Looking for some history or maybe some adventure or even some old timey music? If you answered Yes, be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, September 26. Big plans are being made for that day by a group of history minded and community minded folks.
The name of the project is Long Journey Home and it is sponsored by The Johnson County Arts Council and directed by Evelyn Cook and Cristy Dunn. The event will include the unveiling of a new mural by the very talented artist Cristy Dunn. Cristys first mural can be viewed on the side of a building at the corner of South Church Street and Donnelly Street. Her newest creation will be unveiled Saturday, September 26, at 10:00 am and it will be on the north wall of the Antiques and Collectibles store in midtown. Other events will include what is being called a Musical Heritage Tour. The Tour involves short drives to various places of historic interest where there will be music in genres that are historically connected to Johnson County.
I recently sat in on a planning session at the lovely home of Ed and Evelyn Cook and shared in the excitement of those present as they were planning the events. Besides Evelyn Cook and Cristy Dunn, on hand were Celia Pennington, Celeste Dunn, Minnie Miller and Stephan Long. All were working to make September 26 a memorable day. Some others who are involved with the project are Temple Reece, Karla Prudhomme, Wanda Payne, Judy McGuire and Lois Dunn.
Also, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. therell be an art show at the library. Moreover, therell be artifacts concerning the story of local musician Banman (G. B.) Grayson and his connection with the song about Tom Dooley.
Following that the tour will begin with a drive to the spot where Dooley was captured on Roan Creek. There will be folks singing the murder songs that were popular early last century.
The next stop will be the Tom Ashley home on Forge Creek. There, the music will consist of the ever-popular Claw Hammer Style of banjo picking. Molasses cookies and bottled water will be served. Ashley began his career in music in Medicine Shows and went on to become a popular entertainer recording a number of songs
The next stop on the itinerary is the Zionville Baptist Church Cemetery at Trade, Tennessee where James P. Grayson is buried. Grayson helped capture Tom Dooley. A cappella music will be featured there.
The Clint Howard farm is the next stop. Old time and Bluegrass music will be featured. Clint was famous as a singer and guitar player.
The final stop will be at the Fred Price homestead. Old timey music will be featured. Cobbler and apple butter will be made there. Fred was a well-known fiddle player and played in many venues during his musical career.
It is impossible to mention all that is in store when Saturday, September 26 comes around. But with the great planning that is being done, you can bet its going to be an exciting time.