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Carter Fold to present Christmas program

Staff Report • Dec 10, 2019 at 1:48 PM

HILTONS — The Carter Family Fold’s annual Christmas program is back for another year.

The program will take place this Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Fold, located at 3449 A.P. Carter Highway. In lieu of admission, guests are asked to bring a donation of canned food, with a suggested amount of $10 per person.

“It’s a great opportunity to hear some of the best music our region has to offer and to support good causes at the same time,” a press release states. “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 us make this a record year for the amount of canned goods donated.”

What to bring

In addition to the canned food, guests are asked to bring finger foods, two-liter drinks, cups, plates or napkins. The refreshments will be served at the start of the show.

All canned food collected will be given to a local food bank, the press release states. Those not bringing canned goods are asked to make a $10 donation, with all proceeds going to the food bank. Anyone under 12 will be admitted free of charge.

What to expect

Christmas music will be performed by Mendota Road, a group of old-time musicians, as the show begins and refreshments are served. Afterwards, the Scott County JAM students will perform.

JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) is a program that encourages the youth of this region to preserve old-time Appalachian music. The after-school program is in its sixth year in Scott County and is open to any student in fourth through 12th grade.

The program 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 the Carter Fold.

In addition to the music, 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.

Dedication

The Fold will dedicate the program to the memory of Helen White, who founded JAM. Many Fold fans and patrons associate her with the group Wayne Henderson and Friends.

White served as the group’s lead singer and fiddler for many years and helped plan 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.

For more information, visit www.carterfamilyfold.org or leave a message at (276) 594-0676.