Doc Watson tribute concert benefits TCPO
by Whitney Weaver
Toes were tapping Saturday evening as bluegrass music echoed through the river valley in Todd.
Many were in attendance at Walter and Anne Cook Park as the Todd Community Preservation Organization (TCPO) presented the Doc Watson Tribute Concert featuring the music of the Kruger Brothers, Wayne Henderson, and Charles Welch.
For the last decade, Doc Watson performed in Todd every August, with proceeds from his concerts supporting the endurance of “traditional mountain music” in the community. Following Watson’s passing this summer, the TCPO brought together some of Watson’s “closest musical friends” for a fitting tribute. Linda Foulsham, president of the TCPO said that this concert was the community’s way of “saying ‘thank you’ to Doc” who, through his contributions “really sustained the community.”
Established in 2000, the TCPO is a nonprofit organization whose “mission is to create a sustainable community while preserving Todd’s rich history, natural beauty and culture.” The TCPO maintains Todd’s two parks in addition to hosting a variety of community events including a free summer concert series. Foulsham said the purpose of such events is to “make people aware of Todd, to attract tourism, and to bring the community together.”
For more information about events in the Todd community, visit www.toddnc.org.
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