Trails Boogie to be free celebration, concert

By Wendy Byerly Wood -

While users of the E&A Rail Trail eagerly await the arrival of the second footbridge across Big Elkin Creek which will allow the trail to continue toward Stone Mountain State Park off-road, members of the Elkin Valley Trails Association are hosting their annual Trails Boogie celebration Thursday.

The new bridge has arrived in Surry County, where it sits at Smith-Rowe Construction, a bridge building company in Mount Airy, until the final preparations at the trail site can take place next to the town water treatment plant. At that point, the bridge will be delivered and set in place, extending the trail northward.

On Thursday at The Liberty on East Main Street in downtown Elkin, EVTA will celebrate the work that has been completed so far and the work to come with a free event. Social hour will begin around 5:30 p.m. and continue until 7 p.m. with supper and beverages available for purchase.

Also, during that time, those attending will have a chance to look over information about EVTA and its projects and partners and participate in a silent auction of various items, explained Bill Blackley of the EVTA.

“EVTA will have members talking about their areas of responsibility like mountain biking, horseback riding, paddling …,” said Blackley.

From 7 to 9 p.m., Doug Deming and Dennis Grueling with The Jewel Tones will bring swing and jump blues music to the stage. The concert Is family-friendly, Blackley said, with lyrics appropriate for children’s ears.

“The Jeweltones is a foursome of really cool excellent musicians who are making a name for themselves in the music world and have agreed together to be good clean living people on the music circuit,” said Blackley.

Any donations contributed during the Trails Boogie will benefit EVTA trail projects. Sponsors for the event are Suez, Basin Creek Realty and The Liberty.

Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.

By Wendy Byerly Wood

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