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OLIVE HILL, Ky. – Carter Caves State Resort Park will host the annual Fraley Mountain Music Gatherin’ for the 41st year from Sept. 7-10.

The festival that began as a family reunion honors old-time music and eastern Kentucky traditions as well as master fiddler J.P. Fraley, who died earlier this year. Musicians will be jamming in parking lots and sharing music around the campfires of Carter Caves State Resort Park. Musical instruments such as dulcimer, fiddle and guitar are used to tell stories about life long ago in the eastern Kentucky foothills.

J.P. FRALEYJ.P. FRALEYOn Wednesday, Sept. 7, there will be a free “Jamming in the Round” get-together in the campground starting at 8 p.m. On Thursday, Sept. 8, starting at 7 p.m., enjoy an open stage concert in the park’s amphitheater.

At 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, the amphitheater will come to life with an open stage, a banjo gathering and a dulcimer gathering.  Friday’s activities will be capped with a 7 p.m. concert in the amphitheater. There will also be a dedication ceremony at the beginning of the concert to honor the late J.P. and Annadeene Fraley.

Starting Saturday morning, Sept. 10, the amphitheater will resound with sessions devoted to ballads, storytelling, and Carter Family songs, and conclude with a fiddle gathering and guitar gathering. Saturday night’s concert in the amphitheater begins at 7 p.m.

Paid admission is required for concerts and jam sessions Friday afternoon through Saturday night. Fees range from $4 to $10. A festival pass for all programs costs $25 per person. The Friends of Carter Caves will be providing refreshments during the event.

For more information, including a list of invited musicians, contact Coy Ainsley at 606-286-4411 x2543 or festival organizer Barb Kuhns at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit the festival website atwww.fraleyfestival.com.

Carter Caves State Resort Park features a lodge, vacation cottages, RV campsites and primitive campsites. The lodge restaurant offers a variety of food for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. There’s also hiking, golf, mini-golf, fishing, horseback riding and swimming. The park is located in northeastern Kentucky, 4 miles off Interstate 64 between Grayson and Olive Hill (exit 161).

 

 

GREENUP, Ky. – Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, in partnership with Paramount Arts Center, proudly presents “Footloose” The Musical on Aug. 27.

This musical, made popular by the 1984 movie, tells a story about a teenager from Chicago who finds himself at odds with the community inBeaumont over a law that prohibits dancing.

Admission is $10 per person and concessions will be available. The show starts at 7 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to the Greenbo Lake Amphitheatre for an evening fun and music.

Greenbo Lake State Resort Park is on KY 1, 18 miles north of I-64 from the Grayson exit or 8 miles south of U.S. 23, the Country Music Highway on KY 1. Greenbo Lake features the Jesse Stuart Lodge with 36 rooms, convention center and Anglers’ Cove Restaurant. The park has a 225-acre lake for boating and fishing, tennis courts, 25 miles of multi-use trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The campground is open April 1 through Oct. 31. Greenbo amphitheatre features musical concerts and plays during the summer and fall.

Stephanie Poplin 
606-473-7324 or 800-325-0083

 

From the Heart ...


By Betty Music Branham

 

 

THE SHADOW OF A GREAT MAN

 

What happens to the shadow of a great man when he's gone?

Does it travel with his spirit into the great beyond?

Does it stay around close by us to make sure that we're ok;

That we can go on without them, before it goes on it's way?

 

I know that you tried to prepare me

So that I would know what to do;

We decided you'd rest in the countryside,

Reserving my place next to you;

We talked of the day that was coming,

when you'd have to tell me goodbye;

How I'd have to walk through life alone,

until one day beside you I'd lie.

 

I tried to determine that I would be strong,

That our children could lean upon me;

But when God took you to Heaven that day;

How I'd go on, I just couldn't see.

I was angry at God and sooooo angry at you,

Oh how could you do this to me?

But in a quiet voice you both whispered,

This was God's plan...It has to be!

 

A shadow could be a great comfort

if it's watching over me;

And it could surely be a friend,

if it's purpose my welfare should be.

If it gently brushes my cheek at night

to help me to fall asleep,

if it goes on showering me with love

when my sad lonely heart would weep.

So please send your shadow to spend time with me

that the ache in my Soul may be less for a while

Bring a sense of the love I thought always would be

As I remember your face and the warmth of your smile.

 

I thought I caught sight of your shadow today

as I sat beneath the trees,

It played hide and seek with the sunbeams

that warmed my shoulders and knees.

I felt a sense of contentment that...

for a long time I had not known;

Because my heart was so saddened

when all at once you were gone.

I'll treasure the memory of the time that we shared,

The knowledge that you surely loved me;

The hurdles we mastered, the hills that we climbed

for the golden last sunsets we wanted to see.

Your spirit will know that content I will be

as I finish the things I have yet left to do;

Then your shadow can rest alongside of your soul

and know that I've always loved you.

 

Betty Music - 2003.

 



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