The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park will host its next event in the weekly “Lunch on the Lawn” series Friday, June 21 at 12 p.m., featuring Ron Short paying tribute to the areas coal miners by singing and playing coal mining music at this themed “Lunch on the Lawn.”

Ron Short is a veteran singer/songwriter/musician/playwright who was born in Dickenson County, Virginia. He is a multi-instrumentalist and his music ranges from Old Regular Baptist “lined-out” singing to new songs and styles of an Americana singer/songwriter. For the past thirty years he has performed with Roadside Theater throughout the world in venues as diverse as the Divadlo Theater in Brno, Czech Republic, Lincoln Center in New York City, and the National Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. to the Old Indian Bottom Baptist church, Blackey, Kentucky and the Farmers and Ranchers Hall in Choteau, Montana, and too many music festivals to name. He has written a dozen plays, with music, which have been produced by Roadside Theater, a branch of the multi-media cooperative Appalshop in Whitesburg, KY. He is a co-producer of “Music of Coal: Mining Songs from the Appalachian Coalfields”. He is also the musical director of Music of Coal concerts. He produced Lonesome Record’s “Appalachia: Music From Home,” a collection of Appalachian music which is the companion CD for the PBS Series, “Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People.” With his band The Possum Playboys he’s produced two CDs “Rooster Named Jack” and Hillbilly Highway.   

 The “Lunch on the Lawn” event is free and open to the public. Visitors may bring their own lunch or pre-order one from the Museum for $6 each. This week’s featured menu is bologna sandwich on white or wheat bread, chips, Little Debbie cake and choice of beverage.

Orders must be made in advance by 4 p.m. each Wednesday by calling the park at 276/523-1322.

The award-winning Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

For more information about Virginia State Parks’ activities and amenities or to make reservations in one of the more than 1,800 campsites or 300 climate-controlled cabins, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 800-933-PARK or visit www.virginiastateparks.gov.

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