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Chipco Creek String Band featured at September 21 Pasco Historical Society meeting

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on August 31, 2018

The next meeting of the Pasco County Historical Society will occur on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village at 15602 Pioneer Road, Dade City, Florida, 33523, in the Mabel Jordan Barn at the museum facilities.

The presentation for the September 21, 2018 meeting of the Pasco County Historical Society will be the dynamic Chipco Creek String Band who will present an array of historical music. Back by popular demand, the Pasco County Historical Society enjoyed the wonderful historical music and bluegrass, and requested that the band return to present at the meeting. Guests are welcome.

The band’s name, Chipco Creek refers to an old grist mill that was on a small creek in the Chipco area of eastern Pasco County.  The wooden mill vanished years ago. There was old grist stone in the creek north of Saint Joe. It was  the only reminder of this bygone era.

Old Time music is a homogenization of tunes and ballads from Ireland, Scotland and England, using fiddles from Europe, banjos from Africa, and guitars from Spain.  It is the music the early American settlers living in Appalachia played on their front porches and for their Saturday night dances.  As America grew so did the music.  As folks moved west new playing styles emerged identified with fiddlers from the mid-west, Missouri, and Texas.   Then in the 1930’s a group of musicians put a new spin on the music, today that is called Bluegrass.  The Chipco Creek String Band honors those early settlers of America, trying to keep the music close to those original roots.

The Chipco Creek String Band is made up of four musicians that have been playing Old Time Music for many years. The band consists of Bill Reynolds on fiddle, Ernie Williams on 5-string banjo, as well as Wayne Sweat and Steve Cox on guitars.  

Guests are welcome. A carry-in dinner precedes the program, so bring a dish to share as well as cutlery for your personal use, plate(s), (disposable is fine) and your beverage of choice.

The museum is located 1.3 miles north of downtown Dade City, at the corner of US 301 and Museum Road, turn east onto Museum Road and cross the railroad tracks.

Special thanks to the Florida Pioneer Museum & Village that allows the Pasco County Historical Society to hold meetings at their facilities. Stephanie Black, Executive Director and the Board have been gracious in allowing the historical society to meet at their wonderful facility which honors the history of Pasco County.

CONTACT: Madonna J. Wise, (813) 782 0246 or Email: [email protected]


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