Chamber to host fish fry, music in Rock Creek Park

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce has planned a big event in Rock Creek Park for Saturday, April 12.

Russell Catering Service will be preparing a fish fry with all the trimmings, including their wonderful pies, and there will be four bands to play and entertain what they hope will be a large crowd.

The first band on the list is the Mid-South Bluegrass Band. Howard Scruggs, guitar, Ped Scruggs, fiddle, W.C. McCandless, bass, and Lewisburg native Melvin Willoughby, banjo, play bluegrass and old time music, with some comedy thrown in. The group has been playing at festivals all over the mid-South, and will have CD's and tapes for sale.

The Edmons family present bluegrass festivals in June and August at their farm, Edmons Music Park, in Pikeville. The six of them play an array of traditional and gospel bluegrass music, and appear at festivals, fairs and other community activities.

Some readers may already be familiar with local band Alliance that has been around for 25 years or so. Danny Haislip, one of its members, is very busy starting a new job, so the other three -- Clay and Andy Derryberry and Randal Jones -- have formed Three Shades of Gray to play a softer type of sound, with guitars but no drums. They blend country, pop, and some of their own creations into a well-rounded show. Appearing with them will be talented and versatile guitarist Mike Mosier.

Last, but definitely not least, is our great local group Us Two and Him. Phil Comstock is the "him"; "us two" are the Rickman brothers, John and Jim. They all grew up and went to the Methodist church in Chapel Hill together and have been making music for more than 35 years, and, as Comstock says, "we're like brothers."

The concert in Rock Creek Park is a rare opportunity for the public to hear their brand of music and humor because Us Two and Him specialize in banquet entertainment, performing at trade shows, conventions and the like.

It's free if you just want to bring a chair and listen to the music, which starts at 4 p.m., but surely you'll want to eat as well. Serving starts at 4:30 p.m. and goes on until 7 p.m. You can pay $10 for one plate, or get a family of four special for $25 (2 fish plates and 2 hot dog plates). There's even drive-through service available. If you don't want to stand in line to pay for your meal ticket, go by the Chamber of Commerce at 227 2nd Avenue North, Lewisburg, and buy it ahead of time.

Funds raised from this event will go towards paying for the "Relocation Packages" that the Chamber of Commerce sends out to individuals or companies that inquire about moving to Lewisburg or Marshall County. For more information call the Chamber at 359-3863.

The Chamber's next fund-raising event this spring is the 4th Annual Nine and Dine golf outing at Saddle Creek Golf Club, Friday, May 2. This is not so much a tournament as it is a friendly social event for teams of four golfers.

Each team must be sponsored by a Chamber of Commerce member business, and the entry fee is $150 per team. The format is a four-man scramble, beginning with a shotgun start at 3 p.m. When all the teams are finished playing, there will be a casual, picnic-style dinner in the clubhouse and the trophies for the best score will be awarded. There are two trophies, one for the team with the best score on the front nine, the other for the best score on the back nine. The trophies go on display at the businesses that sponsored the winning teams until the Nine and Dine next year.

Last year 23 teams played, and organizer Tommy Bowles expects at least as many this time. Call him at 270-6006 for more information.