By Kayla Carter
A mix of bluegrass and apple butter at the Elizabethton Senior Citizens Center provided a recipe to spread cheer among its patrons.
Seniors center volunteers took turns Tuesday stirring kettles of apple butter to tunes provided by the Hampton High School Bulldog Bluegrass Band, which was able to take a field trip to the center with instructors Mark Dula and Wayne Ellis.
“This was such a great idea,” Ellis said. “It’s good for the kids to mingle with the seniors and talk to them and play them some music. It’s good for the younger generation to keep in touch with senior citizens. They are probably going to be surprised just how much they have in common.”
It was obvious that the love of bluegrass was a common bond that day when everyone began to tap their toes and dance to the Bulldog Bluegrass Band’s tunes.
Although the band has been practicing together for about six weeks at school, mandolin player Chris Timmons, guitarist Josh Morgan and banjo/lead guitar player Christian Yates said they have played music together for a while now.
“We are getting to do something we love while also letting the elderly enjoy their day, too,” Timmons said.
Maureen Otte, a member of the Senior Citizens Center, was delighted with the youngmusicians and shared many compliments.
“It was a wonderful surprise. I am so pleased I came today,” Otte said. “This is our future right here. It’s nice to see young people acting appropriately.”
The students’ talent impressed volunteer Calvin Caldwell, who was taking a break from stirring the kettle of apple butter.
“I’m glad to see them come out here,” he said.
Volunteer Lula Colbaugh said she was helping make apple butter because it helps to raise money for the center.
Senior Center Director Kathy Dula said the apple butter is sold annually as one of the center’s biggest fundraisers of the year.
“We hope to raise about $2,025,” Dula said.
The center is selling the apple butter at $10 a quart and $6 a pint.
For more information, call the center at 543-4362.