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Wayne Henderson to the rescue

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Article Published: Oct. 4, 2012 | Modified: Oct. 22, 2012
Wayne Henderson to the rescue

Guitarist and luthier extraordinaire Wayne Henderson will perform a benefit concert Oct. 21 in West Jefferson.

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Guitar virtuoso, master luthier and internationally acclaimed performer Wayne Henderson will pick for a cause Oct. 21.

To Henderson, a resident of the quaint community of Rugby, Va., it’s the neighborly thing to do.
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia, tucked away in Rugby, is Rugby Creek Animal Rescue.

At first glance, it would appear to be just another ordinary country farm. Upon closer examination, visitors will find that it’s just the opposite.

A nonprofit organization, Rugby Creek offers a safe haven for all creatures great (Blue the Great Dane) and small (Wallie the Chihuahua) to all creatures short (Elmo the 25-inch dwarf horse) and tall (Auster the 16-hands-high Frisian), with everything in between.

Solely owned and operated by two sisters, Ashley and Kelly Smart, Rugby Creek takes in animals that are generally considered “not adoptable,” due to permanent, severe limitations, resultant of injuries and maiming at the hands of former owners.

In years past, the farm has been able to maintain its “furry family” through donations and modest income, but due to unforeseen circumstances and a downward economy, times are unfortunately tight.

Enter Wayne Henderson, who, with some close friends, will perform a benefit concert on the animals’ behalf. The show takes place Sunday, Oct. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Ashe Civic Center, located at 962 Mt. Jefferson Road in West Jefferson.

Tickets cost $15 for general admission and $10 for students with valid identification, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting Rugby Creek Animal Rescue. Organizers recommend buying tickets in advance by calling (336) 846-2787. Tickets, if not sold out, will also be available at the door.

Those unable to attend the concert, but who still wish to contribute to the cause, may do so by contacting Rugby Creek Animal Rescue at (276) 579-4215 or visiting http://www.rugbycreekanimalrescue.org.

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