Vinton VFW benefit concert scheduled for October 19
VINTON–The Vinton VFW Post 4522 will hold its major fundraiser for the year on October 19 at the VFW Hall on Lee Avenue in downtown Vinton.
Two bands, Witcher Creek and the Haymakertown Express, will be entertaining. Admission is $5.00. All proceeds will go to the local VFW to help veterans in the area, especially those with medical needs.
There will be the usual hot dogs for sale, as well as other plated dinner items beginning at 6:00 p.m. The music and dancing start at 7:00 p.m.
Before and during the concert, there will be a mini-yard sale, featuring items for $5.00 and under, also to benefit the veterans.
The members of Witcher Creek Band describe themselves as “Old Time Pickers Picking Old Time Music.” They got together at a bluegrass session in Moneta in 2007. Since then, they have performed at various civic and private events in central and southwest Virginia.
Witcher Creek has also competed in local and regional Old-Time and Bluegrass Fiddler’s Conventions, placing 1st in the Old Time Band Category at the Maury River Fiddler’s Convention in June of this year.
They have performed on the radio on the “High Noon Ho-Down” on the AM radio station WSVA 800 in Crew, Virginia.
Witcher Creek likes to get the crowd involved in the show, and encourages the audience to dance and sing along with their “front porch picking music.”
“We mix it up with both singing and instrumental songs while throwing in a good story or joke or two,” said Connie Hensley, manager for Witcher Creek.
Hensley also plays guitar in the band. Ron Atkins plays fiddle; Jeff Aldrich plays the claw hammer banjo; Fritzy Atkins plays bass. All sing vocals, including Hensley’s husband, Gene, who runs the sound system for the group.
Witcher Creek and the Haymakertown Express have invited a few guest singers and pickers to stop by to join them, such as Alex and Noah Donahue, two boys from the Clearbrook area who opened the last Bluegrass Jamboree at Explore Park. The young men also performed on the washboard and washtub with Witcher Creek later in the evening. The band is bringing along the washboard and washtub again for the VFW benefit concert.