The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

July 11, 2013

Music highlights Second Saturday at Blount-Bridgers House


TARBORO — “Second Saturdays” at the historic Blount-Bridgers House are back after a one-month hiatus. While Second Saturdays are normally held on the back lawn of the property, this Second Saturday will be held inside the house, from 9 a.m. until noon.

“It’s a community event, to get people off to a good start to their weekend,” said Carol Banks, events coordinator/ house manager for the Blount-Bridgers House. “People don’t have to be out in the hot weather.”

The focus of the Second Saturday is music and ties into the latest art exhibit at the house, featuring images of performing artists listed on the African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina, said Joyce Turner, executive director of Edgecombe County Cultural Arts Council.

“We thought that would be a nice backdrop for the performers that will be in the gallery,” Turner said. The musical performance in the Hobson Pittman Memorial Art Gallery is free.

Kristian Herring, founder of the Edgecombe County High School Gospel Choir, will sing two jazz pieces by Billie Holiday – “Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me” and “All or Nothing At All,” as well as an Italian aria number. The gospel choir will sing gospel and classical selections.

“Diversity is the key,” Herring always tells his choir students.

Jose Mosqueida of Tarboro will also sing. Mosqueida entertained crowds at the Happening on the Common in May.

The Hispanic youth program from First Baptist Church will offer brunch at a nominal fee for attendees.

Vendors will sell homemade wares at the event, everything from handbags and pottery to jams and jellies and jewelry, with proceeds going to Relay for Life. The Master Gardeners will have their plants on the porch of the house.

Second Saturdays are a longstanding tradition in communities statewide.

“We’re carrying on a tradition, which was first of all organized by the North Carolina Art Council, but now we’re doing it on our own,” Banks said. The last Second Saturday of the summer will be a back-to-school bash on Aug. 10.

For more information, please feel free to contact Edgecombe Arts at 823-4159 or by email at  The Blount-Bridgers House is located at 130 Bridgers St. in Tarboro.