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Celebrating community on Courthouse Square

Posted on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 9:00 am

Hundreds of visitors strolled through Montross to experience good food, vendors, music and to catch up with friends.

It was nothing but sunny skies for event goers at the Montross First Friday event, July 7. As the band played, music-lovers took advantage of shade cast by mighty trees behind the Museum. Folks enjoyed the wine garden hosted by Hague Winery and a beer garden hosted by The Greater Montross Partnership for Revitalization. The smell of BBQ was in the air and snow cones were a cool commodity during the festivities.
Ampersand provided a variety of music, from colonial-era fiddle tunes to folk blues and a bit of country. They also mixed in tunes from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s playing mostly blues and popular songs of that time.
Beth Lawton, Topher Lawton, Francis Lindop and Karl Neidhardt combine their talents to created, Ampersand, a small string band.
Like the symbol (&) represents the word “and” the band likes to add other musicians to their group when playing both at home and when they travel.
Next to the music and the spirits, the snow cone was the hit of the day with adults and kids. Both Sherry and Brent Gatton were enjoying a cool snow cone while the band began to play. Sherry said “We really like the music, we are musician ourselves.” Although they have not formed a group they consider themselves just a garage band. Sherry plays keyboard and Brent is a drummer.
Sherry said of the town of Montross, “We don’t really have a place to go out and enjoy music in town. You have the vendors too so it’s a really good event.”

Read more of this story in the July 12 issue of the Westmoreland News.