BIG STONE GAP, Va. — The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park will host its next event in the weekly “Lunch on the Lawn” series July 18 at noon, featuring Poplar Hill Reunion.
A love of traditional old time music led several individuals to Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap, Va. where they sought to learn to play the clawhammer 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. Their instruments include the guitar, autoharp, dulcimer, banjo, upright bass, mandolin, fiddle and bowed psaltery.
The “Lunch on the Lawn” event is free and open to the public. Visitors may bring their own lunch or pre-order one from the Museum for $5 each. This week’s featured menu is chicken salad croissants with celery and carrot sticks with dip, dessert and choice of beverage. Orders must be made in advance by 4 p.m. each Thursday by calling the museum at 276-523-1322.