The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

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July 1, 2011

Old-Fashioned market day next Saturday

PRINCEVILLE — Edgecombe Arts will join 37 museums and historic sites of the state Department of Cultural Resources in presenting a varied mix of events in the second year of the department’s popular “2nd Saturdays” summer program.

Dates for Tarboro’s participation are July 9 and Aug.13, with an old-fashioned “Market Day” theme.   

“The department’s 2nd Saturdays program offers families lots of fun things to do, whether they are making a day trip, or as part of a longer vacation,” said Cultural Resources Secretary Linda A. Carlisle. “Although Tarboro is not an official state site, we’re glad that their local arts council has asked permission to piggy-back with us. It’s a great way for folks to see some local heritage.”

Many of the state’s historic sites will feature costumed re-enactors who step out of the pages of history into today. In many rural counties, the state historic site or museum is a main tourist destination.  Most events are free.

The inaugural 2nd Saturdays program last summer brought increased visitation by 50 percent overall and involved more than 600 artists who sold their work – potters, weavers, photographers, painters, metalworkers, papermakers, jewelers – as well as farmers with produce or value-added products such as honey, goat cheese, soy candle makers or baked goods.

Tarboro’s event will be on the grounds of the historic Blount-Bridgers House starting at 8:30 in the morning and lasting until 1:30 in the afternoon. Food vendors will begin serving breakfast sandwiches at first and have lunch until 1:30p.m.  Other vendors will set up to show and sell their wares that include fresh farm produce, fruits and cut flowers, dairy and meats.

Most of the James Bulluck family will be coming to show off the varied products available at their new business, Tarboro’s own Blazen Cattle Co. just like the old- fashioned butcher shop, on Howard Avenue Extension.

“We make our own sausage in our butcher shop, too. We raise our own lambs, goats and cows. Our pork comes from a local farmer. We believe in supporting local grown farmers in our area," Bulluck said.

Most of the regular vendors at the Tarboro-Edgecombe Farmers Market will be participating.

Other Bulluck family members will be baking breads, gathering fresh eggs, weaving baskets, making homemade soaps. They’re bringing some livestock to give the kids some excitement and will be spinning angora yarn from their own goats.

"It sounds like a real family affair and we’re so glad that the Bullucks are willing to participate,” said event coordinator Carol Banks. “They have put us in touch with many other interesting market day participants, a local winery from Whitakers, a beekeeper from Princeville ...  "

Children’s activities are planned and will include old-fashioned games, live farm animals to pet and an old horse-drawn firetruck, ca early 1900s.

Live music will featuring Southbound Express bluegrass and gospel group from Rocky Mount and other nearby towns. The music will start around 10 a.m. and the group will play a few sets to keep the event lively.

“We have been encouraged to offer more family-friendly events here on the grounds and this theme is what most of our neighboring historic sites are offering,” said Buddy Hooks, Arts Council executive director Buddy Hooks.

Southbound Express was formed in the early 1980s by Tommy Daughtridge, the only original member. Early on the group played at church socials, civic organizations and special events around the area. They have played festivals.

They have opened for the Osborne Brothers, Rhonda Vincent, James King Band and Lost and Found.

The present members of the group have combined to form a solid bluegrass sound. Eddie McDaris does lead singing, vocal harmony and plays upright bass.  Rick Privette on mandolin has his own style of picking and assists in lead and vocal harmonies. George Stewart comes to the group with his crisp sound on the banjo. Larry Taylor and James Brown, formerly of Triangle Bluegrass Boys, combine their many talents of Larry on guitar and vocals, while James shows his love for bluegrass on the dobro, mandolin and banjo plus harmony vocals.

They also enjoy progressing into a contemporary style of bluegrass in an effort to please an expanding audience. Southbound Express currently has two published CDs, "First Time Around" and "Let’s Just Pretend" that are available for purchase.

Edgecombe Arts was fortunate in getting some funding from the NC Community Foundation’s Edgecombe Fund to present this first-ever Market Day program and also a similar event August 13,  Hooks said.

“If it turns out that August is going to be too hot, and there’s a drought, we’ll move that event over to October,” Hooks said.

The event is free and the public is invited. For further details, call 823-4159.

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