JONESVILLE — Residents and visitors who attended the annual Jonesville Jubilee on Saturday enjoyed clear blue skies and plenty of sunshine. All eyes were on the skies at the start and close of the day, which began with a display of sky diving and ended with fireworks.
“We’re just enjoying the day, the weather is great and it’s a great time to be out here supporting Jonesville and the Historical Society,” said Jonesville resident Johnnie Walters. “This is such a great event for all our community to be able to come out and be together.”
The mission of this yearly event, held at Lila Swaim Park in Jonesville, is to “celebrate the history, heritage and culture” of the community. Several unique historical displays were a part of the day.
Entertainment throughout the Jubilee ranged from a unique interpretive sign language performance of the national anthem, to gospel praise music, bluegrass and more.
Sandie Blackley enjoyed watching her husband Bill play some classic country and bluegrass tunes on his harmonica with his newly formed band Rhythm and Roots. She said her husband had been playing the harmonica for about 10 years and has even attended a harmonica camp to brush up on his skills with the instrument.
A variety of groups had booths at the event, including some area politicians campaigning for office, craft and food vendors. Several local organizations including the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office, Mountain Valley Hospice and Upper Yadkin Valley Habitat For Humanity also were represented at the Jubilee.
Fran Evans has been volunteering for two years with Hospice to crochet small blankets for patients. On Saturday, she was working on a beautiful red, white and blue blanket, which are given to all hospice patients who are veterans. She also was selling raffle tickets for a large handmade blanket. Proceeds from the raffle will go to purchase more yarn for the volunteers to use to create more blankets for patients.
“You always need more yarn,” Evans said. “No matter how much you have, you can always use more. Hospice is a great group to be able to do this for and we’re just glad we’re able to do it.”
Many of the craft vendors at the Jubilee were busy working on new projects as they chatted with event attendees, including Nancy Jolley who makes unique outside home decorations featuring quilt patterns.
“I love quilts, but I can’t sew,” Jolley joked. This artist from Roaring River has been doing her quilt pattern artwork for two years now. Her husband, Keith, does upholstery and helps her cut and sand the boards she uses for her craft. The rest, she said, is all a matter of marking out the pattern with pencil and masking tape and painting the different colors for the pattern. Jolley said she also does custom pieces for those who are interested in a certain quilt pattern.
“We have had an absolutely wonderful day,” said event coordinator Judy Wolfe of the Jonesville History Center.
Kitsey E. Burns can be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.