Exhibit opening draws a large crowd

Thursday, June 24, 2010
Smithsonian exhibit opens Democrat Photo A large crowd attended the opening of the New Harmonies exhibit at the Barry County Museum in Cassville on June 18. In the photo above, docent Leland May leads a group of attendees through the Smithsonian Institute's display.

Over 100 community members visited the Barry County Museum in Cassville for the opening of the Smithsonian Institute's Museum on Main Street "New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music" exhibit on June 18.

Attendees enjoyed touring the 800-square-foot free-standing display, which offers a selection of photographs, recordings, instruments, lyrics and artist profiles. The exhibit traces the history of American music through a variety of genres, including blues, country and western, folk, gospel, zydeco, tejano, bluegrass and klezmer.

Community members attending the event also enjoyed viewing a variety of exhibits that museum staff members constructed to complement the Smithsonian display. These exhibits focus on an assortment of local artists, entertainers and groups, including Red Perriman, Ralph Hilburn, Dale Reed and HomeTown Sound and the RedHots.

The complementary exhibits also feature items that have been loaned by local community members and displays that showcase local music events, such as the Golden Fiddlers' Contest and the McDowell Golden Jubilee.

On Saturday and Sunday, museum visitors also had the opportunity to enjoy performances by Eddie Bowman, Al Brumley, Jr., Mike and Nancee Micham, Ron Radford, the Kevin Phillips Family and the Denny Wolf Family.

This weekend, the Barry County Museum and New Harmonies Committee will offer several more musical performances.

The Cassville High School choirs will perform from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and The Camp Followers will entertain audience members from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 25.

Glory Bound will take the stage at the museum at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Local favorites HomeTown Sound and The RedHots will also entertain attendees on Saturday night. The band will perform at 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

A two-hour gospel show will be offered at the museum on Sunday, June 27. Wayne Hendrix and Morningstar Gospel will perform from 2 to 4 p.m.

Musical entertainment will be offered at the museum each Friday and Saturday through July 31. Performances are not scheduled for July 3 or 4. The museum will also offer informances each Tuesday and children's programs each Thursday through July 29.

Next week, Greg Beck, HomeTown Sound and The RedHots director will entertain children from 10 to 11 a.m. on July 1, and Dan Harbaugh, Cassville Middle School band director, will offer an informance from noon to 1 p.m. on June 29.

The New Harmonies exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission to the exhibit, all musical performances, informances and children's programs is free, and all community members are invited to attend. Individuals who attend any of the musical performances are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

The Barry County Museum is located on Highway 112 in Cassville.

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  • I grew up knowing the Periman family in Mano, Mo. I gave Red my fiddle when I was 15 years old. I knew I would never be able to play it like Red could. My father traded a fox hound for it from a man named Shrum, the fiddle has an "S" engraved on the neck. My mother kept me informed of Red's competition wins while I lived in California all those years, He won six Mo. state contests with that fiddle I've been told. I'm very glad that I gave it to him back then in 1953. Curtis C. Risley

    -- Posted by Curtis C. Risley on Sat, Jun 26, 2010, at 11:12 AM
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