Washington County celebrated the opening of “New Harmonies” with an amazing event at the Washington County Library in Chatom. People entered the library through a gigantic 10’ jute box, and the Smithsonian exhibition looks fantastic in the atrium of the library. The Sullivan Family and the Winky Hicks and Frontier Bluegrass Band played at the opening with the fastest pickin’ on the guitar and banjo that I’ve ever seen.
Washington County Museum developed their own local exhibitions, with photos and mementos of well-known local musicians, including the legendary Sullivan Family, who have been recognized internationally for 50 years of Bluegrass Gospel music and started in 1949 on Alabama radio. Spencer Ross, a blues musician, shared his collection of guitars. For the reception, Chatom had a decorated cake in the shape of a church on one side and a traditional porch cabin on the other end– cake pieces looked like piano keys.
Thanks goes to Jessica Ross, Barbara Waddell, their staff, volunteers and the entire community in Washington County for their great celebration of “New Harmonies.” The exhibition will remain in Chatom through Aug. 12. Check out AHF’s website for upcoming music events in Washington County.
Written by: Susan P.