Pickin’ in Mingo to kick off second season

The second season of Pickin’ in Mingo will begin Sunday, when musicians will gather from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Mingo Community Center.

Tradition was revived last year in the southern reaches of Randolph County, where for many years folks gathered at the old Beale Store after church to share tunes.

Musicians now gather at the Mingo School built in 1898, rain or shine, where a circle of chairs creates the stage for sharing traditional and original songs. Whatever type of music you prefers – gospel, country, blues, jazz, rock – you will find it here. Everyone sings along for a melodic afternoon in the mountains.

Traditional blue grass musician Robert E. Bright hosts the weekly event, which has become popular with local musicians and visitors. Numerous travelers also stop by.

Every Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. for the next six months, musicians will gather at the Mingo Community Center, just off U.S. 219, five miles south of Valley Head.

Regular performers include Clayburn Salisbury of Montreville, Doris Wood of the Mingo Band, Steve White of Slaty Fork and Earl Ragland of Mingo. Bright said listeners are always welcome.

The event is co-sponsored by the Mingo Historical Society. More information is available by calling 304-330-2598 or emailing mingo.historical.society@gmail.com.