The Music in My Head – 7/17/17

7/17/17: ZZ Top “La Grange” The iconic riff from ZZ Top’s “La Grange” can be heard in plenty of movies and TV shows, in WWE entrances and advertisements for Wrangler jeans. It’s one of the best-known songs the tres hombres from Texas ever made, and its subject is just as racy as you’d expect after listening to pretty much any of ZZ Top’s albums: a brothel. The “Chicken Ranch” was an illegal, but tolerated, brothel just outside of La Grange that operated in the same place for over six decades, from 1905 until 1973. “Miss Jessie” Williams bought 10...

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Hometown Hero: Greg Bell

This week’s hometown hero is Greg Bell, Festival Director for the Eno River Association.  Greg has been a fundamental part of the annual “Festival for the Eno,” which celebrated its 38th anniversary this past weekend. The Festival for the Eno is presented by the Eno River Association, North Carolina’s oldest land trust.  The association recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, and still holds true to the goals of preventing impoundment of the Eno River and to get people out to the water.  They focus on preservation of over 7,000 acres. The Festival for the Eno features food, games, dancing, live...

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Hometown Hero: Emma Jenkins-Sullivan

This week’s Hometown Hero is Emma Jenkins-Sullivan, Program Coordinator for Food for the Summer.   The Food for the Summer program is dedicated to providing local children with lunches during the summer months. Last year, the Food for the Summer program provided 48,000 lunches to children in the community who rely on school lunches for their daily nutrition and who may not have access to a meal for lunch in the summer months.  Over 650 volunteers provided children, ages one to eighteen, with a meal prepared by city school employees at 13 different open sites. “If kids are hungry during...

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