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NO. R-289. JOINT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING THE PEA PICKER MUSICIANS OF BETHEL ON THEIR 35TH ANNIVERSARY.

(J.R.H. 228)

Offered by: Representative Holmes of Bethel.

Whereas, old-time American songs, enthusiastically sung to the strumming accompaniment of a guitar and banjo, are a crowd pleasing form of entertainment, and

Whereas, 35 years ago, recognizing the performance potential of this delightful repertoire, a group of talented musicians decided to form an ensemble, aptly named the “Pea Pickers”, and

Whereas, with Willis Stoddard’s vigorous fiddling, Bob Dean’s meticulous banjo picking, and Harry Bosworth enthusiastically fingering the guitar strings, as well as composing new selections in a traditional style, including his most enduring melody, “The Vermont Song,” the Pea Pickers have enjoyed wide acclaim, and

Whereas, this outstanding musical troupe’s orchestration was subsequently augmented by the rich saxophone tones of Olin Turner, and, more recently, guitarist Jonathan Stapleton has become a regular member of this fine ensemble, and

Whereas, the Pea Pickers are perhaps best know for their hilarious “Haw Hee Show”, which is their very special parody of the Hee-Haw television program, and

Whereas, the Pea Pickers have entertained the state’s solons at a Farmer’s Night concert, repeatedly regaled audiences at Grange Halls, senior citizen centers and the Women of the Masonic Temple’s Order of the Eastern Star, and

Whereas, the Pea Pickers have recorded their music for others to enjoy at home, and

Whereas, the Pea Pickers are a much cherished and admired community organization dedicated to assisting charitable institutions and brightening the lives of senior citizens in the Upper Valley, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its congratulations to the Pea Pickers as they celebrate 35 years of wonderful music making and a dedication to public service, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Bob Dean in Bethel.