Folk Society to open season at Great Aunt Stella Center

The Flowers Family Band from Mount Holly will be the featured performers. They have has been performing bluegrass and bluegrass gospel music together for more than seven years. Earlier this year, they competed for and won the title of “Best Bluegrass Band” at Fiddler's Grove.

Lead and harmony vocalist Alana Flowers, 19, has played banjo for 10 years and is also a guitarist. She captured first place in the Bluegrass Banjo competition at Fiddler's Grove in May. Thirteen-year old Hannah Flowers has been playing fiddle for eight years and sings lead for the group. She took second-place honors in the Junior Bluegrass Fiddle contest at Union Grove this year. Dillon Flowers' specialty is the mandolin. He is 10 years old and has been playing since he was 4. Dillon won the title of 2008 Junior Mandolin champion at Fiddler's Grove.

The Flowers Family Band has opened for Rhonda Vincent and the Rage and Cherryholmes. In July 2007, South Carolina ETV featured them on “Bluegrass Express.”The band has two CDs: “Praying” and “Coming Home.”

AUG. 8 – The Flowers Family Band and The Little Family.

SEPT. 12 – Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen.

SEPT. 8-21 – On stage at Festival in the Park, Freedom Park, 1409 East Blvd. See Web site for performance schedule.

OCT. 10 – Roy Book Binder, blues singing, guitar picking.

NOV. 14 – Carolina Gator Gumbo, Cajun music.

DEC. 7 - Holiday potluck dinner with Darin Aldridge & Brooke Justice, 5-10 p.m. in Broach Hall, St. John's Baptist Church, Hawthorne Lane. Bring a dish to share or donate $5.

JAN. 9 – Fayssoux McLean.

FEB. 6 – Bill Hicks, Jim Watson and Mike Craver with Joe Newberry.

MAR. 13 – Scottish traditional folksingers Sara Grey and Kieron Means.

APRIL 10 – Annual Young Talent Showcase.

MAY 8 – African stories and music of The Healing Force.

JUNE 12 – Down Home Stories with H.A. “Humpy Wheeler”.