A musical benefit of last week's concert by The New Christy Minstrels® was a memorable afternoon performance at Cedaredge Elementary School for an audience of 393 students and 40 teachers and staff.
The eight-member folk music ensemble played and sang at the school without charge as part of the continuing work of the New Christy Minstrels Foundation. The foundation trains musicians to communicate the art of folk music through free school concerts presented nationwide. According to the foundation's website, the group seeks to expose younger generations to folk music "that is old-fashioned, which means that the words are very important, the songs memorable."
While visiting Cedaredge last week, Minstrel director Randy Sparks emphasized -- in his irascible way -- that the foundation exists to convince young people that "music is more than something that vibrates your car." The foundation is also building a folk music museum at its headquarters in Leavenworth, Kan. For more visit www.newchristyminstrelsfoundation.org.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.