2017-11-16 / Front Page

Little Roy and friends gear up for Thanksgiving Pickin’ Party

Along with turkey and dressing, there will be plenty of bluegrass mu­sic for the holiday as the “Thanks­giving Eve Bluegrass Pickin’ Party” is scheduled to take place in the old high school auditorium on Ward Avenue.

The music will get underway any time between 6 and 7:30 p.m. – it just depends on when the pickers arrive.

According to “Little Roy” Lew­is, the party has been a holiday tradition for the past 38 years.

“It was started by Ted Adkins, Jimmy ‘Duck’ Adkins, and Emory Ware at a deer camp on the Elber­ton Highway,” said Lewis. “After a while, it was moved to the Lincoln­ton Clubhouse for two years, then to Goolsby’s Store for at least 30 years, and after that it was moved to the Lewis Family Pavilion.

“We moved it to the old high school because we had to deal with inclement weather at the pavilion in 2014.”

In other comments, Lewis said, “There were 15 musicians at the first pickin’ party, 30 at the second, and it just kept on growing. Now, we have pickers from everywhere – Tennes­see, Virginia, N.C., S.C., Alabama, and Florida. You never know who will show up to play.”

Special guests over the years have included Grammy winner Earl Scruggs and Ben Speer, who per­formed with the Speer Family.

“It’s not a performance,” Lewis explained. “It’s just singing and playing – we play whatever we want.”

There is no admission charged for the event, and free chili and soft drinks will be available, courtesy of Bonnie Lewis, Larry and Diane Walton, and Richard Brown.

While the food is free, donations are appreciated, and all proceeds will be given to the Secret Santa effort. If possible, guests are also asked to take donations of unwrapped toys to aid the Secret Santa initiative, which will help a local boy or girl have a merry Christmas this year.

Little Roy went on to thank Com­mercial Insurance Services, Inc. for providing the auditorium for the occasion.

“We hope members of the com­munity will come out and join us November 23 for a night of fun, fellowship, food, and good, old- fashioned bluegrass music,” Lewis concluded.

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