EAST DIXFIELD — The Countryfolk Music Theatre, Route 2, held a youth music scholarship weekend/Mountain Man Rendezvous recently and provided local youths with nearly $1,000 in music scholarships. 

Larry Bisbee, operator of the project, said, “We are so pleased with the volunteers and donations that have made this all possible. For the first time we are able to send two youths to music/theater camp at Camp Mechuwana in Winthrop for a week through our scholarships and a partnership with the camp.”

Scholarships were awarded this year in memory of Steve Bull and to all past, present and future members of the Old Crow Band for their 50-plus years of community music and support of youth musicians. 

Krystal Blood and Erich Zurhorst, recipients, will attend camp for a week, directed by musician-playwright Mitch Thomas of Lewiston, formerly of Livermore Falls.

Other scholarships went toAdam Mitchell, 14, of
Fayette, Dakota Rich, 4, of Jay, and Lucas Mitchell, 10, of Fayette. Another award will go to a Downeast Country Music Association youth this fall from the
Countryfolk Music Theatre in memory of Linda Latham, who died in a car accident a year ago.  

Blood, of East Dixfield, is a clarinet player performing with the Dirigo Middle School band, jazz band and chorus. She has performed with the Kennebec Valley Music Festival, was an actress in the “Barefoot Country Girl” movie, has sung the national anthem on numerous occasions at the Countryfolk Music Theatre since she was 9, sings in her church choir and has performed with her grandfather, Lonnie Blood of New Vineyard, at Countryfolk.

Zurhorst, 15, of Rumford, plays piano, trumpet, violin and is an actor. He played a role in
the movie, “Barefoot Country Girl.” He attends
Mountain Valley High School. Zurhorst has performed in
the Mid-Maine Youth Orchestra and studies jazz and dance with Boston City

For more information about the Countryfolk Music Theatre Youth Music Scholarship Project, contact Bisbee at 645-7531.

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