Camp Washington-Carver will conclude its new musical entertainment series for this year, Sweets and Sounds, on Saturday, Oct. 27, with the Lewisburg-based band, The Washington Street Strutters. The one-hour concert will start at 7 p.m., and is followed by homemade desserts in the Great Chestnut Lodge.
The Washington Street Strutters formed earlier this year and play “warmed up” dixieland, old-style pop, blues, and popular songs from the 1920s and 1930s. The group plays regularly at The Irish Pub in Lewisburg and features Joe Buttram on clarinet, Brian Carr on trombone, Tony Haworth on piano, and Cathey Sawyer as vocalist. Jeff Bryant on trumpet, and Tim Pyne on drums, will join the Strutters for the Sweets and Sounds concert.
Buttram retired from a career in music education and now is concentrating on his interest in jazz performance, jazz history and creative writing. Carr is the band director at Eastern Greenbrier Middle School in Fairlea. Haworth was the pianist for Gossinger-Concord Kutcher’s Hotel in the Catskill Mountains from 1972-1991 before moving to Virginia and playing at the Hotel Roanoke until 1998. Sawyer is the artistic director of the Greenbrier Valley Theatre.
Bryant has performed with The Temptations, The Four Tops, Ray Charles and Tony Bennett to name a few. He has also been a studio musician for CBS and a musician for The Greenbrier Resort. Pyne has been playing drums his entire life in everything from rock ‘n roll bands to jazz ensembles.
Reservations for the concert are recommended, but tickets also will be sold the evening of the performance. Tickets are $10 per person for the performance and dessert.
For more information or to make reservations for the concert, call (304) 438-3005 or (304) 558-0220, ext. 171.
A beautiful retreat listed in the National Register of Historic Places and operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Camp Washington-Carver serves as the state’s mountain cultural arts center. The facility nurtures the cultural heritage embodied in the site since its dedication in 1942 as a 4-H and agricultural extension camp for West Virginia’s African Americans. The camp is located in Fayette County adjacent to Babcock State Park, just off Rt. 60 (Midland Trail) on Rt. 41.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Its administrative offices are located at the Cultural Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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