Michelle Justice's dream is about to come true. She's been working to bring a bluegrass festival to Columbus and the Midland Bluegrass Reunion is scheduled for Sunday.
It'll be at the Lake Pines Event Center, 6404 Garrett Road in Midland.
The day begins at 11 a.m. with a bluegrass gospel worship service in the Chapel at Lake Pines. It's free.
The gate opens at noon and music starts at 1 p.m.
Opening the festival is Lard Bucket, a comedian at noon. Grass Backardz performs at 1 p.m.; Eastwind Bluegrass at 2 p.m.; the Justice Family Band at 3 p.m.; Barbwire at 4 p.m. and Don Rigsby and Midnight Call close the festival.
Rigsby, who was with the Lonesome River Band, is one of Ricky Skaggs' cousins.
Michelle said his bluegrass pedigree is of the highest.
If this year's festival is a hit, she's hoping that in 2013, the Midland Bluegrass Reunion will be a two-day event.
And if you want to spend the night Saturday to be up early for the music on Sunday, Lake Pines has a camping ground.
The reunion benefits the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the gate.
For more information, call Michelle at 706-587-6012 or Andy Gilbert of Lake Pines at 706-561-9675.
'Military Connections' concert
Tonight's a special night for the Columbus State University Wind Ensemble.
The first concert of the year is "Military Connections." With Fort Benning right here, and a newly-minted Olympic gold medalist on the CSU faculty, what better way to start the year?
Conductor Jamie Nix had another brilliant idea.
Why not invite long-time CSU conductor and music professor Hal Gibson back to conduct the Wind Ensemble?
Gibson, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, was the conductor of the combined military band during the Bicentennial in 1976. Before coming to teach in Columbus, he was also the conductor of the U.S. Army Field Band and the West Point Band.
"It will be great to see him again," Nix said. "Our students need to have that connection."
Hal is one of those beloved music professors, not just of music students, but people like me. He has always been very nice to me.
The concert will begin with John Williams' "Olympic Fanfare." Jamie Lynn Gray, the Olympian, will walk out, followed by CSU president Tim Mescon. They'll both speak briefly and then the concert will begin in earnest.
Everything starts at 7:30 p.m. in Legacy Hall, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway.
Admission is free.
Sandra Okamoto, firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-571-8580, covers the arts.