BIG STONE GAP, Va. — The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park will host its weekly “Lunch on the Lawn” series at noon on July 17, featuring Poplar Hill Reunion.
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 learned to play the clawhammer banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin and upright bass. Eventually, they joined the string band class offered by the college where they developed lasting friendships with other musicians. Later, this group of friends enjoyed weekly “reunions” on top of the Poplar Hill area of 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. Poplar Hill Reunion continues to enjoy weekly practice sessions where the bonding of friendships has strengthened their pursuit of proudly “keeping the tradition alive.”
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 park for $5each. This week’s featured menu is barbecue on a bun, slaw, chips, 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.