Giving ’n Sugar Grove
From left, Tommy Walsh, MusicFest ’n Sugar Grove founder and
director of Appalachian State University’s Sustainable Development Outreach Program, accepts a
$1,000 check from Mountain Times Publications publisher Gene Fowler and The Mountain Times editor
Frank Ruggiero, as Sandra Lubarsky, director of the ASU Sustainable Development Program, looks on.
The donation benefits the Doc and Rosa Lee Watson Scholarship Fund, named after the late Doc Watson,
a Grammy Award-winning bluegrass legend and Deep Gap native. Each year, the scholarship provides
funding to a local sustainable development student with financial need during his or her junior year
at ASU. Mountain Times Publications, which served as official media sponsor for the annual MusicFest
’n Sugar Grove, held July 13 and 14, raised the donated sum through sales of a Watauga Democrat
special edition tribute to Watson, who died May 29.