OXFORD -- An evening of good food and good music is planned Saturday, when Newton Trails-Path Foundation Inc., also known as Newton Trails, hosts Harvest Picking at Old Church in Oxford.
A fundraiser for Newton Trails, the event will feature musical entertainment, door prizes and food concessions. Sales of hamburgers, hot dogs and other concessions will get under way at 5 p.m. under a tent on the lawn of the church, located on Wesley Street. Entertainment will begin at 6 p.m.
Featured artists include Brian David and Plain-Spoken Folk, a blues and folk band "occasionally crossing over into gospelesque country-fried funk," according to a press release issued by Newton Trails. Also on the line-up are David Leinweber, an Oxford professor by day and musician/songwriter by night and weekends, who plays guitar and piano, and Perri and Dan Walden, who will play old-time music from the Appalachian mountains on fiddle, guitar and banjo.
Throughout the evening, drawings will take place for gift certificates and merchandise from local businesses including Hampton Inn, The Oaks Course, C-Town Bikes, the Covington-Newton County Visitors Center and the Southern Sun Soap Factory. The event will wind down at 8 p.m.
"This will be a fun evening, in a historic setting, for a great cause," said Newton Trails Chairman Maurice Carter. "The funds we raise allow us to continue working with our local governments on paved multi-use trails for the health and economic well-being of Newton County. But, this event is also an opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate what we've accomplished and what we hope to see take root now for our future."
Money raised will be used to fund general operations of the organization and to contribute to ongoing trail efforts in the county. While the organization likely won't have enough funds to help finish out the trails the county is in the process of building, it may contribute signage, benches and other amenities, Carter said.
Tickets for admission are $10 per individual and $25 per family and can be purchased online at www.newtontrails.org or at the door the night of the event.
A work day on the Oxford Trail will take place earlier in the day, from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are needed to cut back vegetation and make other improvements to ready the trail for winter.
Interested volunteers can learn more by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newton Trails is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a county network of hard-surfaced, multi-use trails for pedestrians and bicyclists.