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2005 Pioneer Days at Clinton Nature Preserve

Annual Douglas County Bluegrass Concert Saturday Night (Oct 15-16, 2005)

Author: SEBA Board of Directors (Oct 11, 2005)

The Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County is pleased to present Pioneer Days at Clinton
Nature Preserve on Saturday, October 15th, from 10 a..m. until 5 p.m., and Sunday, October 16th, 1 until
5 p.m. Celebrating the early history of Douglas County, this fall family festival is co-sponsored by
the Douglas County Department of Parks and Recreation. This year on Saturday evening from 6 until 9 p.m.,
the Arts Council will partner again with the Southeastern Bluegrass Association to present its Annual
Bluegrass Concert featuring music by Bluegrass Five from Carrollton, Peachtree Station (Atlanta), and
Cedar Hill (Marietta). On Friday evening the Douglas County Cowboy Poets offer a special free festival
preview with cow camp cooking and cowboy poetry at Clinton Nature Preserve for festival participants
and the general public.



On Saturday and Sunday, activities include local artisans who will demonstrate china painting, basket
weaving, beekeeping, chair caning, papermaking, quilting and woodturning. The festival stage will present
performances by local musicians and dancers, school choruses, and Reptile Man. The Douglas County 4-H
Club will offer pony rides. The Girl Scouts will present a petting zoo. The Douglas County Department
of Parks and Recreation will coordinate pioneer games like sack races and hay bale rolling contests along
with other children?s activities. Sunday activities feature performances by Gospel and Bluegrass Gospel
groups including Bluegrass Sound, Third Heaven, and the Three Believers. Williamson Brothers Barbecue
will be on hand to serve barbecue and picnic lunches for festival participants on Saturday. Admission
to the 2005 Pioneer Days is free with a $5 parking fee per vehicle ($4 for CAC and Southeastern Bluegrass
Association members)
. Admission is free to all musicians bringing traditional instruments.



The annual Douglas County Bluegrass Concert is presented by the Cultural Arts Council in partnership
with Southeastern Bluegrass Association, a non-profit organization of fans, musicians and friends of
traditional bluegrass music. SEBA has organized an evening of toe-tapping music by some of the finest
bluegrass musicians around for what we hope is becoming a new Douglas County tradition of outdoor concerts
at Clinton Nature Preserve. The Bluegrass Five from Carrollton features two of West Georgia?s most well-respected
traditional country musicians J.N. and Onie Baxter who began performing together after they married in
1954, and its five-string banjo player Joe Will McGuire is widely known as first banjo player in Carroll
County to use finger picks. Peachtree Station, showcasing the seasoned talents of Joe Stratton on Mandolin,
Melody Armstrong (Bass), Tom Mendenhall (Guitar), Tim Higgins (Fiddle), and Scott Woody (Banjo), is one
of the most exciting bluegrass bands in Georgia, performing regularly at The RedLight Caf? in Atlanta
and regional festivals. Cedar Hill (Marietta) includes Jim Adkins on Banjo, Bob MacIsaac (Guitar), Fred
MacIsaac (Bass), and Brad Laird (Mandolin) and has rightfully earned the title of Georgia?s most entertaining
bluegrass band. Concert admission is $10 to the general public ($8 for CAC and SEBA members).



Located off Ephesus Church Road in Winston, Georgia, the Clinton Nature Preserve is operated and maintained
by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners. The farm property was given to Douglas County by Miss Annie
Clinton in her will to establish a Nature Preserve in memory of her family for the use of the people
of Douglas County. The Clinton Nature Preserve includes more than 200 acres of pasture and woodlands,
streams and a small lake, riding and walking trails, picnic areas, and other amenities. Clinton Nature
Preserve is also the home of the oldest known building in the county (and one of the oldest dwellings
in the entire metro Atlanta area); Carnes Cabin was erected before the Civil War by Miss Clinton?s ancestors
and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A small historical museum open to the public
now occupies a portion of the Clinton family home.



Directions to the Clinton Nature Preserve & Pioneer Days -- Take Interstate
20 to Post Road (exit 30) about 30 miles west of Atlanta. Turn South on Post Road about 1 mile to the
first road on right; turn west on Ephesus Church Road about 1 mile to Ephesus Baptist Church. Clinton
Nature Preserve will be on the right. For more information, contact the Cultural Arts Council at 770-949-2787
or visit our web site, www.artsdouglas.org.



PIONEER DAYS CONCERT SCHEDULE, Saturday, October 15th




















4 - 6 p.m. Open Stage
6 ? 6:45 p.m. Bluegrass Five of Carrollton
6:45 - 7:30 p.m. Peachtree Station of Atlanta
7:30 ? 9 p.m. Cedar Hill of Marietta





Bluegrass Five



Steeped in country music traditions, J.N. and Onie have been singing and playing music together since
they married in 1954. They formed their first group, the Bluegrass Five, in 1963. Through performances
at venues ranging from radio stations and church gatherings to the governor's mansion and numerous bluegrass
festivals, the Baxters have built an enviable reputation as consummate entertainers and musical torchbearers.
Their names have become synonymous with bluegrass music in west Georgia.



In recognition of their talents and achievements, J.N. and Onie were inducted into the Atlanta Country
Music Hall of Honor in 1998 and the Hall of Fame in 2001. The couple were the subject of a feature article
in the November, 2002 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine.



Their daughter Jane Baxter joined J.N. and Onie on-stage playing stand-up bass along with Joe Will McGuire
on five-string banjo. An original member of the Bluegrass Five, McGuire is widely credited as the first
banjo player in Carroll County to use finger picks. He began playing and recording informally with the
Baxters in the 1950s and has remained active in bluegrass ever since.



Peachtree Station



One of the most exciting bluegrass bands in Georgia, Peachtree Station performs regularly at the Red
Light Caf? in Atlanta and at many regional festivals. Most of its members were formerly in Steel Blue,
a group that opened for Blue Highway, The Sam Bush Band, Lonesome River Band, The John Cowan Band, and
Claire Lynch and The Front Porch String Band
. Peachtree Station?s music offers traditional and contemporary
bluegrass with influences of newgrass, folk and rock.



While the band's foundation is in traditional bluegrass, you are just as likely to hear improvised progressive
music from this talented group of musicians. All are veterans, each having more than 20 years of performing
experience, and together they are a very solid bluegrass band with exciting instrumentation, great vocals
and tight harmonies.



Cedar Hill



Cedar Hill proclaims itself the seventh best bluegrass band in the United States and has rightfully earned
a reputation as Atlanta's MOST ENTERTAINING bluegrass band. Bluegrass Unlimited magazine called Cedar
Hill "the fun bunch of the genre." Performing since 1976, Cedar Hill has the remarkable track record
of NEVER being rained on at an outdoor, paying gig. For this reason, Cedar Hill is often booked strictly
as a good luck weather charm, especially during the summer thunderstorm season.



Cedar Hill has performed their brand of bluegrass entertainment at many venues, clubs, conventions, concerts,
festivals, private parties, and special events around the Southeast. Cedar Hill was not nominated for
a Grammy in 1995. They were voted "Favorite Entertainers" for five consecutive years at the McIntosh
Amphitheater in Peachtree City, Georgia. They have the plastic trophies to prove it. The group has been
called upon to perform at many of Atlanta's premier events including the Coca-Cola Centennial, the 1996
Olympics (Underground Atlanta), and Peach Bowl Presidential Balls. Cedar Hill has opened for many national
acts (such as Doc Watson, Leon Russell, Phish) at local concert venues such as Lakewood Amphitheatre
and the Variety Playhouse.



Cedar Hill has five members. Jim "Duck" Adkins plays his Gibson Mastertone banjo in a style reminiscent
of Bela Fleck's imitation of Uncle Dave Macon. Nobody says anything bad about guitarist "Wild Bob" MacIsaac
and the sounds he squeezes from his '51 Martin D-28. Brother Fred MacIsaac brings new meaning to the
term doghouse bass with his 60 year old Kay. After mastering the "slap" he has progressed and expanded
his style to include the "plunk" and the "thump." "Ranger" Brad Laird, has recently made forays into
experimental slide mandolin playing and claims to own Duane's Coricidin bottle, though he has only been
seen with a Craftsman deep well socket. His '85 Flatiron F-5 Artist mandolin has steadily increased in
value and now has its own listing on NASDAQ. "Diamond" Ellis does double duty as fiddle Dobro player.
David is the youngest member of the group. All of the members sing and produce blended harmonies characteristic
of the great bluegrass music, barbershop, gospel quartets, and other styles of music they incorporate
into their sound.
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