ind., in about 40 years or more, and may never be back in that area. We did find an Amish store with the name of Dutch Center on the door. I didn’t find the one called Wickies that I was looking for, which now I understand is actually in Cross Plains, Ind. I did buy a small jar of blackberry jam, which is close to what our mom, Ora Hall, made when we were little. The blackberry jam was telling me it would be a good companion to hot, homemade biscuits, and that called for gravy. So yes, I fixed it.

It seems I am not the only one who likes homemade fixings as Jon Caudill just had to mention homemade potato soup.

I am very glad to hear that Larry Hatton is doing better. Larry is the son of Oma Hatton, and a brother to Billy Hatton.

My brother Richie Hall is still not out of the woods with his hip. This brother is going to be the death of me yet. I am so glad he is my brother and I feel sorry for his lovely wife Wanda. She is absolutely an angel. As I always tell Richie, he should be glad he is married to Wanda and not someone like me. So before someone jumps to conclusions, this all in fun between my brother and me.

My dad got on to me years ago for something I said back to my husband as Mommy would have never talked sassy to Daddy, and Daddy wasn’t too pleased with my attitude. Well, Daddy didn’t like too much what I said to him either.

Gwen Huff Farmer is enjoying the warm weather that has been around and trying to get things ready for spring planting.

Shirley Wells is still remembering our short meeting up with each other in Nashville, Tenn.

Doyle and Betty Ison are staying in with only a few trips when they have to get out. When weather breaks they will make up for it.

I still have some Christmas decorations and things that need to be put away, but since Christmas will be back again before we know it, I may just leave them out.

Happy birthday to my oldest granddaughter Jennifer Proctor Feb. 22. Jennifer must think I am Betty Crocker or Cracker Barrel since she has requested chicken and dumplings for her birthday. So guess who is going grocery shopping.

My sympathy goes out to Linda Hall and Dorthy Tacket in the loss of their brother. Girls, you know that my heart and thoughts are with you as that is how I met you, at my brother Wallace Lee’s funeral.

Hello to my sister Loretta Church in Letcher Manor Nursing Home and the gang there.

Hello to my brother Jerry and Mattie Hall.

I hope everyone stays safe and warm, think spring. Well folks, I almost forgot what day it is.

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

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