West Virginia Music Fest – Live Appalachian Folk Music & Supper

West Virginia duo Tim & Maggie will perform Appalachian folk music at a benefit West Virginia Music Festival, to be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 at the First Church of Christ Congregational. Courtesy Photo: First Church of Christ, Bedford

Submitted by First Church of Christ Congregational

Bedford’s First Church of Christ Congregational, 25 Great Road, is hosting a benefit West Virginia Music Festival from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 20.

Tim & Maggie, a popular West Virginia duo, will perform live Appalachian folk music during the evening. A pulled-pork buffet dinner, along with children’s activities and a bake sale, will also be featured.  

Admission to the West Virginia Music Fest (including dinner) is $15 per person ($40 per family). The buffet will feature pulled pork, baked beans, cole slaw, corn bread, plus a variety of desserts. Vegan chili will also be served.

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There is plenty of free parking located behind the church. First Church will donate all proceeds from this event to support the purchase of a new pick-up truck for the Appalachian South Folklife Center in Pipestem, W.Va.

Highlighting this year’s Music Festival is the authentic music of Tim & Maggie, who hail from Athens, W.Va. They have spent decades studying and performing early American/Appalachian music, as well as tunes from England, France, Ireland and Scotland. They play a variety of instruments, including banjo, guitar and flutes. Tim & Maggie will perform three musical sets during the evening: 5:30 to 6 p.m. (first set will be geared toward children); 6:30 to 7 p.m., and 7:30 to 8 p.m.

For eight years, First Church Congregational’s West Virginia Mission Project has helped fight poverty in Appalachia by supporting nonprofit organizations in and around Princeton, W.Va., located in one of the poorest counties in the state. These community groups are dedicated to making home repairs for local residents, supporting after-school and summer children’s programs, and hosting arts activities for at-risk youth. To donate directly to the First Church West Virginia Mission Project, please visit: FirstChurchWVMissionProject

 The entire community is invited to the 2023 West Virginia Music Festival to sample the fine cooking of the First Church Congregational chefs and enjoy some lively Appalachian folk music. This benefit will also help bring hope and optimism to a naturally beautiful part of the United States with deep and distinctive cultural roots.

For further information, visit: firstchurchbedforducc.org or call 781-275-7951.

The First Church of Christ Congregational in Bedford is a member congregation of the United Church of Christ.

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