This weekend’s Fiddlers! festival at the Roxbury Arts Group celebrates its 21st year in a performance space named for one of the most renowned and most enduring of our mountain fiddlers, Hilt Kelly. Here’s a write-up of a little get together, when by my reckoning Hilt would have been 15, probably the same age as the kids he entertained. Hope he got in on that gingerbread and ice cream.
February 7, 1941
Leighton Scudder entertained a dozen schoolmates at a party at his home on Saturday evening. To start things off, Leighton took everybody for an old-fashioned hay-ride, bells and everything. Upon their return, square dancing was in order, with music furnished by Hilton Kelly and Amos Kelder. Finally the young folks gathered around the fireplace and roasted hot dogs and topped off with home-made ice cream and gingerbread. Sounds like some party!