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Fruit Jar Pickers to hold final performance
The Fruit Jar Pickers, who have been delighting local audiences for 17 years, will hold their final performance on Sunday, June 18, at the Rough and Ready Grange Hall.

The loose-knit band, known for its bluegrass style of sing-along music, has had as many as 28 performers over the years, according to Red Sagraves, one of the founding members.

“Originally, a few of us got together on the front porch of the Rough and Ready Market,” Sagraves recalled. “Soon more local musicians joined in, including DoBro player and anchor Everette Burkard. His skill, patience and generosity helped us become something of a local fixture.”

In addition to playing each Sunday morning in Rough and Ready, the Fruit Jar Pickers often played again in the afternoons at Nevada County’s retirement homes or convalescent hospitals.

“Over the years, we got to know many of the residents and patients,” Burkard said. “Their willingness to sing along and connect was inspirational and something we will always remember fondly. Many said we helped them get through a tough patch in their lives.”

The band’s final performance will go from 10 a.m. to noon and “it will be free of charge and fun,” Sagraves promised.

It also will be bittersweet, he said.

“We will miss each other as well as our many loyal friends who’d sing along with us each Sunday, but all good things come to an end.”
Photo by banjo player Janet Burton
Red Sagraves (left), Everette Burkard and the Fruit Jar Pickers will perform together for the last time on June 18 in Rough and Ready.