Updated Fri, Jun 6, 2014 2:11 pm
Country Jubilee (photo provided)
Music will fill the air again in Worthington Park this summer. Friday night will see the launch of the 22nd year of Music in the Park. The activity will start in Worthington Park at 7 p.m.
Every Friday, a different band will perform, with the exception of the Friday, June 13, which is the Washboard Music Festival.
Entertainment is as follows:
June 6 – Country Jubilee
June 20 – Second Chance Bluegrass
June 27 – Back Porch Swing
July 4 – Open Highway
July 11 – New Jean Band
July 18 – Hickory Wind
July 25 – Mike Sigler & Nashville North
Aug. 1 – Hocking County Bluegrass Boys
Aug. 8 – Crimson River
Aug. 15 – Cedar Hill Bluegrass
Aug. 22 – Persuaded
John and Gayle Graham have run Music in the Park the last three years. They took over leadership when Darrell and Audie Wyckle retired the position. The Grahams are looking for someone to join the leadership team and help with raising funds, booking bands, printing programs and making signs.
In addition to enjoying music, the public can contribute to local causes through donations for food and drink. Gayle Graham operates a coffee stand; coffee proceeds go to Special Friends of Hocking County, a mentoring program for youth.
Hocking Hills Inspire Shelter runs a food booth, offering hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza and the like. Food proceeds go to the homeless shelter.
Attendance averages 225. Two separate years, numbers skyrocketed when the Little Roy and Lizzie Show drew close to 400 spectators.
“They really filled the park,” Graham said.
The band is not on this summer’s schedule, but Graham hopes to bring them back next year.
Most evenings will showcase talent from Hocking and neighboring counties. Opening the 11-week summer music series is the Country Jubilee Band.
This performance will be a reunion tour for Country Jubilee, a regrouping of band members who have run their own shows, but have not performed together regularly for several years.
For eight years, Country Jubilee performed a monthly show similar to the Grand Ole Opry. Their final performance was held at the Scenic Hills Senior Center.
Local band members include Audie (lead guitarist and vocalist), Darrell and Rhonda Wykle and Roger (vocalist and drummer) and Vicki Hedges.
Other members include vocalist Lynda Lou, of Somerset; vocalist Susan Lachman, of New Marshfield, once a Logan resident; Leonard Bick, of Washington Court House, on steel guitar; and Crimson River Southern Gospel band member DJ Sigler, on bass guitar and vocals; and Donna McCoy and Curt Guisinger, both of New Lexington.