Later March Update 2020

Well, we had quite a time at the Heritage Preservation Center, kicking off the new season of Museum Thursdays with History, Songs and Stories. It was a full house at this terrific performance venue and the audience was all anyone could ask for, with people coming from as far away as Massachusetts (Full disclosure: they were old friends from another life in the last century.) Next up at the HPC is a returns engagement of five-time winner of the West Virginia State Liars' Contest, the thoroughly entertaining story teller, Bill Lepp. He'll be appearing on 2 April. You can get all the details and reserve tickets at 276-223-3330.

Insofar as I'm concerned, that brings us to the reason for this second update in the same month. I have another gig! How about that for semi-retirement? This one is a benefit for the American Heart Association. It's being sponsored by my niece, local State Farm Insurance Agent, Jennifer Walters and is dedicated to the memory of her late father, my brother-in-law, Bob Walters. It'll be held here in Wytheville at the Seven Sisters Brewery, 355 E. Main Street on 19 March. You can phone 276-227-0999 for details and directions. The place opens at 4:00 Pm. I'll be doing a couple of sets from 7:00-9:00.

As you probably realize, the 19th sort of coincides with the 17th, which is of course, St. Patrick's Day. I believe that gives us the right, if not the duty, to do some celebrating, don't you know. Now not many people know this, but the drinking of fermented beverages - such as those produced at Seven Sisters Brewery - has long been associated with the Irish, who in turn have been known to celebrate St. Patrick's Day by imbibing the the same on and about 17 March. It's true! You could look it up! So far be it from us to shirk tradition. In fact, we should take that as a mandate!

Now I'm no doctor, nor did I ever play one on TV. However, I did play doctor a time or two when I was in knee pants and paid the price for doing so, but that's another story and has no relevance here. But back to my point: I have it on somewhat sketchy authority that drinking a certain amount of brewed, fermented beverages is excellent exercise cardiacally and aerobically as you make regular trips to and from the terlet. We should keep focused on the wisdom of founding father, Dr. Benjamin Franklin, who said that beer is the living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. So far be it from us to against the word of God or Old Ben.

I suppose that's all the skinny from this end. Have a read through the website (, listen to some tunes or maybe even download some from various outlets such as Youtube, Spotify, Apple iTunes, Google Music Store, Rhapsody, Deezer, Amazon or thru CD Baby. AND...if you're interested in There's a Story Told Freelance Writing, drop me an email and I can send along some various writing samples as well as a resume.

I hope to see you at Seven Sisters Brewery on 19 March for the American Heart Association Benefit, if not down the road one of these days. In the mean time, please join me in keeping in your thoughts and prayers those men and women who for our sake go in harm's way at home and abroad.

All the best for now,



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