At the March 24 Open Jam, two historical instruments were placed in the Willis Gap Community Center.
A historical Appalachian Dulcimer donated by a member (Les Edgell), director of the Order of the Open Jam, who purchased the instrument about 30 years ago in the mountain town of Brevard, N.C. He played it a little, but now wanted others to see and enjoy it, which is why he donated it to the Willis Gap Community Center.
A historical Banjo also was donated by Rick Sebastian, who plays banjo and guitar and often attends the Open Jam events. Sebastian said he recalled his Grandpa played the banjo, and “also, I feel fellowship and a warm welcome when I enter the Willis Gap Community Center and wanted them to have it.”
Wooden display boxes were handmade especially for the instruments and donated by member Waymond Dawson.
The center is located at 144 The Hollow Road in Ararat