Thursday, August 4, 2011

Deadwood Days Revisited

Because the 31st annual Steppin' Out fair starts tomorrow it seemed like a good time to reflect on the beginning of it all.  You already know about the history of Deadwood Days from your own memories, or my earlier post, so I just wanted to share a few more photos from those old festival days. Let me know if you see anyone you recognize here.  Enjoy. (Remember you can click on the photo to enlarge it).


  1. Just heard from the guy who is pictured above singing into the microphone next to the banner. His name is Dick Mitchell. He and Jeff Clare wrote songs and played together as “Me and Jeff,” and then had a band called “Catawba,” that played at 117 and other places pretty often. They even made an album, which was only released on 8-Track. Lang Atwater was on bass and Sandy DeWitt drums, when they played Deadwood Days where that picture was taken in 1979. Dick was visiting from NY at that time, but until 1975 he was a biology professor at Va Tech.

  2. Those were great days indeed. We played all orginal tunes from that album, "Friends, Lovers and Causes" and had a blast. I would love to reconnect with those old boys. Always wondered what happened to Sandy, Dick and Jeff and another cat who played with us later by the name of, Evan Evans III. Books, Strings and Things was THE place to hang out, Gillies too. I worked at The Media Annex building with Jerry Scheeler who is still there.
    Met a coed, fell in love, married and moved away to the big city.
    Best to all, Lang Atwater.