Mountain Laurels

Mountain Laurels consists of Elaine Gray on guitar, Rhonda Lorence on fiddle, Maggie Sparks on the flute and Connie Woolard on hammered dulcimer.

WEST JEFFERSON — The 2019 Backstreet Concert Series will feature Mountain Laurels for its fifth concert on Friday, July 19, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Backstreet Park.

The concert is individually sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council. In the event of rain, the concert will move to the Ashe Arts Center at 303 West School Street, three blocks east of the outdoor concert site.

Mountain Laurels have performed together since 2008. The members of Mountain Laurels come from a variety of backgrounds.

Elaine Gray, a former pop rocker who also holds a Ph.D, plays guitar. Rhonda Lorence, a founding member of Mountain Laurels, was trained as a classical violinist, but finds fiddling more fun. Maggie Sparks, on the flute, is a dermatologist in Boone. Connie Woolard, the other founding member of Mountain Laurels, has played the hammered dulcimer for more than 25 years.

The West Jefferson Community Partnership is an organization made up of businesses, nonprofits and individuals interested in promoting the Town of West Jefferson. It meets at town hall at 8:30 a.m. on the fourth Friday of every month.

People interested in getting involved in the town are invited to attend. Participating organizations include Ashe County Arts Council, Ashe County Chamber of Commerce, Ashe County Public Library, Keep Ashe Beautiful, Christmas in July, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Florence Thomas Art School, Keep Ashe Beautiful, The Hotel Tavern, West Jefferson Tourism Development Authority, Town of West Jefferson and West Jefferson Business Association.

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