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Young bluegrass musicians thrill audience

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Hello again everyone. Summer sure is coming to an end way too fast for me! We sure had a cool July, actually some mornings felt more like fall to me. Time waits for no one and it seems like we have already lost a little daylight at the end of the day!

Vickie Power and I went to Flatland Bluegrass Barn at Bath, Ind., to see a band called Gold Wing Express with three Native American brothers, Shawn, Steven and Paul, and their father Bob Baldridge. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this group several times through the years.

At the end of the Gold Wing Express show they pay a tribute to all the Armed Forces by having all who have served in the military stand for much deserved recognition, some old enough to be my dad.

The audience was in for a thrill, or I should say I was, as Dolly Bradshaw, a musician at the Barn and a member of Old Time Fiddlers, has done a wonderful job with a group of young musicians called The Rascals. This group is made up of kids under 16 years old, and you should hear this talented group of young guys.

Twelve-year-old Evan Lanier was the guitar picker. He has a band called Evan Lanier & Bluegrass Express. He even managed a smile or two, and thrilled the audience with his picking. There were four banjo pickers, two mandolin players, Dolly played bass and helped with the singing. Alex Hurtubuise sang several gospel songs, and as usual he did a good job.

Polly Maucher sat with Vickie and me, and just a few feet away were three of the sweetest people that you could ever meet, Hayward Day and his beautiful wife Vivian and daughter Kim. This was their first time to the Barn.

I sat on Hayward’s knee, and he said he would never be able to walk, so I borrowed a friend’s crutches so he could be prepared just in case he needed them.

I’d rather tease Hayward than eat when I am hungry, as the old mountain saying goes. Hayward and Vivian are from the Roxana area and knew our parents Clayton and Ora Hall many years ago. Vivian is a sister to Bill Ison and Ann Calihan.

Wes Wells and his lovely wife were there enjoying the music, and this was their first time there. The Wells own the Harvest Time Restaurant in Everton, Ind., which has bluegrass music on Saturday nights, a place I love to go.

Vickie and I were on a mission. Staples Office Supply had a sale on spiral notebook paper for one cent apiece. Who can resist a sale like this? Especially when you have grandchildren! The only drawback was that you were only allowed six at a time. I couldn’t resist several trips and a little talking got me several more notebooks. They have pink covers, and I had never seen pink-covered spiral notebooks.

I told Vickie about the time my dear friend Margie Kelly and I found a shoe store that was closing, shoes were a dollar a pair. I think that in only a couple of visits I bought about 50 pair of shoes.

I was ashamed for my husband to see them, so I hid them under the bed. When I would wear a pair, my husband would ask if that was a new pair of shoes. I would reply that I had them for some time!

I went to visit Clarence and Arlyn Halcomb, and when I left for home it looked as if I had been to a produce stand. I came home with peaches, tomatoes, peppers, green beans and freshly dug new potatoes. And I do mean freshly dug, as Clarence washed the dirt off and dried them in the sun for me. Now I think I am a special person.

Clarence and Arlyn attended the Halcomb family reunion, held at Lake Cumberland. This is the 40th year for the Halcomb family to get together. They’ve been going 39 years at one of the brother’s place at Lake Cumberland, and one year at London.

Plenty of good country cooking was served at the reunion. They cooked country breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings, which consisted of sausage, eggs, fried apples, biscuits and gravy. It makes me hungry just thinking about it. A wonderful time was had by everyone. I believe there were over 60 who attended this reunion.

Clarence is still a young man for his age as he will be 92 Oct. 8.

Belated happy birthday wishes to Gwen Huff Farmer on Aug. 16. Gwen has reached the young age of 80, and as usual I forgot to get a card to her, and meant to mention her birthday last week in my column.

Gwen really enjoyed having her son John and Sonya and Grant with her. Her grandson John Harding Farmer is visiting her.

Gwen has a couple of neighbors who help her in the garden, and said that in three days they picked 15 buckets of corn. She has put 50 bags of cream-style corn in the freezer.

Willa Mae and Carl Boggs enjoyed eating out with a group of friends from church. I think she threatened them if they didn’t buy The Mountain Eagle.

Willa Mae went school shopping with her daughter in-law and granddaughter to Tennessee. I think this trip wore her out a little. Carl stayed home during this adventure.

My sister-in-law Wanda Hall told me that a building that I love to look at when I am on Linefork is owned by Willa Mae’s daughter-inlaw’s mother. It is made of wood and has green trimming, and is a gift shop or something. I just know it is a beautiful setting.

My brother Richie is feeling sort of bad again. He stays in a lot of pain with his legs and back.

My brother Jerry Hall had to go to the doctor. I finally talked to Jerry and Mattie for a few minutes.

Johnny and Ann Calihan spent a couple of days in West Virgini. with Ann’s sister Evadean and Laffee Marcum. Both are in bad health so keep these two in your prayers. It is hard when someone is ill, and worse when they are so far away.

My little sidekick Bennie Wiederhold is keeping me busy. My son Keith Ballard was fixing a tricycle for him. Bennie decided to help out, and got a pair of vise grips. You should have seen him holding those in both of his little hands and saying ‘wheel,’ as he was trying to put the wheel on. This was a Kodak moment if I had a camera in my possession. Keith and I took him to the park to let him play. I don’t think Angie appreciated how dirty I let him get, since we let him play in the sand.

Hello to Betty and Barefoot Bill Kelly and all my readers.

Don’t forget Letcher County Day in Harrison, Sept. 26., starting at 11 a.m. This is the third year for this event and I hope it grows each year. I am so glad that this is in effect, and I am really looking forward to this day.

I just looked at the time, so I am out of here. Until next time! Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Rd., Harrison, Ohio 45030, email: Bluegrassmama4 @aol.com, telephone 513- 367-4682.


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