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Please mark your calendars now for our annual Holiday Potluck & Jam on Sunday, December 7, 5:00-10:00 PM. Please note this year’s location! Our end-of-year celebration will take place in Broach Hall at St. John’s Baptist Church, 300 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte. The Potluck Dinner will begin at 6:00 PM; please bring a dish to share or contribute $5 towards our expenses. Come at 5:00 PM for pre-dinner jamming or to join Salem Macknee in a holiday song circle. The Potluck is open to the public and you’re invited to bring friends and family.

Our custom at the Potluck is to draw names of new and renewed members for door prizes. Be sure to renew your membership so you’ll be eligible! If you have a CD or some other item you’d like to donate as a door prize, please contact Wanda Hubicki. As is also our custom, we’ll take a few minutes to elect new members to the Folk Society Board of Directors and to recognize those retiring from the board. We will also draw the winning names in the raffles of the violin and the mandolin donated by The Violin Shoppe.

Around 7:15 PM, we’ll enjoy a very special program when Darin Aldridge and Brooke Justice perform a set of seasonal songs, bluegrass style. MySpace page here. We’ll pass the hat for donations for the performers afterwards. Folks will then be welcome to jam until the Potluck ends at PM.
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The CFS Holiday Potluck is made possible, in part, through a Cultural Project Grant from the Arts & Science Council and the Grassroots Program of the North Carolina Arts Council.

Those of you who attended our 25th Anniversary Concert last October will no doubt remember Darin Aldridge and Brooke Justice and their striking bluegrass duet. The couple, who will be married this December 27th, met at church three years ago. They’ve been singing together at festivals and fairs and in churches since 2006. Darin’s light, pleasant tenor and Brooke’s powerful, high alto blend in that classic bluegrass style that gives a listener spine-tingling chills. They have recently released a gospel recording, I’ll Go With You, on Pinecastle Records, and perform frequently with the Darin Aldridge/Brooke Justice Quintet.

Darin Aldridge ranks among the top bluegrass mandolinists. The Cherryville, North Carolina native joined Charlie Waller and The Country Gentlemen right out of high school. He toured with the band for seven years and, during that time, earned four nominations for Bluegrass Mandolin Player of the Year in Nashville. In the mid-‘90s he played mandolin with Acoustic Syndicate. For the past several years, Darin has been on tour with the bluegrass supergroup The Circuit Riders. Darin is also a busy music instructor, producer, songwriter, and studio session musician.

Brooke Justice is a young woman who has been singing since the age of five. Her faith and her family have been her two sources of inspiration to sing. Brooke’s parents encouraged her, as a child, to enter singing competitions, in hopes that someone would discover her talent. In 2004, she finished third in a talented group of 100+ hopefuls in the Nashville Star regional competition in Columbus, Georgia. In 2007, Brooke recorded her first CD and landed a contract with Pinecastle Records. Brooke loves to witness to her faith through song and she has awed audiences from church houses to MerleFest with her amazing voice.

Darin Aldridge and Brooke Justice will make this year’s Potluck a memorable one. Watch video and sample songs from I’ll Go With You at their MySpace page.