Season’s first ‘Lunch on the Lawn’ planned

June 3, 2014

BIG STONE GAP, Va. — The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park will host its first event in this year’s “Lunch on the Lawn” series June 6, at noon, featuring Rhodyjane Meadows.

Inspired by her surroundings and encouraged by a supportive community, Rhodyjane sings and plays with the old-time string band T.V. Barnett and His Roan Mountain Moonshiners and the all-girl “Celtalachian” band Thistle Dew, teaches individuals and groups how to play a wide variety of stringed instruments, creates community enrichment programs, and writes songs and murder mysteries. Rhodyjane plays and teaches most anything with strings: Appalachian autoharp and lap dulcimer, Celtic harp, Carter-style guitar, clawhammer banjo, doghouse bass, piano and shape-note singing.

Rhodyjane earned a master’s degree in Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., where she formerly served as an adjunct instructor and a featured presenter at the Appalachian Cultural Museum. She has an extensive background in public education, having taught pre-school through college and everything in-between. She originated the Mountain Music program at the Avery Campus of Mayland Community College in Newland, N.C. and teaches “Arts and Life” classes to Nursing and Criminal Justice students through Lees-McRae College. Rhodyjane provides Artist-in-Residence programs in mountain music and storytelling for public and private schools and is honored to be sponsored by the Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation.

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 a turkey BLT wrap with fruit, dessert and choice of beverage. Orders must be made in advance by 4 p.m. each Thursday by calling the park at 276-523-1322.