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When 18 year old banjo prodigy Houston Caldwell died in a motorcycle accident, gone too soon was a gifted musician, a born leader, a soldier, a firefighter, a brother and a son.
Today Houston’s vision of continuing the musical tradition of the region and dedication to community service is living on through a special event entitled HoustonFest.
In support of this effort the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities recently awarded HoustonFest a $5,000 grant that is making it possible for the legacy of this young man to continue on.
This grant was announced with a letter of award presented to HoustonFest Organizers at a day-long workshop attended by Festival Director, Debbie Robinson along with Co-Director Tony Hatcher and Financial Director Wanda Hatcher on January 28, 2011, according to a news release.
“We are pleased that the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities has offered to support HoustonFest by awarding a grant to Galax Volunteer Fire Department to offset some of the expenses of presenting HoustonFest,” says HoustonFest Director Debbie Robinson.
VFH supports research, education, and programs in the humanities to assist individuals and communities to understand the past and its influence, to question and resolve issues in the present, and to shape a future committed to the common good.
Their mission is to understand our past and confront issues in the present, in order to help shape a more promising future.
HoustonFest is an embodiment of the VFH mission.
Houston Caldwell was committed to this region, music, service, and teaching through his passion and devotion. HoustonFest was created in his honor. “Our direction is toward education, interpretation, and performances that show the context of regional culture,” stated the grant request by HoustonFest.
HoustonFest: “A Celebration of Song and Service” will take place May 6-7, 2011, at Felts Park in Galax.
While the festival will showcase many bluegrass & Old-time musicians, HoustonFest will educate attendees on the music and craftsmanship of this region.
VFH funds will be used to assist in the presentation of workshop/panels to be presented during HoustonFest. The workshops are geared toward education, interpretation and performances that show the context of regional culture.