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Music, food, fellowship on tap at Carter Family Fold's annual Christmas program

December 11th, 2011 6:33 pm by staff report

Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Va., invites folks to come celebrate Christmas in the country this year.

Those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the hectic holiday season will find solace at the music center’s annual Christmas celebration, set for 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17. The evening is reminiscent of celebrations from days gone by when the true meaning of the season wasn’t overshadowed by the commercial frenzy of modern-day Christmases.

Guests are asked to bring finger foods, two-liter drinks and cups, plates or napkins to share. Christmas music will be performed as refreshments are served. Afterwards, the Town Branch Bluegrass Band — donating their time for the show — will take the stage for an evening of toe-tapping traditional bluegrass music.

The Town Branch Bluegrass Band showcases traditional songs of yesteryear with the driving sound of a modern style.

The group began back-porch picking and performing at local events nearly seven years ago, and they’re now much sought-after around the region.

Town Branch features the talents of 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.

The A.P. Carter birthplace cabin will be specially decorated in the mountain Christmas tradition for the occasion, and word has it that Santa Claus will also be on hand for photos with the children.

In lieu of the regular admission charge, visitors are asked to bring a donation of canned goods for the local food bank. A cash donation of $7 for adults can be made instead. Children younger than 12 get in free.

Carter Fold will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 24, in observance of Christmas Eve, but will return to its regular Saturday night schedule on Dec. 31 with a performance by Trey Hensley and Drivin’ Force.

For more information about Saturday’s concert, call 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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