Pickin’ n’ Eatin’ at Harmony Hall Plantation Village


By Erin Smith - erinsmith@civitasmedia.com



Erin Smith|Bladen Journal The Family Tradition joined musicians Jacob Lewis and Austin Bryan for the Pickin' and Eatin' at Harmony Hall Plantation Village Chapel in White Oak Saturday. While the weather outside was dreary, spirits inside the chapel were warm and laughter and music were the order for the evening. Pictured are Thelma Edge, George Dowd, Albert Rackley and Tinker Evans.


Erin Smith|Bladen Journal The Family Tradition joined musicians Jacob Lewis and Austin Bryan for the Pickin' and Eatin' at Harmony Hall Plantation Village Chapel in White Oak Saturday. While the weather outside was dreary, spirits inside the chapel were warm and laughter and music were the order for the evening. Pictured are Thelma Edge, George Dowd, Albert Rackley and Tinker Evans.


WHITE OAK — A rainy evening did not dampen spirits as folks gathered in the chapel at Harmony Hall Plantation Village for an evening of Pickin’ n’ Eatin’. The weather may have been dreary outside, but spirits were warm and laughter and music were the order of the evening.

The group The Family Tradition played a variety of both country and Gospel. The group consists of George Dowd, Thelma Edge, Albert Rackley and Tinker Evans. They were joined briefly by Jacob Lewis and Austin Bryan.

The group performed such gospel tunes as Sweet Bye and Bye, How Great Thou Art, and Will The Circle Be Unbroken as well as more familiar tunes. Edge said the group sings a lot of Gospel music at various churches, too.

Seth Lewis, president of Harmony Hall Plantation Village, said, “It’s a wonderful start. We’re very pleased.”

Sue Norris said, when asked what brought her out, she grew up at Lake Waccamaw and was familiar with the group.

“We love this group,” said Norris.

In addition to music, there was also a meal of barbecue, fried chicken mashed potatoes, and sweet potato pie.

Lewis said in an earlier interview the idea was inspired by a visit and his wife Phyllis had made to Carthage to the Manness Pottery and Music Barn. Lewis said that while there they experienced an evening of bluegrass music along with a meal.

Lewis explained that the general idea is for people to gather together, play music, eat and have great fellowship. Lewis said the event is aimed at both professional as well as amateur musicians.

He said in an earlier interview that the event in Carthage draws between 300 and 400 people each month. Lewis said there is a general interest in bluegrass music in Bladen County.

Erin Smith can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.

Erin Smith|Bladen Journal
The Family Tradition joined musicians Jacob Lewis and Austin Bryan for the Pickin’ and Eatin’ at Harmony Hall Plantation Village Chapel in White Oak Saturday. While the weather outside was dreary, spirits inside the chapel were warm and laughter and music were the order for the evening. Pictured are Thelma Edge, George Dowd, Albert Rackley and Tinker Evans.
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The Family Tradition joined musicians Jacob Lewis and Austin Bryan for the Pickin’ and Eatin’ at Harmony Hall Plantation Village Chapel in White Oak Saturday. While the weather outside was dreary, spirits inside the chapel were warm and laughter and music were the order for the evening. Pictured are Thelma Edge, George Dowd, Albert Rackley and Tinker Evans.

Erin Smith|Bladen Journal
The Family Tradition joined musicians Jacob Lewis and Austin Bryan for the Pickin’ and Eatin’ at Harmony Hall Plantation Village Chapel in White Oak Saturday. While the weather outside was dreary, spirits inside the chapel were warm and laughter and music were the order for the evening. Pictured are Thelma Edge, George Dowd, Albert Rackley and Tinker Evans.
http://bladenjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_HHPickinEatin2.jpgErin Smith|Bladen Journal
The Family Tradition joined musicians Jacob Lewis and Austin Bryan for the Pickin’ and Eatin’ at Harmony Hall Plantation Village Chapel in White Oak Saturday. While the weather outside was dreary, spirits inside the chapel were warm and laughter and music were the order for the evening. Pictured are Thelma Edge, George Dowd, Albert Rackley and Tinker Evans.

By Erin Smith

erinsmith@civitasmedia.com

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