MusicFest Memories

Article Published: Jul. 19, 2012 | Modified: Jul. 27, 2012
MusicFest Memories

Area resident Arthur Grimes, right, dances with the Carolina Chocolate Drops last Saturday, as banjo player Hubby Jenkins plays along.

Photo by Frank Ruggiero

The 15th annual MusicFest ’n Sugar Grove tuned into Cove Creek July 13 and 14, attracting thousands of visitors to the Historic Cove Creek School.

This year marked the festival’s first foray without Doc Watson, the flatpicking bluegrass legend from Deep Gap, who died May 29.

More than 30 musical acts performed, including Watson’s longtime friend, Charles Welch, who hosted a tribute Saturday with the Kruger Brothers, celebrating Watson’s life and music.

As MusicFest volunteer Jim “Andy” Andrews said, “In (Doc’s) spirit, there are going tobe sounds carrying from this part of the county for a long, long time to come.”

The festival serves as a fundraiser for Cove Creek Preservation and Development, as well as the Doc and Rosa Lee Watson Scholarship, which benefits students in Appalachian State University’s Sustainable Development Program.

Mountain Times Publications contributed $1,000 toward the scholarship through sales of a Watauga Democrat special edition tribute to Doc Watson, the award-winning bluegrass legend from Deep Gap, who died May 29. Mountain Times Publications publisher Gene Fowler and The Mountain Times editor Frank Ruggiero presented the check to Tommy Walsh, director of ASU Sustainable Development Outreach, Saturday at MusicFest.

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