Neavill’s Grove

The Marlinaires to perform
at 123rd Neavill’s Grove picnic

Event features many family activities

By Konnie McCollum
Staff Writer

(August 2008) – For 123 years on the last Saturday in August, folks in the area have gathered for fun and friendship at a beautiful and historic community picnic and recreation grounds in Jefferson County, Ind.

Michelle Marlin

Photo provided

Michelle Marlin of The Marlinaires
performs at a recent concert. Her family
will sing at Neavill's Grove in August.

This year’s annual Old Settler’s Meeting at Neavill’s Grove will be held on Aug. 29-31. A spaghetti dinner at 5 p.m. will start the festivities on Friday, Aug. 29, followed by a 7 p.m. fiddle contest. Prizes will be awarded during the contest.
As part of the entertainment during the weekend, the Marlinaires, a Louisville, Ky.-based musical trio will perform their repertoire of pop, country, rock and R&B. The group will hold two performances from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, and from 7-9 p.m. Sunday.
“We are excited to have the Marlinaires at our annual event,” said organizer Bill Ford. “They are a beloved group who has followed in the footsteps of their kinsman, legendary fiddler Sleepy Martin.”
Jack Marlin plays guitar, fiddle and banjo for the group. His daughter, Michelle, is lead vocalist, while her brother, Chris Marlin, blends in with his rhythm guitar and vocals. The trio performs hundreds of shows throughout the year around Kentucky and Indiana.
Other entertainers will be performing throughout the weekend, including a 6 p.m. Saturday evening line dancing performance by Indiana Boots and Jean and a 1 p.m. gospel concert on Sunday. Freddie B at the Keyboard will bring his mix of country, golden oldies and easy listening to the event at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Other events during the weekend include a talent contest, bake-off, horse shoe-pitching, cornhole tournaments, and a Sunday worship service. The 28th annual Talent Contest, which begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, is for children in grades K-12. There will be prizes awarded in three divisions, and there is no entry fee.
“We have hundreds of people attend our annual celebration,” said Ford. “It is just old-fashioned family fun that everyone seems to enjoy.”
The Annual Old Settler’s Meeting at Neavill’s Grove is the oldest continuous civic event in Jefferson County to meet in the same location under the same name. The first meeting was held on the last Saturday of August in 1885. The event, which is still held each year on the last Saturday in August, was made into a three-day event in 1984. The festival, which includes music, games, antique tractors, homemade ice cream and more, is included on the Library of Congress Local Legacy Register.
The event is strongly supported by all phases of the community. It is open to everyone who enjoys family fun, fellowship, good food, games and entertainment. No alcoholic beverages are allowed.
Neavill’s Grove is located about seven miles northwest of Madison, Ind., near Volga, on Deputy Pike. It has many fine beech and other shade trees. It also has an auditorium, picnic tables, benches, modern restrooms and a shelter house with fully equipped kitchen.

• For more information, call Kenny Hord at (812) 273-1895, Bill Ford at (812) 866-2891) or LaVerne Austin at (812) 866-4656.

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