A group of fiddlers based in Reeds Spring performed at the White House on December 19th.
Members of the Possum Holler Fiddlers, which are sponsored by the non-profit Reeds Spring based Ozark Mountain Music, is comprised of members aged 11 to 20 who live throughout Ozark Mountain Country.
A traditional fiddle camp was started in 2008 by Karlene McGill and her husband, Robert, who contacted the White House last summer. McGill says she took a leap of faith and charged the airline tickets on her personal credit card when the invitation to the White House was extended.
The group has played at Silver Dollar City and various venues in Branson and even got to travel to Scotland to play last year.
McGill says the group needs about $3,000 to cover their expenses. "It's almost like they're in a trance, they can't believe were gonna get to do this. We thought the trip to Scotland was probably the ultimate, but when we got the invitation to the White House we thought oh my gosh, THIS is the ultimate...what an honor."
The group performed twice on the 19th and got to tour the White House, the U-S Capitol and other landmarks in the nation's capitol before returning home.
Contributions to help cover the cost of the trip can be mailed to Ozark Mountain Music, P.O. Box 36, Reeds Spring, MO 65737.
For more information, contact Bob or Karlene McGill at 417-230-5530.