Friday, December 11, 2009

At Carter Fold, show goes on despite tragedy

By Doug Janz
Press Tempo Writer

HILTONS, Va. — Since it was founded in the 1970s, the Carter Family Fold has been a regular venue for live bluegrass and gospel music every Saturday night.
It’s inexpensive, family-friendly and steeped in tradition. The music is always high-quality and the audience is all but guaranteed to hear some top-notch fiddle music.
But the Fold was stuck by tragedy Dec. 6 when a fire destroyed the nearby home of Carter Fold operators Rita and Bob Forrester, taking the life of Bob Forrester, 61.
Rita is the granddaughter of the legendary A.P. Carter and the daughter of Janette Carter, who founded the Carter Family Fold. It is the site where the original Carter Family lived and raised their families.
Rita and her son Tyler escaped the fire. Her other son, Justin, lives nearby. In addition to losing her husband of more 31 years, Rita lost all her possessions, including automobiles, in the fire.
But she announced this week that the Saturday, Dec. 12, show featuring Trey Hensley & Drivin’ Force would go on as scheduled. Friends have stepped up to handle the logistics of the show and enable the Forresters to grieve and regroup.
A fund has been set up to help the Forresters. Donations can be made to: The Rita Janette Forrester Fund, c/o BB&T Bank, 110 Gateway Plaza, Gate City, Va. 24251

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