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Bluegrass Christmas Program at Carter Family Fold December 17, 2011 at 7:30 PM

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Carter Family ChristmasSaturday, December 17th, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special Christmas program. In lieu of admission, please bring a donation of canned goods for the local food bank. Those not bringing a canned goods donation are asked to make a donation of $7 for adults with all proceeds going to the Food Bank. Anyone under 12 will be admitted free of charge. Those attending are asked to bring finger foods, two-liter drinks, and cups, plates, or napkins. Christmas music will be performed as refreshments are served. Afterwards, they'll have music by the Town Branch Bluegrass Band and others. Musicians donate their time for this special Christmas show. Word from the North Pole is that Santa Claus will be visiting and available for photos with the children.

As long as bluegrass music has echoed through the hills and valleys of the Appalachian region, musicians of all ages have gathered together to play and preserve their favorite style of music. Town Branch Bluegrass Band showcases the traditional songs of yesterday, along with the driving sound of a modern style. The group began doing back porch picking and performing at local events nearly seven years ago, and they're now one of the region's hottest new bands. The Town Branch Bluegrass Band features Brandon Elkins on banjo, Bill Newman on mandolin, Peggy Ely on bass, Shirley Smith on vocals, and Jack and Wayne Bonham on guitar and vocals. For further information on the band, go to
Come out to the Carter Family Fold for a special Appalachian Mountain Christmas celebration. It's a great opportunity to hear some of the best music our region has to offer and to support a good cause at the same time. This year, more people than ever need assistance from our nation's food banks. Many of them simply don't have enough resources to help everyone in need. Help the Carter Family Fold make this a record year for the amount of canned goods donated. The A.P. Carter birthplace cabin will be specially decorated in the mountain Christmas tradition. Spending time at the Fold during the Christmas celebration will take you back to a time when the true meaning of the season wasn't lost in the commercial frenzy of modern-day Christmas.

Saturday, December 24th, 2011, the Carter Fold will be closed in observance of Christmas. Come out and join us Saturday, December 31st, for the final show of 2011 with Trey Hensley and Drivin' Force. On behalf of the Carter Fold staff and the Carter Family, we wish everyone a blessed, joyous holiday.

Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at

Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site at Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on Saturday's concert, contact the Mountain Music Museum at 276-645-0035. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054.

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