Carter Fold Christmas program set for Saturday

Johnson City Press • Updated Dec 12, 2019 at 8:44 AM

HILTONS – On Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia will present a special Christmas program.

In lieu of admission, attendees are asked to bring a donation of canned goods for the local food bank (suggested amount of $10 per person). Those not bringing the donation of a canned good are asked to make a donation of $10 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 by Mendota Road, a group of old-time musicians – primarily children and teenagers from the Mendota area – as the show begins and refreshments are served. Afterward, the venue will have music by the Scott County JAM students. Musicians donate their time for this special Christmas show.

Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) is a program that encourages the youth of the Appalachian mountain region in the preservation of old-time Appalachian music. This program is in its 6th year in Scott County. It is open to any student in 4th through 12th grades. JAM is an after-school program for children. JAM introduces music through small group instruction on instruments common to the Appalachian region, such as the fiddle, banjo and guitar.

The JAM String Band was created for students who excel instrumentally and have a desire to entertain and share their 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 Scott County JAM String Band has played at many venues including Heartwood Youth Music Festival, Mountain Empire Home Craft Days, WGOC Radio, Clinch Mountain Music Fest, and at the Carter Fold. They have performed at many civic and private functions, and they are sponsored by area civic and private donations.

The Fold would like to dedicate this special concert to the memory of the venue’s good friend, Helen White. Helen founded JAM, and most patrons associate her with the group Wayne Henderson and Friends. Helen served as their lead singer and fiddler for many years, and she was very much a part of planning the annual Wayne Henderson Festival which has supported JAM and the preservation of mountain music from the time it began. That support now includes the Wayne Henderson School of Music in Marion, Virginia. Helen will be missed by all those who knew her, but she left behind an amazing legacy that not only included JAM but her life-long career as a teacher.

Several members of the Scott County JAM Band and their instructors will be featured for this special Christmas performance. For more information on the Scott County JAM program, visit their Facebook page – Scott County JAM – or contact the Scott County Public School administrative office.

For more info, visit www.carterfamilyfold.org or call 276-594-0676.