February 26, 2014
BIG STONE GAP, Va. — The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park will host its First Saturday Community Coffee House on Saturday, from 7- 9 p.m.
Poplar Hill Reunion will serve as the featured host for this month’s Coffee House.
A love of traditional old-time music led several individuals of Poplar Hill Reunion to Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap, Va. where they studied the claw hammer banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin and upright bass. Eventually, they came together in the string band class offered by the college where they developed a lasting friendship with other musicians. Later, this group of friends began meeting for weekly “reunions” on top of the Poplar Hill area in Big Stone Gap to jam and enjoy fellowship with a pot of coffee.
The music of Poplar Hill Reunion is a unique blend of old time, bluegrass, and more with several songs being original compositions written by Joey O’Quinn, Larry Mullins, and Beth Miller. They feature a variety of instruments, including the guitar, autoharp, dulcimer, banjo, upright bass, mandolin, fiddle, and bowed psaltery. Poplar Hill Reunion continues to enjoy weekly practice sessions (jams) where the bonding of friendships has strengthened their pursuit of proudly “Keeping the Tradition Alive.”
The First Saturday Community Coffee House is an open-mic event and is open to all family-friendly performers. All interested musicians, storytellers, and poets should arrive by 6:30 p.m. for sign-up and scheduling. Admission is free to this program. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
For more information, contact the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park at 276-523-1322.