This Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, the bluegrass music will be stilled. The sounds of mountain music, the laughter among friends, and the sweet and savory smells of the concession stand will only be found in the memories of those fortunate to have been part of a band or the audience.
A group of 33 musicians and friends met in Max Woody’s chair shop on U.S.70 to play and listen to the sounds of our heritage on Friday, April 24, 2010. Thirteen musicians participated in a jam format. Numerous people brought drinks and snacks. The music started at 7 p.m. and continued until 10:30 p.m..
Don Hill, owner of the building across the street from the chair shop, offered the use of his building for the next week. Plywood for building a stage, a coffee urn, and four boxes of snack cakes were donated during the week. On April 30, 2010, several bands played and afterwards the musicians participated in a jam format.
A planning meeting was held on May 4, 2010 to determine if opening a new music venue in McDowell County was feasible. Rules and guidelines were set in place. Incorporation of the organization was followed by IRS approval of 501©3 nonprofit status. The venue was added to the Blue Ridge Music Trails.
Admission has always been free. Requested donations for refreshments has always been nominal. Where else can you get a cup of coffee for a quarter or a homemade dessert for 50 cents? The bands got no compensation for performing. They did it for the love of the music. Musicians have come from as far away as Norway. The audiences came from around the corner and from as far away as Afghanistan and Australia. Everyone felt like family regardless of origin.
Don Hill has graciously allowed the music to continue for over nine and a half years at great expense to himself. He has decided to sell the building in 2020.
A Christmas potluck dinner was held on the first Friday of December with Possum Creek the last band to perform before the doors closed.
The management of WOMM is grateful to all of the musicians who have performed, the listening audience, the men and women who do not hesitate to assist in any area without being asked, the folks who have donated desserts, supplies, and time throughout the years, and especially Don Hill. None of this would have been possible without his boundless generosity.