Stories In Song And Music Certain To Move You
Each year Delta Kappa Gamma and Friends of Maury County Parks provide musical entertainment for the Mule Day Liars Contest in order to promote the annual First Farmers and Merchants Bank Train Stop Storytelling Festival. This year’s festival will be held May 3rd and 4th in Maury County Park.
“This year marks the eleventh annual storytelling festival and we are doing something a little different”, said Sonjalyn Dickson Rine recreation specialist for Maury County Parks and Recreation. “This year the festivals main focus will be on music. We have invited some very talented artist to come share their stories in song and music with us and two very talented acts will give folks a sneak peek during the Mule Day Liars Contest.”
Runaway Freight will perform again this year. Runaway Freight is an energetic, fun-loving, and entertaining bluegrass band full of surprises. You never know what they will ‘pull out of the hat’ at their shows, but it’s guaranteed to be a fun time to those of all ages and this year we guest are in for a special treat as Maury County’s own Logan Blade takes the stage.
Blade, a graduate of Culleoka Unit School was diagnosed with autism at age two. According to Darlene Blade, Logan’s mom, “Logan could no longer speak. All the words he had learned were gone but by age four he began to hum and today he sings like an angel.” Blade sang in the Culleoka school chorus for six years. Blade can hear a song once and know it by heart. He plays keyboard and is learning the guitar.
Blade’s chorus experience has taken him Center Court at an Atlanta Hawks Basketball game; Disney Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida; ant the NATO convention in Norfolk, Virginia where the chorus performed for 28 world leaders.
Blade has performed solo at the World Famous Blue Bird Café and has been invited for an encore performing Tuesday, April 9, 2013, for an autism awareness event. “When I first heard Logan sing I knew we had to have him perform at our storytelling festival and that we must share his amazing talent with our guest at Mule Day”, Rine said.
“When you get the Autism Diagnosis you lose hope and you lose it fast but Logan is a blessing to all that know him and know his story.
We don’t know what the world has to offer Logan but Logan has a lot to offer the world”, stated Darlene Blade.