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You shop. Amazon gives. 

There aren't many people who don't shop on Amazon.com. Did you know that there is a way to get Amazon to give a portion of what you spend to a charity of your choice? If you go to www.smile.amazon.com and sign in with your normal Amazon account information, you can choose the organization that they will give 0.5% of the price of qualifying purchases to that organization.

BMEF has registered to be one of the choices to give to! We ask that our friends and fans of Crandall Creek consider selecting us as the recipient of that donation. We want to get the word out to as many people as possible. So share, share, share! Even if people choose a different organization, it only makes sense to shop Amazon this way.

Next time you want to shop Amazon, go to:

www.smile.amazon.com

Sign in with your Amazon account

Choose your charity (We hope we can get some help)

And enjoy a new way of Pickin' and a Givin'!

Breathe A Little Easier 

If you were in attendance at last night's concert, thank you. The money you paid for your tickets, the money from the auction items, and a generous percentage of sales of jewelry by Kathy Sacra Anderson is going to be on its way to the Black Lung Clinic at Cabin Creek Health Systems in Dawes, WV. We are proud to stand by our neighbors and friends who put their health and lives on the line working in the coal mines.

If you have ever seen Donna Ulisse and the Poor Mountain Boys in concert, you know it is certain to be a great show. Donna's music and lyrics grab your attention like few acts can. Thank you, Donna, for coming back again and again. Moundsville, WV loves you! If you haven't seen Donna and her band yet, don't let another opportunity pass you by. Luckily, you will get the chance again when they come back on December 8 to perform their Christmas show.If you aren't sure you believe Donna's shows can be as good as we say they are, just look at what happened in the sky outside the Strand Theatre when she took the stage...Whether they are headlining or opening for another band, Crandall Creek continues to bloom. Their sound keeps getting tighter, and their original selections continue to expand and wow the audiences. We look forward to seeing much more of them in the near future.As great as all of that was, nothing was a touching as when the show opened with the honor of having 97 year old WWII veteran George "Singing George" Bennett gracing the audience with his rendition of "You Are My Sunshine". Thank you, sir, for the honor and your service. We can NEVER repay you.Keep your eyes and ears out for information for our next show. Keep the date of July, 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the forefront of your mind. That night will be a mini Bluegrass festival with three bands, The Jakob's Ferry Stragglers, The Roadhog band, and Crandall Creek. Spread the word. It will be for a good cause as always, and we'll have a good time...Pickin' and a Givin'!

Helping Our Coal Miners 

It is just about time again! We are gearing up for another fun filled Bluegrass kind of "Pickin' And And A Givin'" kind of night, and she is back folks! Donna Ulisse will be here on May 19th to grace us with her music that drives one's imagination like few can. The doors to the Strand Theatre will open at 6:00 p.m., and the show starts at 7:00. Opening the show with their high-energy style will be, none other than Moundsville's own, Crandall Creek.

We are pleased to announce that proceeds from ticket sales and a silent auction will be given to the Black Lung Clinic at Cabin Creek Health Systems in Dawes, WV. We stand proud with our hard working men and women of our great state and those who surround us. Please come out in support of our efforts, bring a friend, and have a wonderful fun filled evening!

Welcome Back, Alecia! 

After taking a few years off, Alecia Nugent returned to the scene on April 28, 2018. One would never know she ever took a day off. The first stop on her new tour - The Strand Theatre in Moundsville, West Virginia. It truly was an incredible show! With her band of amazing musicians and her sweet but powerful voice, Alicia truly does live up to the title of "Hillbilly Goddess." Thank you, Alecia for letting BMEF and the Strand Theatre be a part of your return! We pray for a successful continuation of your music career.Crandall Creek from Moundsville, West Virginia opened the show once again. They are always a quality show, but this night was something special. Their performances are becoming more tight each time they play. There is no reason this band cannot play in Nashville. Again, they graced the audience with some songs of their own and some old favorites. They are a fantastic group of musicians and songwriters. You can't say enough nice things about them!

One of the perks of having a local band that plays the same venue time and again is the ability to let others get involved. Crandall Creek's performance included special appearances by the singing eye doctor, Eddie McDonald, an incredible young girl of 12 years old, Jariel Henthorn, and Scott Black, the fiddle player of Cabin Fever String Band, doing some clog dancing.

We want to give a big thank you to our sponsors, Williams Energy, Main Street Bank, and Nana's Pizza and Pie. We couldn't do this without your help! Because of your generosity, we are able provide the public a quality evening of entertainment and give to organizations like Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, an organization that teaches veterans with disabilities and PTSD how to fly fish.

Another thank you goes to all of our silent auction donors. There were too many to list! We are seeing more and more items donated each show. It's nice to see local businesses eager to help and donate for a good cause!

Finally, we want to thank the members of our audiences. You continue to bring in your non-perishable food donations for the Feeding Body and Soul community kitchen in Moundsville. Together, we've been able to donate over 4,000 food items to the kitchen. It really makes a difference. Thank you so much!

Don't forget to check out the Strand Theatre of other upcoming shows. You can find them on Facebook under Strand Theatre Preservation Society. One of the shows you will find is BMEF's next show on May 19 with returning artist Donna Ulisse. See you there!

 

It Feels Great! 

Once again we had a successful night, and because of our efforts and your support, we were able to present another check to another great organization. On April 12th, founder and director of BMEF, Jerry Andrews, personally visited Miracles Happen to present the check and was invited to be a guest speaker while he was there.We love Bluegrass music, and we love helping others in need. That is why you will always find BMEF striving toward Pickin' and a Givin'! We look forward to our next event on April 28th with Nashville's "Hillbilly Goddess", Alecia Nugent. We pray for your support, because the more people that come to our concerts, the more we can give to our beneficiaries. See you all there!

We're On A Roll! 

We are in a new month. So, that can mean only one thing...There is another concert coming up at the Strand Theatre in Moundsville, WV! On April 28 at 6:30 p.m., we will open the doors to enjoy another Bluegrass filled evening (show starts at 7:00). However, this one is a special one. Nashville's "Hillbilly Goddess", Alecia Nugent, is hitting the road again after taking a break for a few years. We are excited to say that our show will kick off her new tour!Of coarse, it wouldn't be a proper BMEF concert without a few other components. As always, Crandall Creek will be the show's opener. There is always a good cause that our proceeds are donated to. This show will benefit Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, an organization that helps veterans who have been wounded or suffer from PTSD. There will be another silent auction to help boost the amount of our proceeds. Finally, we will be collecting nonperishable food items at the door to give to Feeding Body and Soul Community Kitchen. Come on out and join us as we are PICKIN' AND A GIVIN'!!!

Pickin' and a Givin'... 

Givin' and a pickin', that is what it is all about. Last night was such a tremendous night! As always, The Jakob's Ferry Stragglers certainly delivered. The band is constantly on tour playing together, and it shows. Their performances are so tight, it is as if the four of them are one unit. That must be why they are called a band, but this is a tightness on a special level. They are all talented as individuals, but this is truly an incredible band. They are a must see if they are ever in your area. Thank you, JFS!Of coarse the night just wouldn't be complete without seeing our favorite local band, Crandall Creek. They too are playing more and more together, making them a stronger force in the Bluegrass world. They continue to expand their repertoire with familiar classics along with more originals of their own. Their potential "Star Power" is being recognized. After being viewed on their YouTube channel, without getting into specifics, because there aren't many specifics to mention, they are receiving some "big time" attention. Keep watching for more from this group.That's the pickin' part. Now comes the givin' part. Again, there would be no point to any of this if it weren't for the fans and supporters. Thank you all for coming out to support us and our causes. Thank you to those who bring in the food donations time and again. You are helping in a much bigger way than you may know.

Thank you to our sponsors, AFP Logs and Lumber, BB&T, and Spadafore Orthodontics. We couldn't do what we do without your support. We ask that everyone keeps our shows' sponsors in mind for their future needs.

Thank you to all of the businesses that donated the auction items; CA House Music, Happy Tails, Kathy Sacra-Anderson, Nana's Pizza and Pie, Home Town Floral and Gift Shop, J&D Ked's ACE Hardware, and Miklas Meat Market. Please know that your items helped bring in a good amount of money, and you are all appreciated.

We hope to see everyone out for the "Hillbilly Goddess", Alecia Nugent with Crandall Creek on April 28th, details to come...

Hopes For Another Successful Night 

As everyone should know by now, all of our concert events have one thing in common. They are all for some other cause. In the past, we have put on events to raise money for flood victims, a soup kitchen, a couple veterans groups, and so on. This Saturday, March 10th, is no different. We have a repeat concert with The Jakob's Ferry Stragglers with special guests, Crandall Creek.This is not the first time these two bands have played the same stage, and if you missed the last time, you don't want to miss it this time. If you were able to attend the last time, you don't want to miss it this time. With the risk of sounding too cliché, the night was truly electrifying!

Proceeds from the ticket sales and silent auction will go to HealthWays Inc., Miracles Happen of Wheeling. It is a wonderful place that helps people with addiction problems. We would love to be able to pack the house this coming weekend in order to present them with the largest check possible. We cannot do this without everyone's support. Please spread the word and help us make the night a complete success.

Showing the Love on Valentine's Day 

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone! BMEF Had the opportunity to celebrate Valentine's Day by doing exactly what the foundation was set up to do. Our concerts are geared toward raising money to give to other worth wile organizations. Our last two concerts were organized to raise money for Feeding Body and Soul Community Kitchen in Moundsville, WV and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital respectively.

A check for was presented on site to the Feeding Body and Soul Community Kitchen.St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is receiving a check. WTRF's Paige Madden was there to interview Jerry Andrews. We want to thank WTRF, Rachael Dierkes, and Paige Madden for your support and coverage of our activities.Of coarse, once again, none of us could do what we do if it weren't for the support of those of you who come out to support us. We hope to see another great crowd for our March 10th show with The Jakob's Ferry Stragglers and opening act Crandall Creek!

A Packed House 

First things first, thank you to everyone who came out to support the show. You are truly the ones who make these events successful. Last night's crowd was great in size and enthusiasm! That kind of support is what helps the performers really come alive, and come alive they did!

Crandall Creek just keeps getting better and better, and they started out really good. They continue to please everyone with old Bluegrass classics, but they are really building up a nice repertoire of originals too. If you didn't come out to see them last night, do yourself a favor and get to their next show. As of this moment, that will be March 3rd at the Ebert Brother's Show at the Lincoln Theatre in New Martinsville, WV.

If you know who's image this is, then enough said...

Roger Hoard is truly amazing! Even as a show opener, he is a headliner. I challenge anyone to find a finer man or musician in the Ohio Valley. His professionalism is astounding, and his music is equally as impressive. If you want to check out more of Roger's work, see C.A. House's commercials or go to www.hoardandjones.com.

Do you love Oldies? Doo Wop? A Capella? Gospel? One-A-Chord landed right between Roger Hoard and Crandall Creek. Actually, landed is the exact opposite of what they did. This group of guys soared to the outer limits of our atmosphere last night. They can entertain as well as any band, and they have no instruments. There is no wonder, to anyone in attendance, that they had the "Best A Capella Doo Wop Album of the Year" in 2005. They love to perform at all sorts of venues. If you have any need for entertainment, check them out at www.one-a-chord.com.

A special thanks goes out to our sound man, Josh Blakemore. It is too bad sound cannot be captured by camera. His mixing deserves to be recognized. Also, thank you to Ryan Yanik for his lighting skills and for the perfect animation shown behind the performers. As usual, the lovely Suzanne Polinski did a remarkable job as the night's emcee. Thank you, to the Board of Directors at the Strand Theatre for hosting in such a wonderful venue.

Finally, thank you to our event and program sponsors, Wheeling Hospital and Nana's Pizza and Pie in Moundsville, WV.

Everyone keep your eye out for our upcoming dates. Again, The Jakob's Ferry Stragglers will be our next headliner on March 10th with Crandall Creek as the opener. If you aren't a Bluegrass fan, you will walk away from that show a "new convert". We hope to see you there! Remember, these are fun and entertaining nights, but they ALWAYS are a means to support great causes. Even if St. Jude Children's Research Hospital can save only one child with the money raised by our event, the night was well worth it.