BGCS Newsletter Vol. I #4, November 29, 2018
"All Things Bluegrass: Past, Present & Future"

Welcome to our second newsletter this month. We are happy to report that this project is going very well and we are on schedule.Thanks for all your notes and questions.

Best Always,
Albert Ihde
On the Road to the Bluegrass State
Executive Director Ellen Pasternack playing fiddle in the Picking Parlor of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum
After an event filled business trip to Massachusetts, New York, Washington, DC, and Virginia, Ellen and I visited the impressive, brand new Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Owensboro, KY.
We met with museum Executive Director Chris Joslin, Marketing Director Carly Smith and Director of Operations Roxanne Tromley, to tour the building and discuss plans for the premiere showing of the newly restored version of Bluegrass Country Soul next fall. (More information about this event will be announced in upcoming newsletters.)
Terry Woodward with Albert Ihde
We had a chance to speak with Terry Woodward, the president of Waxworks Video and one of the major contributors and powers behind bringing this bluegrass museum to Owensboro. Terry was one of the founding members of the I.B.M.A. The exquisite new theater in the museum bears his name. He told us about the 34 years of hard work that went in to making this museum into a landmark for tourists and bluegrass music lovers from around the world. After spending a couple of hours with Terry, it is clear that the bluegrass community is fortunate to have such an enthusiastic patron.
When you visit Owensboro, be sure to stop at the Moonlite Bar-B-Q, where Terry took us to lunch. For dessert, you gotta try their banana pudding. I’m looking forward to going back for more, often.
We've just added a bunch of pictures to our website’s “News” page from our visit to the museum.
At the Gift Shop Counter …

Bluegrass Country Soul Playing Cards for sale at the counter of the Bluegrass Museum Gift Shop.
The Perfect Stocking Stuffer for
Bluegrass Music Lovers
When I went to pay for my new baseball cap with the museum name on it, I was delighted to see that our BGCS playing cards were prominently displayed at the gift shop’s checkout counter. If you can’t get over to Owensboro before the holiday traffic gets really bad, you can still order these unique bluegrass gifts by going to our Shop Now Page on our website. If you order before December 15, we’ll make sure they are mailed right away (continental US orders only).
Bill Emerson - He’s a true Country Gentleman

Albert Ihde with Bill Emerson & Billy Emerson
Albert Ihde with Bill Emerson and Bill Emerson, Jr.

 Bill and Lola Emerson welcomed us into their Virginia home like we were long lost friends. Actually, I hadn’t seen Bill since our bluegrass movie premiered at the Virginia Theatre in Alexandria, VA way back in July, 1972. However, we’d been in touch via mail and email from time to time over the intervening years.
Bill was the first musician we interviewed for our new documentary about the making of Bluegrass Country Soul , titled The First Bluegrass Movie , which will tell the behind the scenes story with photos and interviews. Lola Emerson told us about camping out with the children at Camp Springs and many of the other festivals her banjo picking husband played.
“Carlton Haney was a visionary,” Bill told us. By starting the bluegrass festivals in 1965, Carlton gave bluegrass groups a wider exposure to music fans, and helped in the sales of LP's and tapes. “ That 1971 Labor Day festival was one of the biggest and the best.”
Bill and his son, Bill, Jr., are finishing up an EP together.
The Washington Film Group Reunites
Bob Leonard's Pass to Carlton Haney's Bluegrass Festivals
Bob Leonard's permanent past to Carlton Haney's bluegrass music festivals

Bob Leonard, the Associate Producer and Partner on Bluegrass Country Soul (and now a professor at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA) met with his other partners, Robert Henninger and Albert Ihde, at Henninger Media Services in Arlington, VA, to discuss the restoration of the first bluegrass movie. At one point in the get-together, Bob pulled out a card from his wallet, shown above. It is the lifetime pass Carlton Haney gave each of us to all of his festivals. The card was in remarkably good shape after 47 years.
We’ll tell the whole story behind the making of this film when the Golden Anniversary, Legacy Edition is completed in 2019. Subscribers to the BGCS Newsletter will be the first to get the full details, as well as the way to have your name included in the final credits.
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