Arts council to hold Junior Appalachian Musicians fund-raiser

The Haywood County Arts Council is hosting a barbecue supper from 4:30-6 p.m. and old-time community JAMboree from 6-8 p.m., May 19.

The event is a fund-raiser for the arts council’s Junior Appalachian Musicians after-school program. The supper tickets are $8 per adult and $5 per child. Community JAMboree tickets are $10 per adult and $5 per child. Advanced ticket purchase is strongly recommended.

The JAMboree will feature News Radio 570 AM’s John Roten as emcee, former state Sen. Joe Sam Queen as square dance caller, a Junior Appalachian Musicians showcase with students and JAM instructors, dancing by the J. Creek Cloggers, the Fines Creek Flatfooters, old-fashioned cake walks, and more.

The event is sponsored by Michael Gillespie, the Department of Social Services, OLDTOWN Bank, Smoky Mountain Folk Festival, the Fines Creek Community Association, Wells Fargo, and Blue Rooster Southern Grill.

The JAM program is in its 12th year in Haywood County and is offered as an after-school program for children in 4th grade and older. Children meet once a week at Canton Middle School to learn how to play old-time music on fiddle, guitar and banjo.

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