2016 Schedule

Campground opens Friday, July 22 at 8 am

Friday Night Appalachian Barn Dance

Pickin’ and Jammin’ in the Park


dance-logo-webAppalachian Barn Dance, Lakeview Shelter, Strictly Strings Band and Zephyr Lightning Bolts; Dance Caller is John Turner;  four couple figures, Big Circles, Reels, Flat Foot and Two Step Dances; All levels, Beginners welcome; Admission $5

ZephyrLightningBoltsFounded about 18 years ago, the Zephyr Lightning Bolts have enjoyed performing around the areas of Northwest North Carolina and Southwest Virginia. Steve Bowen is the bass player. His wife, Diane plays clawhammer banjo, and their son, Jacob Bowen is the fiddler. Friend, Chester McMillian is the guitarist. The band has reconfigured over the years with several guitarists, but now has a strong musician in Chester. A somewhat unique feature of the band is that all the four musicians contribute to the vocals. Originally the Bowens lived in the small Surry County Community of Zephyr (Hence the Band’s name), but about eight years ago, they moved across the Mitchell River into the Wilkes County Community of Pleasant Ridge, Steve’s home place.

The members of Strictly Strings Band came up through the ranks of the Watauga Co JAM program and started playing out in public about 2 years ago.  They all play multiple instruments, also having taken banjo, mandolin and guitar classes in JAM.  Most have gone to music camps such as Peach Bottom, Pete Wernick Camp, and Swannanoa Gathering, as well as the pre-concert workshops by musicians performing at the Jones House set up by Mark Freed.  They are the next generation of Old Time, Bluegrass, and other genres, and are like sponges, soaking up the music. These young musicians have a heart to play, and have parents who cared enough to put them in JAM, and now are proud to take them to the many gigs where they are requested.

Members in the band for the dance:

  • Kathleen Burnett-fiddle
  • Anissa Burnett-fiddle & bass
  • Willow Dillon-fiddle & banjo
  • Caleb Coatney-mandolin & banjo
  • Cecil Gurganus-guitar





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