It’s Bluegrass for Newton Academy

The Newton Academy Restoration Committee is continuing its efforts to raise money for the repair and restoration of Newton Academy, the old Shoreham High School. The next events will include bluegrass music, refreshments and an art raffle.

Big Spike Bluegrass will perform at the Shoreham Elementary School on Saturday March 24th at 7:30 p.m. Bill Gaston on banjo, Kirk Lord on bass, Pete Langdell on guitar, Freeman Corey, Jr. (home-grown in Benson) on fiddle and Neil Rossi on Mandolin will keep your toes tapping. Big Spike feels that it’s not enough to just do their signature close harmony and impressive instrumental work to keep an audience interested. They feel strongly that it’s important to bring a sense of humor and enthusiasm to their music. As mandolinist Rossi says, “With as much practicing as we do, we still never think of this as work when we get up on stage. We’re having too much fun up there.”

Not to be outdone, Snake Mountain Bluegrass will perform at the Shoreham Elementary School on Friday April 20th at 7:30 p.m. You’ll recognize the familiar faces of Mike Connor (Shoreham) on banjo, Gregg Humphrey on guitar, Mike Boise on bass and Earle Provin on mandolin, guitar and national steel guitar. The great harmonies, old favorites, original tunes and the flying fingers of this band will keep you glued to your spot and begging for more. The fun begins the moment they step on stage and by the end of the performance the audience will wish the evening didn’t have to end.

Both Big Spike Bluegrass and Snake Mountain Bluegrass perform locally and regionally at clubs and festivals. The Newton Academy Restoration Committee is pleased to be able to present this level of entertainment to our community as a sample of the kinds of events we can hope to sponsor at Newton Academy in the future.

The doors will open at 7:00 p.m. on concert nights. Ticket prices are $10.00 each for adults and $6.00 each for students of all ages. Raffle tickets will be on sale for the art auction starting on March 24th. The raffle prizes which include a Reed Prescott, III print, a Doris Brisson painting and several original nature scene oil paintings, ready for framing, will be on exhibit. Shoreham hats, T-shirts and Newton Academy T-shirts will also be available for sale.

[Sue Peden, Newton Academy Restoration Committee]

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