Christmas JAM program to be held at the Carter Fold

Contributed To The Press • Dec 14, 2017 at 8:45 AM

HILTONS, Va. — The Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special Christmas program on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of admission, attendees are asked to bring a donation of canned goods for the local food bank (suggested amount $10 per person). Those not bringing a canned goods donation are asked to make a donation of $10 for adults with all proceeds going to the Food Bank. Anyone under age 12 will be admitted free of charge.

Those attending are also asked to bring finger foods, two-liter drinks and cups, plates or napkins. Christmas music will be performed as refreshments are served. Afterwards, music will be provided by the Scott County JAM students.

Additionally, the A.P. Carter birthplace cabin will be specially decorated in the mountain Christmas tradition — including homemade Christmas decorations by the special needs youth of Sullivan County.

JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) is an after-school program that encourages the preservation of old time Appalachian music by introducing music through small group instruction on instruments common to the Appalachian region — such as fiddle, banjo and guitar.

Started by long-time Fold musician and Carter Family friend Helen White, who plays with Wayne Henderson and Friends, the program is in its fourth year in Scott County. It is open to any student in grades 4-12.

The JAM String Band was created for students who excel in their instrument and have a desire to entertain and share the music with others. Some of the String Band members are award-winning musicians who have won first place and placed in local as well as regional competitions.

The band has played at many venues including Heartwood Youth Music Festival, Mountain Empire Home Craft Days, WGOC Can-Jo Radio Program, Clinch Mountain Music Fest and at the Carter Fold. They have performed at many civic and private functions, and they are sponsored by many civic and private donations.

Members of the band are Maelee Taylor on fiddle, Elisbeth Roberts on banjo, Lillie Miller on fiddle, Emerson Brown on fiddle, Savannah Williams on fiddle, Ben Peters on banjo, Katie Pearcy on guitar, Hunter White on guitar and Chase Hughes on guitar.

The musicians donate their time for this special Christmas show.

For more information, call 276-386-6054 or visit www.carterfamilyfold.org, the Fold’s Facebook page or Twitter @carterfoldinfo.

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