The Smithsonian Institute's Museum on Main Street exhibit: "New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music" will open at the Barry County Museum in Cassville on Saturday, June 19. The 800-square-foot freestanding display, featuring photographs, recordings, instruments and information tracing the history of American music, will be open to the public through July 31.
Over 45 musical performances, six informances, children's programs, an American Indian music and dance festival and a fiddle contest will complement the exhibit.
Eddie Bowman, comedians Mike and Nancee Micham, Robin Brumley and bluegrass, country and gospel singer Al Brumley, Jr., will kick off the musical performances on Saturday, June 19. Bowman is scheduled to perform at 6 p.m., and the Michams will perform at 6:45 p.m. Robin Brumley and Al Brumley, Jr., will take the stage at 8:15 p.m.
Musical performances will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. each Friday and Saturday night. No performances are scheduled for July 3 or 4 due to the Independence Day holiday.
Other musicians scheduled to perform at the museum this summer include: the Cassville High School choir department; Camp Followers; Glory Bound; HomeTown Sound and the RedHots; Black Suede; Timberline; Cherokee National Youth Choir; The Englands; Kevin Cantwell and Family; Mark Montgomery; Girls of Grace; St. Peter and Paul Choir; Bernard Dart and Linda McBride; Crazy Mule; Missouri Boatride; Southern Raised; Republic Community Band; the McSwains; Tradewinds; Landon Young and Charlie Brown; The Fossils; Corybel Country; and Word of Life.
Local musicians will also offer gospel performances from 2 to 4 p.m. each Sunday between June 20 and July 25. Musicians currently scheduled to perform are: Ronald Radford; the Denny Wolf Family; Wayne Hendrix; Morningstar Gospel; Flonnie Henry; The Tripps; Carolyn Biggs-Mills; The Revelators; the Hilburn Family; New Site Praise Team; and Journey On.
Informances will be offered at the museum from noon to 1 p.m. each Tuesday. Individuals scheduled to host programs include: Dr. Larry Quinalty, Dan Harbaugh, Kerry Hays, Wayne Glenn, Matt Meacham and Dale Reed.
Children's programs, which will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. each Thursday, will be conducted by the following volunteers: Eddie Bowman as "Chester Drawers;" Greg Beck; Judie Starchman; and Arnold Layne. Craft making and group participation will be included in each program.
Children will also enjoy viewing the Butterfield Stagecoach, which is scheduled to make a stop at the museum on Thursday, July 29. The coach will be on display from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m.
More information on New Harmonies performances, events and programs will be released over the coming weeks. For more information, call Cherry Bailey at 847-1640 or e-mail her at email@example.com.