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Mountain Music and Medicine show bids adieu

Award-winning program ends run after 12 years

POSTED: October 3, 2013 1:00 a.m.

The multiple award-winning Mountain Music and Medicine Show will host its final show Saturday after a 12-year run at the Historic Holly Theatre in Dahlonega.

The old-time live radio variety show is set between the Gold Rush era of the early 1800s to the 1950s in Dahlonega when the fictional “Doc” Johnson’s traveling Miracle Medicine Show came to town to peddle “Wizard Water” elixir and showcase local musical acts.

“When we started this, we wanted to make sure we depicted Appalachia in an accurate, but humorous, way,” said longtime show writer and producer, Mel Hawkins. “That way we could promote the history and culture of the Appalachian people in an entertaining way.

“It was a sellout hit from the first show.”

The show began in January 2001 and ran monthly until 2007, when it switched to a bimonthly schedule. Every show is taped and later broadcast statewide on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “On Stage” radio program. It airs at 8 p.m. every second Saturday of the month and 11 p.m. the following Tuesday.

The program has won three awards from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters for “Best Locally Produced Program” in the state, a rare feat for a program entirely run on a volunteer basis. It takes between 25 and 35 people to produce any given show.

“We’ve had a good core group of volunteers,” Hawkins said. “But 12 years is a long time to do something.

“We’re still putting on a good show, so we wanted to go out while we’re on top.”

Saturday’s event will feature performances by folk and bluegrass band Curley Maple, local duet Tom and Juli and old-time country band The Buzzard Mountain Boys, who have been regulars on the show for the past six years.

Although this is the last regularly scheduled program, Doc Johnson and the gang will return for a reunion show in October 2014.

The warm-up show will start at 7:30 p.m. and the regular broadcast starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Holly Theatre at 706-864-3759 or visit www.hollytheater.com.


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