Hello once again!
How is the weather in your area? Winter just came awake in full force, oh well just about a month away and it will be spring! Although I have seen it snow in April!
I am still riding on a cloud of happiness left over from my trip to SPIGMA in Nashville, Tenn. I was very happy to see so familiar faces from music venues I attend.
It was such a pleasure to see Dolly Mae Bradshaw, and her friend Chris and her nephew Kyle. Dolly is a member of Old Time Fiddlers. Also there were Bill Adams, Elmer Napier along with his daughter Becky and her husband, Polly Parks, Larry ‘Bubba’ Griffith, Dianna Ford, who has appeared at Coon Hunters and makes her home in Tennessee, Clarence Kelly, Noel Bowling, grandson Evan Lanier and their friend Jerry, Sammy Adkins, who used to pick with Ralph Stanley, a special group to me, Larry Efaw and a special bunch of pickers, his son Stanley Efaw, along with a banjo picker plus Alex Leach of Knoxville, Tenn., who is a DJ on WDVX each Tuesday night.
Some big name artists I talked to were Larry Stephenson, James King and Doyle Lawson, who has ties to a small place called Leatherwood as his grandparents lived in that area years ago. Of course I teased him about that.
Friday evening I took a chance with the weather and ventured to Bluegrass Music Hall in Connersville, Ind. My friend Becky Tipton and John met me there. It was really a pleasure to see Coy Willis since it had been about seven years since I last saw him. Southern Ohio
This had been a very busy week for me. Monday, Vickie Power and I ventured to Hamilton to see Warren and Judy Waldron do a wonderful show. Tuesday, I took my daughter Kay Gray’s laptop computer back, then Kay and I had lunch at Skyline in Cleves, Ohio. Wednesday, I took a drive to Rising Sun, Ind., to the Historical Society Museum, which is a very unique place.
Thursday, I had lunch with some new friends, Barb, Terry, Daphne, and Carolyn, who spent several weeks in St. Martin’s in the Virgin Islands. I have threatened to steal Barb’s and Terry’s camera. Carolyn had a beautiful mauve shirt on. If she hangs it out on the clothesline, I may do something called grab and run. Carolyn really looked very pretty in this shade of color.
Barb and Terry are magnificent photographers, plus Terry is an artist as she paints. Daphne is good at sewing. Not to sure what Carolyn does as this was the first time to meet her. I know she and her husband travel.
I love to write and I am someone who likes to dream and am willing to work toward making dreams come true. I really appreciate these girls including me in their group each week.
My grandson Jamie Gray has finally decided to enroll in college. I am almost positive that Jamie will major in culinary arts as he is very interested in becoming a chef.
My granddaughter Jodi Gray has one more test to take, and has applied to teach young patients in the hospital.
My brother Richie Hall has an appointment in Johnson City again with his hip. Richie is still hooked to the wound vacuum.
Richie and Wanda attended a birthday party for a very special little girl, Destiny Jones, granddaughter of Rick and Barb Jones and great-granddaughter of Bruce Jones, the best looking man on Ingrams Creek.
I haven’t talked to my brother Jerry or Mattie Hall as it seems the days go by so fast. The same with my sister Loretta Church, who is in Letcher Manor Nursing Home.
I had a delightful short conversation with Glen Caudill of Roxana. Glen is the son of Phyliss Caudill . Glenn was teasing me about moving back to the hills. I still call home after being gone more than 50 years!
Please keep an open date on your calendars for those of you who are lucky to be close enough to attend these events.
Campbell’s Branch Community Center at Hallie, will be having its fourth annual Bluegrass by the Creek on June 2 beginning at 11 a.m. Bring a chair and all your friends. $5 adults, children under 12 free.
Music at Blackey Community Center. I believe the date is the third Saturday of each month. Please contact Libby Smith of 7 South band for information.
I hope the benefit for a special young man, Travis Morton, was great. Please keep Travis and his family in your prayers.
Gwen Huff Framer’s son Glen Farmer Jr. is not perking too well as he is having some health issues. Please remember this family in your prayers also.
Once again I failed to remember a very important birthday. Belated happy birthday to Doyle Ison Feb. 12. I even called Betty and Doyle answered, and I know Doyle’s birthday as well as mine.
Happy birthday to my oldest granddaughter, Jennifer Proctor, Feb. 22. It is so hard to comprehend that Jennifer is a wife, a mother and has two lovely children of her own. She is still my little granddaughter who thought I hung the moon and stars.
I am still marveling in the joy of once again getting to see Shirley Wells while in Nashville.
Until next time: Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email Bluegrassmama4@aol.com, telephone 513- 367-4682.