How Great it Is…

Sometimes when there is an elephant in the room, all you can do is kick the dog. After all the elephant is so big and the dog is manageable. Once Papa and I had a disease as big as an elephant in our space, and I know it’s a difficult situation. We are grateful that we were able to help a little as Jim and his family face their elephant.

Our friend Jimmy kicked the dog last fall, with a bluegrass show to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis research. It was a good show, great musicians, but attendance could have been better.

Last Saturday, Jimmy, with help from his wonderful neighbors in Newaygo County, Michigan, stepped on the elephants toe. We were glad we were there to see it happen. Read the results, and his reaction here.

I said I would list those I wanted to thank, and now I can:

Detour Bluegrass; the Mike Adams Band; Hardline Drive, Windy Mountain Express: R.J. Thomas, Ralph Paige, Kim Kittle, Red Martin and Billy Irvine sitting in on bass; Lonesome Journey: Larry and Tia Brown, Gary Fountain, Ben Crofoot, Mike Crofoot, and Ace Briggs; the Kleiners: Austin, Collin, Sydney, Alex and Hanna Kleiner; Dan Yoder from the Native Wood Music Store; and Issac Smith; who all contributed to the great music. Helen Weller for the MC work.

Shape Corporation, Ed’s Orchard Market, The Times Indicator, Native Wood Music Store, Gerber Products Company, Main Street Hair Design, Outback Auto Repair, The Dogwood Center, Pride of Newaygo County.

A few more: Sherrie and Richard Harris, Rich Wheeler, Sr., Diane Yonker and Tina VanDerberg.

We had fun, we saw some friends, we saw some good music, we saw some kids who will grow into good musicians, and who are good people. We saw some great teens helping their community.

Photographs of the event are here and here. Watch for a repeat event next year.

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