Southern Raised and Silver Dollar City

Smokey haze drifting from a blacksmith shop down main street, smells of BBQ chicken, kettle corn and wood fires, 1880’s structures making statements of our past and our heritage and let us not forget……….sweet strains of Ozark Mountain music instantly flooding your ears!  If you are seeing Silver Dollar City in your mind…then you are absolutely correct!  This 1880’s theme park in Branson, Mo. has been a place we have grown up and I can promise, many precious and fun filled memories happened right there!  So………it is a pure joy and honor to come back now as musicians, sharing this Ozark Mt. music that we grew up listening to!  This  weekend marks a 3 day gig at Silver Dollar City…..WOW!  What an amazing time we had!  We played opening day and the weather was just simply made to order!!!  Temps in the 70s and sun beaming down!:)…..alas! It ended with a grand finale on Sunday of 38 degrees and a steady rain!!!:)…it was not very far into the day that we  went home with all shows canceled due to the weather…..but, I have lots of pics to share from a wonderful weekend at Silver Dollar City!!!

Southern Raised at Silver Dollar City!!!

We played on the Gazebo Stage with 4 sets a day.  Thank you to all of our very dear friends and fans that came out to hear us this last weekend!  We love all of you!

What gorgeous weather and great times!….Here is a view of the Gazebo Stage

We got to visit with our dear friend and mentor..Mr. Greg Bailey.  He has contributed, encouraged and taught us more in our musical career than we could ever thank him for….I am a firm believer that God brings certain people into your life at certain seasons and uses them to bring you to a new level or perhaps move  you in that direction….Mr. Bailey is one of those individuals that God brought  early, early in our music and He used this dear man to begin molding and working with the very raw beginnings of our bluegrass musical efforts…..He is one of those individuals who always seems to give and make himself  available to help another.  Sarah witnessed one occasion where a  little boy exuberantly came running up to Mr. Bailey after one of the Homestead Picker’s shows and asked for help learning the mandolin!  Mr. Bailey went and got a chord chart and began investing in yet another life……..this selfless giving is truly inspirational, may we all aspire to this……..We love you Mr. Bailey!

Southern Raised and Mr. Greg Bailey of the Homestead Pickers

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Nonny and Pappy……..we love y’all!

Our grandparents, Nonny and Pappy, were there with us at Silver Dollar City!  They have been a blessing above and beyond measure to us and this ministry…….I couldn’t begin to name the countless things they selflessly do behind the scenes, often that no one sees, that blesses us and ultimately others.  Thank you Nonny and Pappy for all your love, support and selfless giving of yourselves to touch others!!!  We love you both very, very much!!!:)

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Southern Raised in a set

……………………………………The pic below is Southern Raised and Flat Stanley!:)……he really gets around!!  Our friends, the Ellers came out to Silver Dollar City and they were helping someone out with a “Flat Stanley” project! Sooo…….Here is Flat Stanley with Southern Raised!!! …………………………………………………………………………………….

Southern Raised and Flat Stanley!!:)

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Southern Raised posing for a fan pic

The below pic is one of Southern Raised and Miss Grace….a dear, sweet lady that was about to turn 94 years old!!!  I asked her what vitamins she takes!!!:)…she does not look 94!!…..nor did she act it!!!:)……I hope I can do that in 68 years!!!

Southern Raised and Miss Grace!….Happy Birthday!

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Matt keeping up his strength!!!…haha:)

………………………………………………………………Yes:), the above pic is baby brother grabbing an energy boost!  At 6’3″ and 15 years of age……well:)…..you can imagine it doesn’t take much to work up an appetite!!:)

Sarah setting up the product table before the morning show

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Daddy and our dear friend Mr. Don Heston visiting at the Gazebo

……………Thank you Mr. Don for the blessing you were to us this weekend!  Kindness as simple as walking up with cool water bottles after a set and handing them to us or the generous gift of taking us out to dinner, but we treasure your friendship above all!!!  We love and appreciate you so very much!………………………………………………………………….

Say Cheese!

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Southern Raised and our sound man, Brad…..thanks Brad for an awesome job!

……………………………………………………………………………..On Sunday came that “grand finale” 38 degrees and lots of rain!  The first show was canceled and then it was a matter of waiting to see if the noon show could go on depending on what the weather did in the next couple hours!  So…..our whole family went to have breakfast at a restaurant.  Now……when we entered, the waitress began quickly clearing a table that was dirty when many clean ones were all around as she said, “let me clean this real quick!”  Unfortunately, we didn’t think anything of it!:)….Come to find out, there is one table in that restaurant that has a very unusual way of gradually raising itself up at such a slow rate that you never notice until……..well….until….Emily looked at me and said…”Look at Lindsay!!!  She looks so low!” and Daddy suddenly realized as well, as he began to look around!!!  I began to realize that yes…I was low….very low!!!…..matter of fact my head was kinda just sticking up above the table!!!……When we realized what was happening we all died laughing…and I mean really laughing!!!:):)…..Sarah and I were literally crying!!!  You would have had to have been there to really get a full grasp of this!  Now……I suppose I could tell all of you what table this was and where it is located…………but:):)  I think I shall let y’all have the great memory and laughter and tears that comes with experiencing this!!!!  Just take note if your waitress says, “Let me clean this table real quick!”:):)

Our special table!:)…..Please note the height!:)………..now don’t be scanning the room for landmarks so you can find it when you go!!!:)!!

Well………………sadly, as I said…all 4 shows were called off on Sunday!  Here are pics of us on this rainy March day in the Ozarks!

Sarah and Matt under cover!

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Emmy heading in the park

Southern Raised amid a rather “southern rain”:):)……………………………..

“What!?….You don’t say?!!”:):)……………..

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Sarah……waiting it out!:)…….that would have been a looong wait!!!!

………………………….Ok!  So, as we were leaving, the bakery was like yelling..”Southern Raised!  Southern Raised!!!!  Stop here!!”  So what did we do??:):)………..You must admit these were the perfect warm treats for a cold and rainy day!!!…………………………………………….

Some sweet treats…….that smell oh so good!:)…..

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You must go to the bakery at Silver Dollar City!

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Parting Shot:)

Wanted to share this poem we came across……..I shared some pics and stories in the above blog of Nonny and Pappy, Mr. Bailey and Mr. Heston  that I feel have exhibited the character of kindness over and over again……………………………………………….

Kindness

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I am stuck on a conundrum, and it’s making me reflect,
About a troubling weakness, and a character defect.
It’s one that often plagues me, and it plagues some friends of mine,
I’m speaking of the painful message sent when we’re not kind.

The greatest act of kindness in all of history
Was modeled by the Savior while hanging from a tree:
“Forgive them Father,” was His cry, “they know not what they do.”
In those few words He demonstrated kindness pure and true.

He could have said, “Forgive them,” and then let the matter stand.
He could have just ignored them, as He hung there by His hands.
But instead He showed them kindness, by taking up the case
Of wretched hypocrites and fools who merited disgrace.

It’s easy to show kindness when there’s nothing on the line.
It’s easy to be generous to those who treat you kind.
It’s easy to be kindly to the beautiful and handsome;
It’s easy to think kind thoughts when invited to a mansion.

But when you can show kindness to those who want your hide,
Or those have betrayed you to save themselves, then lied,
Or if your act of kindness gets you nothing but a loss,
Then you’ve an inclination of Christ’s wording on the Cross.

Kindness is how and why you love your drooling little brother.
Kindness is the way you sit beside your aged mother.
Kindness is showing mercy on a loved one in despair.
Kindness is forgetting your own hurts, to show them that you care.

There are some folks who act kindly, when they have something to gain.
There are others who feign kindness, when hiding their own blame.
There are some who are selective in the kindness that they show.
And others who are only kind to certain folks that they know.

There’s something very ugly when a good man acts unkind;
But before you judge him harshly, keep this one thing in mind:
You too have been quite unloving, unthoughtful, maybe cruel,
And if you hope for mercy, don’t forget the golden rule.

Yes, there’s been enough unkindness on everybody’s part,
That now would be the perfect time to call for a fresh start.
It’s time to think right kindly of the loved ones you call friend,
The way you hope they think of you when you’re feeling at the end.

’Cause the precious few who treasure kindness deep within their heart.
And even when they are hurt by others, always play the part
Of being so truly, deeply wholly, passionately kind,
Are the folks that touch your heartstrings and are always in your mind.

You will meet with many prophets, and with mercies not a few,
You will walk with those hospitable, and charitable too.
You will learn from the diligent, and from some humility,
But to meet a truly kind man, is to glimpse eternity.

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By Douglas Winston Phillips

 

 

 

Please stay posted!…..we will be back at SDC the last weekend of March on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday!  So, watch for a new blog on that weekend and come on out and join us if you can!!!  Y’all come on out now….ya hear!!!:)………….Later, Lindsay