(Posted Oct. 15, 2018)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
The Madison County Historical Society and the London Visual Arts Guild are making a habit of putting on an entertaining and delicious evening of music and food.
For the third year in a row, the two organizations are hosting Bluegrass & BBQ. This year’s event takes place on Oct. 27 in the Della Selsor Building at the Madison County Fairgrounds, 205 Elm St., London. Doors open at 5 p.m. The opening act, singer-songwriter Michael Boyle, will perform old country music and some bluegrass from 6 to 7 p.m. The headliner, Strung Up Bluegrass Band, takes the spotlight from 7 to 9 p.m.
Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Phat Daddy’s Pizza, 15 E. First St., London, or Gallery On High, 5 E. High St., London, or from any Historical Society or Arts Guild member. Meals are $5 and include a barbecue sandwich, chips and a cookie.
“We had a full house the past two years. We have Strung Up Bluegrass Band back again this year. They have been well received. They play all around here,” said Jim Donohoe, a member of both the Historical Society and the Arts Guild.
Proceeds from the event benefit both groups.
The Arts Guild operates Gallery On High and Studio 7 on High Street in London. The organization promotes art and art education through exhibits, classes, workshops, outreach programs and social activities. Area artists are welcome to work on their craft during open studio hours. Through Oct. 28, the photography of local resident Bob Rea is on exhibit at the gallery.
The guild relies on membership dues, donations and fundraisers to cover facility maintenance costs, utility bills, equipment and supply purchases, college scholarships, and scholarships that allow area children to take classes at the studio. For more information, go to londonvisualartsguild.org.
The Madison County Historical Society, 260 E. High St., London, offers the public a chance to take a trip through the county’s past with museum tours, pioneer camps, school visits and special events. In addition to the museum, the grounds feature a caboose, one-room school house, early settler Jonathan Alder’s log cabin, and a two-story log house.
Like the Arts Guild, the Historical Society relies on memberships, donations and fundraisers to operate and maintain its facilities and programs. The museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays and Wednesdays. For more information, call (740) 852-2977.