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When a legendary band stays together as long as The Bluegrass Experience has, you just want to celebrate them every year. ChathamArts is pleased to do the honors for the group's 39th Anniversary Concert, set for 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Barn in Fearrington Village—located halfway between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro. Doors open at 7 p.m., so guests can grab a frosty beverage from the Roost Beer Garden in Fearrington beforehand.
Be prepared for plenty of picking, wailing and banter by Bluegrass former member and co-founder Tommy Edwards, the group’s lead guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and storyteller, and five band mates. Current group members include Thomas “Snuffy” Smith on bass, Stan Brown on banjo, Mike Aldridge on mandolin and Al McCanless on fiddle.
Another former member Leroy Savage will join in on guitar and soulful tenor vocals. Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Keith Thomas, who played 17 years with the band, will be there to help out, as will (schedule permitting) former member Jimmy Cameron, who now performs with bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley.
The Bluegrass Experience can be heard on four band albums as well as three compilations. Their recording “Respect for Tradition” was termed “stone-cold bluegrass” and a “genuine treasure” by the International Bluegrass Music Association newsletter.
Edwards has recorded four solo projects with the help of friends Bobby Hicks, Tony Williamson, Jim Mills, Savage and others. “The Christmas Letter” from Edwards’ 2002 project “Good Company,” was featured on Rebel Records’ holiday album “Christmas in the Mountains” along with tunes by Ralph Stanley, Larry Sparks and The Country Gentlemen.
Fun walk benefits Paws4Ever
Paws4Ever is holding the 5th annual Walk for Animal Protection on Saturday, November 6, 2010 in Southern Village in Chapel Hill. The event begins at 9 a.m. and the 2 mile fun walk begins at noon. Registration is $25 and pre-registration is recommended at www.paws4ever.org. Each registratant recieves an event t-shirt and the first 200 to register also recieve a logo sports bottle.
The event features contests, live music, demonstrations (Agility, Flyball, Frisbee, Drill Team), kid activities, a 2-mile Fun Walk, vendors, and much much more. All proceeds go to benefit the lifesaving works of Paws4ever, the triangle's leading non-profit no-kill rescue organization and training center.
New Library hosts Children’s Celebration
The Chatham Community Library will host its First Annual Childen’s Celebration on Saturday, November 6 from 10 a.m. to noon. Featuring the Paperhand Puppet Intervention and the Scrap Exchange. Refreshments by the Chatham Marketplace. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Come check out our new digs and let your kids get their first taste for a love of reading. This is a party for children and children’s books. Come dressed as your favorite book character, vote for your favorite book, get a first library card. Enjoy a craft, story time, face-painting, and other festive activities.