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Jammin’ Jelly Festival

Doug Smith's Dixieland Band: Gary Rixner, Trombone; Dr. Ed Kosmahl, Banjo & Vocals; Bobby Baird, Trumpet; Doug Smith, Bass; Ed Hudak, Drums; Tom Hamilton, Saxophone.

Our annual Jammin’ Jelly Festival was held at Peggy Bancroft Hall and Museum on Saturday, October 2. The Society hosted Doug Smith’s Dixieland All-Stars for an enjoyable afternoon of traditional jazz and up-tempo favorites, with each musician taking a solo in turn. Celeste Urban favored the audience with a delightful rendition of “I Want to be Happy.”

Ann Weidenman and Carla Smith at the Jammin’ Jelly Festival.

Our homemade jams and jellies proved popular once again. Society members prepared a selection of unique sweet and savory flavors from family recipes, using the bounty of our mountain land—peach, plum, wild blueberry, red currant, lemon watermelon, black currant, raspberry, strawberry and rhubarb, among others. Offered this year were small, fabric-lined gift baskets with the jams of your choice. Friends and neighbors, as well as visitors from afar, have highlighted this annual event on their fall calendars!

The museum buildings were open for tours, including the barn that houses our old farm equipment. Additions to the collection this year were a fanning mill and a hand-crank corn sheller, both important machines on local farms a century or more ago.