Lindsey Family Presents Music, Art In Mt. Vernon
The Franklin County Arts Alliance, Northeast Texas Dulcimer Chorus, and The Frame Up Fine Arts Gallery host a day of old time music and art presented by the Lindsey Family on January 11 at the Franklin County Cultural Arts Center.
The event features three simultaneous afternoon workshops on hammer dulcimer, mountain dulcimer and the ukulele from 1:30-3 p.m. At 7 p.m., the Lindsey Family performs a concert of old time music.
Annette Lindsey also is a painter, and some of her paintings are on exhibit for that day.
David and Annette Lindsey live in Bennington, Oklahoma. Both are retired educators and accomplished musicians. Their daughters, Cara and Angie, also join in the music as well-known musicians. Cara is a former Texas State Hammer Dulcimer champion. Angie plays as much as she can, when her own family can spare her.
David is the owner of David's Dulcimers and has been building hammer dulcimers since 1984. Annette stays busy with helping David in the shop, her family, and teaching mountain dulcimer. She takes painting lessons in Paris, Texas, from Jamie Carter, and is quite accomplished in painting from old photographs.
Following in their parent's footsteps, Cara is a high school music teacher and Angie teaches elementary grades.
When they bought their farm, the Lindsey's had a vision of one day having a dulcimer festival. About 15 years ago, a group got together and started planning. Today, they host the Winter Creek Reunion Dulcimer Festival the second weekend of October every year.
David built a barn that is now called the "Music Barn" and this year the Red River Valley Dulcimer Club built a full stage and Green Room for the entertainers to get ready to go on stage. Other improvements, like a full campground, were added two years ago and more improvements are on the way.
David and Annette started the Sweet Song String Band that includes eight other musicians. They play at many Civil War reenactments and contra dances, and often play at weddings and churches.
In 2013, they organized a dulcimer festival in Red River, New Mexico. Most of the Red River Valley Club members (from Oklahoma and Texas) went to support this new festival.
The Franklin County Cultural Arts Center is located at 100 W. Dallas St. in Mount Vernon. For more information, call 903.537.4034, or visit its website at www.franklincountyarts.com.