Bluegrass Night At The Virginia Opry On December 30th

Covington, VA – Bill and Maggie Anderson, a nationally known bluegrass duet will headline a benefit concert at the Clifton Middle School’s Gleason Forum Hall on Friday, December 30th, 2011. Proceeds will benefit Anna Irvine, a nine-month old from Clifton Forge who suffers from a metabolic deficiency.

Non-profit Appalfolks of America and Health Occupations Students of America or HOSA have teamed up as co-sponsors of the benefit as part of the ongoing fundraising efforts for the daughter of Derek and Kathleen Anderson. HOSA has taken this on as a community-service project at the Jackson River Technical Center in Covington.

M. Ray Allen, founder and president of Appalfolks, says they have organized the event as “Bluegrass Night at the Virginia Opry, the longest running county music show in the Allegheny Highlands.” The Opry was established in 1992 as an outreach program for the Appalfolks organization and has had many successful events at the historic Masonic theater in Clifton Forge.

Bill Anderson is a vocalist and instrument maker. Maggie Anderson plays the dulcimer, autoharp, and dobro. Originally from New York state, they moved to Galax to be close to the Blue Ridge Music Center. In addition to Bill and Maggie Anderson, local musician Barbra Laslo will also perform on the bowed psaltery.

Tickets are $10.00 and all of the proceeds will be donated to the family for Anna’s medical expenses. Tickets are available at The Shoe Box and Sports Center in Covington, Heirlooms of Clifton Forge, and the Buckhorne Country Store and Campground near Douthat State Park. For more information, call 540-862-4502. The concert is Friday, December 30th at 7pm at the Clifton Middle School Gleason Forum Hall in Covington, Va.

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Heather Niday

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