Hello again everyone!
August is a thing of the past and September has slipped in, which means winter is going to come visiting for a long time. To me that is an unwelcome visitor as I really dread the cold weather.
I came across Larry Sparks’s Christmas CD and put it in my car and enjoyed listening to it, though you might say I am rushing it just a little bit.
We finally got a good rain in this area, and it is a good thing that it was daylight or I might have carried through my joke and just gone streaking in the rain.
Now you’ve had your laugh!
Saturday night, there was a great jam session at the Legion post in Milan, Ind. This is the first time that I have ever attended this. The music was great, and it was wonderful to see so many well- known musicians spending time to entertain and enjoy themselves informally.
Playing were Tony Holt of the Wildwood Valley Boys; Jamie Johnson of the Grascal’s;
Bruce Murray and Gary Eldridge of Rural Route 2; Tom Feller and Chris Hill, who has a band called Feller & Hill. I’ve known Chris for many years.
Jamie Johnson is from the Milan area, and my sympathy goes out to his family in the loss of his grandmother.
Heartaches aren’t prejudiced and don’t slight anyone no matter who we are.
Sunday finally arrived, and the Milan Bluegrass Festival was wonderful. The weather was just beautiful though it had really rained Saturday night. Rural Route 2 opened the show, and I must say as usual this band is one of the best. Greg Griffin did some good hard driving banjo picking. Bruce Murray does a great job on the guitar, and of course Gary Eldridge on that mandolin. Bruce, Greg and Gary were harmonizing, with Bob Bentle on the fiddle and Jon Wise on the bass.
The band played ‘Orange Blossom Special’ as the closing number. A guy named ‘ Dancing Dave’ started dancing, and it didn’t take long until someone’s small feet went right through the crowd and joined him. I really don’t have to say who it was.
Dave might be known as Dancing Dave, but he has nothing on me as I was dubbed the Dancing Lady many years ago. There’s one difference in myself and others, I don’t need liquid courage to get me dancing. Just give me some good hoedown music.
When my journey is ended I don’t want any tears shed. I would like to be remembered as full of life, a smile and happy feet.
I finally had the pleasure of meeting Anne Jones while at Milan Bluegrass Festival. Anne is from the Linefork area, and her husband was a special friend of my brother Richie.
This was Isom Days and though I enjoyed the weekend here locally, a little piece of my heart was in the mountains as this time last year I was down there for this event. My brother Richie Hall was in the hospital and I combined two things into one trip as I slipped down for a little while to see 7 South Band.
It is so hard to believe Sept. 9 will make one year that Richie has been gone.
Pat Wagner and I have been reminiscing of days gone by. Though Pat may not be from the mountains, I know she has ties to Hot Spot and different places. Pat is a hillbilly in lots of her ways.
It is always so good to meet up with Les and Pat along with Larry and Becky Hasty, and I must not forget Polly and Kelly too.
I have been so blessed in the years of writing for The Mountain Eagle to meet so many wonderful people that have become not only friends, but family.
How many remember hearing of adding quinine to your drinking water to ease muscle cramps? Have you ever heard of turning your shoes upside down at night to prevent cramps?
I fell on some gravel and skinned my left knee real bad. It brought back memories of being a child when Mommy would have Mercurochrome, methylate or a bottle of iodine that she would put on our scrapes. In the wintertime my mom used Vicks salve to rub on our chest and backs to relieve congestion.
My brother Jerry Hall has been in Whitesburg Hospital once again. Actually he came home on Sunday and had to be rushed back again.
Gwen Huff Farmer is improving though still not able to get into her garden. I know this is about to get the best of her.
I am pleased to say Ann Calihan is improving a little. I came home to find a care package of corn and tomatoes from Johnny and Ann laying on my porch swing.
I have talked to Betty and Doyle Ison a little bit, and they are still doing all right.
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Letcher County Picnic on Sept. 28. It will be held at the Harrison Community Center, 300 George St Harrison, Oh. 12-?, at the big shelter behind the center. Bring a covered dish and your beverages. Everyone welcome. You don’t have to be from Letcher County. If you play music, please bring your instruments.
Well folks, I am as usual late with getting this sent in. Until next time, Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email: Bluegrassmama4@aol.com, telephone, 513- 367-4682.