What's News with Me & Martha

Oh my, we been busy and totally excited...

LURAY VIRGINIA ~ November 9, 2009
Luray City Council gives nod for the 50th Anniversary
Celebration of the first Bluegrass Festival
At the November 9, 2209 meeting, Luray City Council gave the approval to begin efforts to celebrate the 50 th Anniversary of the Bluegrass Festival. The first occasion referred to as a Bluegrass Festival was a one-day event held in Luray, Virginia July 4, 1961. The July 2011, 50 th celebration festival will be a collaborative effort by many individuals, businesses, educational institutions, state/local governments, arts organizations, musicians, artisans and tourism/travel associations. To name only a few these include: City of Luray, Luray/Page County Chamber of Commerce, Shenandoah Valley Travel Association, Shenandoah Valley Mountain Music Makers Association, and Luray Valley Museum and Gardens. The festival idea was first put forth by Don DePoy and Martha Hills who will also play major roles in the coordination and implementation of the event.


RICHMOND, VIRGINIA ~ November 9, 2009
Virginia Commission for the Arts adds local musicians
to roster of traditional folk music artists

Me & Martha , that is Don DePoy and Martha Hills, have been selected by the Virginia Commission for the Arts for their artist roster of traditional folk music artists in resident program. Me & Martha join the list of professional artists doing residencies in PreK-12 schools across Virginia. These artist are selected based on demonstrated professional expertise and credentials; quality of artistic expression; a comprehensive residency description; prior residency experience and experience working with children and students in a variety of educational settings.

The Virginia Commission for the Arts provides support for school/artist collaborations that foster increased quality arts experiences for children in Virginia schools. The Artist Roster includes architecture/design, crafts, dance, film/video, folk arts, music, poetry/fiction, theatre, and visual art. Artists must demonstrate extensive experience in their field(s) and a strong commitment to education.


Shenandoah Valley Mountain Music Makers Trail
takes a another step forward
The Mountain Music Makers Trail pulls together the rich history of the traditional music of the Shenandoah Valley, including bluegrass, old-time string band, American fiddle/banjo traditions, Appalachian folk songs, shape-note & scared harp, American southern gospel, and old-time country music. Don DePoy, Executive Director of SVMMMA stated today, “We envision that our Shenandoah Valley Music Makers Trail be in place and ready by early summer 2010. The web-site and printed materials (maps, rack cards, brochures, etc.) are currently in development and will be available early spring 2010.” The Trail covering 14 Counties, 12 Cities and 100+ towns/ municipalities will consist of multiple-loop driving excursions from Winchester to Roanoke highlighting historical places, current musical venues featuring mountain music and musicians whose lives have had significant impact on American music. The SVMMMT will have its grand opening in July 2011 to coincide with the 50 th anniversary celebration of the First Bluegrass Festival held in 1961at Luray, Virginia. Plans for opening the Shenandoah Valley Mountain Music Makers Heritage Center are in progress for a spring 2010 opening.


Also Check this out www.svmmma.org