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Bluegrass in Atlanta
September 23, 2013, Story and slideshow By Nancy Saul, ATLANTA – Hickory Lane Campground at rural Atlanta was the site of the 2nd Annual Dan Tackett Bluegrass Jam over the weekend.
Tackett, who has been a part of the Central Illinois bluegrass music scene for more than 20 years, served as the host for the jam. Misty Bell and Hannah Bowersock, his daughter and granddaughter, were the planners. Nancy Vannoy helped with the coordination of events including the National Railsplitting Association.
The jam kicked off on Friday night with informal jams and stage time available for groups who wanted to perform. Tackett and his friends took over the stage for both Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon performances.
At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Bubbly Creek Bluegrass from Chicago presented a show.
Besides music, the campground had spaces for camping and pay-pond fishing. A food vendor was available on site and several people who usually participate in Lincoln’s annual Railsplitting Festival demonstrated the 1800s crafts of crocheting, spinning, bee keeping and the production of wooden spoons.
Several more vendors offered antiques and collectibles for purchase.
A silent auction was set up to raise funds for the 2014 Lincoln Railsplitting Festival.
Other groups represented included Lincoln’s Logan County Arts and Crafts Guild and Sign and Dine, an organization formed to raise awareness of hearing disorders.
Activities continued Sunday with a church service, more music and tomahawk throwing.
The first Dan Tackett Bluegrass Jam was held in 2012 in conjunction with the Railsplitting Festival at the Logan County Fairgrounds.
When the Railsplitting Association cancelled its annual festival this year, the jam was moved to Hickory Lane Campground.
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