Concert to benefit Ozark Folk Center

Bluegrass musicians will gather at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, to perform at the James Clark Auditorium at Conway High School.

This “Ozark Pickin’ & Singin’” event is a family-friendly concert that will benefit educational programs at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View. It is sponsored by the Committee of One Hundred (COOH), a statewide volunteer organization that supports the folk center, America’s only park facility that works to preserve Ozark Mountain heritage and share it in an entertaining way. Faulkner County members of COOH are Charlotte Nabholz, Barbara Satterfield and Becky Townsell.

Tickets are purchased at the door, which opens at 7 p.m. for general seating at $10 a person, with no charge for children under 12. The concert features sing-alongs and performances by five Arkansas bluegrass groups: Front Porch Jubilee, The Leatherwoods, Harmony, Clancey Ferguson and the Rag Tag Band and the Possum Juice Band, which includes youth musicians who have participated in the Stone County School District program, Music Roots. Local in-kind support for the concert includes Kroger Stores, Little Caesars and Pizza Inn.

COOH supports educational programs at the Ozark Folk Center, including the Heritage Herb Garden, Craft Village Artisans and Music Roots, a program that provides in-school instruction and acoustic instruments for Stone County students in the fourth through 12th grades. The purpose of the program is to preserve Ozark Mountain music. The goal of the concert is to feature this style of music and Arkansas’ Ozark music heritage for the Conway community. The Faulkner County members of the COOH have made it possible for all Conway school music teachers to receive two complimentary tickets to the concert, and for Conway elementary and middle schools to distribute 120 complimentary tickets each to student families.

“The concert gives young people an opportunity to experience one entertaining aspect of their Arkansas heritage,” said concert organizer Barbara Satterfield. “We hope it will inspire them to learn more about Arkansas history, music and Arkansas State Parks — all good for all families all the time.”