The two previous concerts were resounding successes – July’s event surpassing June’s with its variety of great music, good fellowship and many happy people. The church is grateful to those of you who helped to spread the word, and they hope you will help them wrap up the summer with this exciting lineup.
The primary goal has been to reach out to our nearby communities with non-denominational music this summer, and the church has, indeed, been blessed to welcome visitors from neighboring congregations and communities-at-large from nearby Vilas, Sugar Grove and Valle Crucis, from Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk, from Ashe, Avery and Wilkes Counties, and from East Tennessee, as well as many from “off the mountains.”
This summer’s grand finale features CreekSide Grass and the Mennonite Brethren Gospel Choir and Band, along with the host band, Turkey Tracks Trio and soloist Sarah McGuire with Mark McGuire.
CreekSide Grass is a locally-based bluegrass band, featuring a variety of musical influences and the full lineup of traditional bluegrass instruments. They combine elements of traditional, gospel, country and bluegrass into a high-energy sound that is inspiring, accessible and crowd pleasing. Members of this exciting group have played on some of the biggest stages and with many of the greatest names in bluegrass, folk and gospel music, their growing popularity leading them to be nominated for the 2011 CMA Awards in Charlotte. Learn more about them and sample their music at www.reverbnation.com/creeksidegrass.
The Mennonite Brethren Gospel Choir and Band joyfully represents the Boone Mennonite Brethren Church, one of the most beloved musical groups in the High Country. Folks from all walks of life and from all points on the religious spectrum flock to follow their uplifting performances. This group’s exuberant gospel music is spirit lifting and Spirit lifting, bound to bring expectant visitors and fans from all over. Come early to get a seat.
Summer is already over for our host band, Turkey Tracks Trio. Johnson County, Tenn. teachers Jennifer Gillenwater and Mary Mays are back in the classroom. However, they, along with Linda Miller, happily celebrate the end of summer with their unique blend of bluegrass, gospel, old-time country and pop acoustic music. The church is so grateful for their gift and look forward to sharing it with you.
Multi-talented singer/composer/musician Sarah McGuire is also back in school, a freshman at Lees-McRae College. The church is grateful to her, too, and her ever faithful father, Mark McGuire, who accompanies Sarah on guitar and the occasional duet. They’ll be adding Sarah’s seemingly effortless mix of sacred, secular, popular and folk songs to our musical gift to the community.
Baird’s Creek Presbyterian Church is conveniently located on at 2147 NC Hwy 194 S, in Vilas – that’s 2 miles west of 194’s intersection with US 321, Vilas, or, if you’re coming from south of the church, it’s just 2 miles north of Valle Crucis’ Original Mast General Store. The church urges all musicians to come join in the wrap-up jam at the end of each evening’s music.
For more information, call 828-355-9639.