We think most folks know our story, our origins in Cedar Run, Al Wilson moving back home to Dublin, Va, thus beginning our new band in 2008, King Street Bluegrass. Playing on the street, watching the Alexandria canines, and other scenery, while they listened to our music in Freddi's Alley, across from the Fish Market. Meeting our friends who would busk and jam with us on the street, soon becoming well known as their own bands, most notably Roger Hart's Alpha Dog Blues, and Split String Soup. Friends who…Read more
Copperthite Racetrack Historic Marker Celebration
On Sunday (July 31) at: the former site of the Copperthite Racetrack (also known as the Burke Station Racetrack) in Burke, Va. Why: The former racetrack, which was built in 1908, is now the site of the Burke Nursery and Garden Centre. The track was built by Henry Copperstite who at that time owned the largest pie company in the country and for that fact was known as the "King of Pie." The track conducted its first harness race on July 4, 1908 and was considered one of the finest half-mile tracks of its day. One of the judges that day was William Miller who would later be the founder of Rosecroft Raceway. It had a grandstand that seated 2,000 spectators with 75 stalls, each 12 x 12, that housed horses owned by many Washington DC dignitaries. Festivities start at 9:30 and include: - Model T Ford auto show; -music by King Street Bluegrass; -exhibition harness race with Betsy Brown -period dress and reenactments; -harness racing Q & A with Harness Racing author and journalist Freddie Hudson -blacksmith display by Ace Farrier Arthur Lisi Jr -kid activities including USTA coloring books; -SRF horse rescue fund raising -pies from the Copperthite Pie Company; and much more!