‘Pickin’ n Grinnin’ celebrates 18 years
Grand celebration planned for Oct. 12
DINWIDDIE — The second Friday night of every month for the last 18 years, Roger Buffalow and The Glorybound Singers along with The Dinwiddie Diamonds have sponsored an open mic gospel night for the Dinwiddie County community.
On Friday, Oct. 13, 2000 a near tragedy almost kept Roger Buffalow, the MC and lead singer of the Glorybound Singers from starting the first Pickin’ n Grinnin’ for the Lord open mic gospel event. Buffalow nearly cut off his finger while hooking up the band trailer preparing for the event. Through his dedication to the event as many as 150 people have attended in a single night.
In the last 18 years, the “Pickin’ n Grinnin’ for the Lord” open mic has seen approximately 50 different performers. Various gospel bands, solo performers, poets, comedians and actors perform songs, recite poetry, and act out skits.
Pickin’ n Grinnin’ for the Lord has witnessed talent from near and far, including Ann Markham of North Carolina, The Bandy Family of Salem, Virginia, The Glorybound Singers of Dinwiddie, The Whirley Brothers, Good News Gospel, Barbara Foster, In His Time, Sue Bence, and many more.
Local acts like South Hill’s Hallelujah Sound, Bill Newman and True Spirit from Prince George, Woody Rackley, Little Richard Taylor, Ryan Holden, Pastor Faye LaPrade of Lawrenceville, Spirit of Youth of Petersburg, Voices of Heaven from Blackstone, Pastor Earnest “Chuck Berry” Farrar, Jerry Lee Davis of Matoaca, David Everhart of South Chesterfield, comedian Bill Odom of Hopewell, and even professional steel guitar player Al Bashem of Oklahoma have been in attendance. The event has also inspired people who have never performed or played an instrument to find and nurture their talent.
Throughout Pickin’ n Grinnin’s 18 years, participants have not only received God through music, but new friends were made, and some even found love; such as Mike and Kerry Shell, who met and began dating in 2005 and married in 2006.
The event has become a once-a-month family reunion and community gathering. As with many families, the community has lost several loved ones such as 11-time state champion dobro player Robert Whirley, Walter Bandy, Ann Markham, Pastor Gary Atkins of Dinwiddie Baptist Church, Marjorie Walker, Booty Cheek, Merlin Wilkinson, Spike and Alice Maitland, Charlotte Garrett, Eddie Pearce and more.
Pickin’ n Grinnin’ for the Lord has reached out to help the community when they can. Throughout the 18 years, the event has supported Relay For Life of Dinwiddie/ American Cancer Society by raising over $10,000. It has put together many benefits to serve those in need in the community. This event also takes the time to honor veterans and thank them for their service.
On Oct. 12 at 6 p.m., The Pickin’ n Grinnin’ for the Lord open mic will host an 18 year anniversary grand celebration at the Eastside Enhancement Center, 7301 Boydton Plank Road in Dinwiddie. Roger Buffalow and The Glorybound Singers, The Dinwiddie Diamonds, and Dinwiddie Parks and Recreation invite everyone who has shared and enjoyed talent over the last 18 years to come back share and enjoy their talent with everyone once again.
If you sang a song, played an instrument, read a poem, told a joke or acted in a skit, come back and help with the grand celebration. All are welcome.
For more information, call Roger Buffalow at 804469-4884 or Kerry Shell at 804-469-4920.