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Artisan Moment, Patrick Henry

For the last twelve years Ray Baird has been the head interpreter at St. John’s Church where Patrick Henry gave his “Liberty or Death" speech. Ray tells the story of Patrick Henry, his life and the historical elements that led to this special time in American history.
Ray started as a Civil War re-enactor and was a Richmond tour guide for about 15 years ago. Now, his focus is personifying Patrick Henry. Although Ray is invited to speak in many locations, one of his favorite events is to portray Henry in Clifton Forge on the 4th of July in addition to Heritage Day.
Ray has been a historian for about the last 30 years.

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Artisan Moment, Patrick Henry  For the last twelve years Ray Baird has been the head interpreter at St. John’s Church where Patrick Henry gave his “Liberty or Death speech. Ray tells the story of Patrick Henry, his life and the historical elements that led to this special time in American history.
Ray started as a Civil War re-enactor and was a Richmond tour guide for about 15 years ago. Now, his focus is personifying Patrick Henry. Although Ray is invited to speak in many locations, one of his favorite events is to portray Henry in Clifton Forge on the 4th of July in addition to Heritage Day.
Ray has been a historian for about the last 30 years.  #heritageartisans

Artisan Moment, Jeanette Strouth

Jeanette Strouth from Vinton, Virginia will be demonstrating how she makes her hand-crafted fireplace bellows during Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day and C&O Railway Festival on Saturday, June 1 from 10:00 to 5:00. Jeanette will be demonstrating at the Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center. The demonstrations at the Arts & Crafts Center will feature Home Arts through the years. The Center will host their annual Quilt Exhibit and have demonstrations including spinning and weaving, hand-quilting, bellows-making, basket-making and demonstrations by Betsy Carter in their 1940's kitchen. Make sure to save the date on your calendar!

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Artisan Moment, Jeanette Strouth  Jeanette Strouth from Vinton, Virginia will be demonstrating how she makes her hand-crafted fireplace bellows during Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day and C&O Railway Festival on Saturday, June 1 from 10:00 to 5:00.  Jeanette will be demonstrating at the Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center.  The demonstrations at the Arts & Crafts Center will feature Home Arts through the years.  The Center will host their annual Quilt Exhibit and have demonstrations including spinning and weaving, hand-quilting, bellows-making, basket-making and demonstrations by Betsy Carter in their 1940s kitchen.  Make sure to save the date on your calendar!  #heritageartisans

Entertainer, Jim Lloyd

Jim Lloyd returns with his banjos to The Historic Masonic Theatre Underground for Heritage Day. Jim is an Appalachian barber, musician, presenter, music teacher, banjo historian, and radio host whose accomplishments go on and on in old-time, bluegrass, storytelling, and organizing. A multi-instrumentalist best known for his banjo and guitar work, Jim’s musical roots extend back through at least four generations of fiddlers, guitar players, dancers and singers from the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia. We are so pleased to have Jim back with us. No admission for AH Heritage Day & C&O Heritage Festival, Saturday, June 1, from 10:00 to 5:00 pm.

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Entertainer, Jim Lloyd  Jim Lloyd returns with his banjos to The Historic Masonic Theatre Underground for Heritage Day.   Jim is an Appalachian barber, musician, presenter, music teacher, banjo historian, and radio host whose accomplishments go on and on in old-time, bluegrass, storytelling, and organizing.   A multi-instrumentalist best known for his banjo and guitar work, Jim’s musical roots extend back through at least four generations of fiddlers, guitar players, dancers and singers from the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia.  We are so pleased to have Jim back with us.  No admission for AH Heritage Day & C&O Heritage Festival, Saturday, June 1, from 10:00 to 5:00 pm.  #heritageartisans

Strum Sum Band

Early in 2012, Bob DuCharme (banjo) met Mike Reed (mandolin, guitar) at his store in White Sulphur Springs and together they noticed that they had mutual musical interests. After strumming a few times together, Bob set up a meeting with Tom Hefner (12 string guitar, bass singer) and George Piasecki (bass guitar) both of whom he knew to have similar music interests.

About a month later the four of us played our first "gig" at the White Sulphur Springs Library. We had a lot of fun, and hope that the audience did too!

The rest is history! Now starting our seventh year as a group, we continue to add songs to our eclectic repertory and have performed at festivals, private events, and varied local venues.

We do it for fun, and as Bob says, we do it shamelessly. At our ages, it is time now to act out and enjoy our hobby and our friends.

Enjoy the music of the Strum Sum Band at 3:00 pm on the Masonic Amphitheatre stage during Heritage Day, June 1 from 10 to 5!

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Strum Sum Band  Early in 2012, Bob DuCharme (banjo) met Mike Reed (mandolin, guitar) at his store in White Sulphur Springs and together they noticed that they had mutual musical interests.  After strumming a few times together, Bob set up a meeting with Tom Hefner (12 string guitar, bass singer) and George Piasecki (bass guitar) both of whom he knew to have similar music interests.  About a month later the four of us played our first gig at the White Sulphur Springs Library.  We had a lot of fun, and hope that the audience did too!  The rest is history!  Now starting our seventh year as a group, we continue to add songs to our eclectic repertory and have performed at festivals, private events, and varied local venues.  We do it for fun, and as Bob says, we do it shamelessly.  At our ages, it is time now to act out and enjoy our hobby and our friends.  Enjoy the music of the Strum Sum Band at 3:00 pm on the Masonic Amphitheatre stage during Heritage Day, June 1 from 10 to 5!  #heritageartisans

Artisan Moment, Crossing County Lines

At 11:30 am on the stage of the Masonic Amphitheatre Crossing County Lines will share their amazing music. "We’ve had an amazing experience playing with each other, special guests, and of course jamming and singing with all of our fans! We have recently written original songs, sung old ones and new ones, and enjoyed playing with so many other bands that we meet. We hope you all come out to see us. We are so excited to continue our band that is progressing louder and better than ever!!

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Artisan Moment, Crossing County Lines  At 11:30 am on the stage of the Masonic Amphitheatre Crossing County Lines will share their amazing music. We’ve had an amazing experience playing with each other, special guests, and of course jamming and singing with all of our fans! We have recently written original songs, sung old ones and new ones, and enjoyed playing with so many other bands that we meet. We hope you all come out to see us. We are so excited to continue our band that is progressing louder and better than ever!!  #heritageartisans

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