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Youth Showcase at Jones House Friday

Article Published: Sep. 6, 2012 | Modified: Sep. 8, 2012
Youth Showcase at Jones House Friday

Max ‘The Magician’ Midgett and other talented youngsters will take the Jones House porch for
Friday’s Youth Showcase.

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The town of Boone continues the 2012 Concerts at the Jones House series with a special Youth Showcase evening, featuring local youngsters and one recent Watauga High School graduate.

The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with The Pizzicato Quartet, a classical guitar foursome, featuring WHS junior Grayson Fenwick, WHS freshman Mary Seramur, Green Valley eighth-grader Ethan Fenwick and Hardin Park seventh-grader Elaine Mansure. The four are students of Justin Butler at the Appalachian State University Community School of Music, and they have performed together at the Watauga Education Foundation’s Shooting Stars talent show, ASU Community School of Music recital and the ASU Guitar Concert. They have been playing together for about a year and a half.

Sarah McGuire will take to the porch following the quartet, accompanied by her father, Mark McGuire, on acoustic guitar. Sarah is a recent graduate of Watauga High School, who is now attending Lees-McRae College.

During her years at Cove Creek Elementary and WHS, she participated in chorus and drama as a member of the WHS Playmakers. She performed in Watauga County Schools’ annual talent show, Shooting Stars, six times. Her performance at the J ones House will include some of her own compositions.

Max “The Magician” Midgett will follow McGuire, bringing the first magic show to the summer concert series in the 20-year history of the performances. Midgett has been performing magic for several years, including a handful of performances in the Shooting Stars show. His act combines magic and comedy and will include some audience participation.

The evening will conclude with a string band performance by The Burnett and Cockman Sisters, a group including Kathleen and Anissa Burnett on fiddles, Arwen and Lorien Cockman on guitar and dobro, and John Cockman on bass. Both sisters perform with respective family bands, in addition to combining efforts for various performances and competitions, such as the annual Fiddler’s Grove festival in Union Grove. Their performance will showcase their musicianship and harmony singing.

Concerts at the Jones House take place at the Jones House Community Center, located at 604 W. King St. in downtown Boone, every Friday from June through September. The free concert starts at 5 p.m., and patrons are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket to sit on the lawn.

The 2012 concert series is sponsored by MPrints, Stick Boy Bread/Melanie’s, Footsloggers, Mast General Store and the Downtown Boone Development Association. For a complete schedule, visit or call (828) 262-4576.

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