The Times photo by Betsy Reason
Noblesville Township Trustee Tom Kenley presents a $1,000 check from the Trustee’s Office, to Janet Gilray, executive director of Legacy Keepers Music, which provides a free “String-Time Concert Series” on the Courthouse Square and  . They gathered recently at Old Picket Fence Antiques to celebrate with Dan Wethington, of Cornfields & Crossroads band (from left); Jean Roberts, of Blackberry Jam folk band; Addison McMillan, guest singer;Don Wethington as Santa, Juanita Wethington as Mrs. Claus; and Kathy Foster, co-owner with husband, Bob Foster, of Hedgehog Music Showcase in Arcadia.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason Noblesville Township Trustee Tom Kenley presents a $1,000 check from the Trustee’s Office, to Janet Gilray, executive director of Legacy Keepers Music, which provides a free “String-Time Concert Series” on the Courthouse Square and . They gathered recently at Old Picket Fence Antiques to celebrate with Dan Wethington, of Cornfields & Crossroads band (from left); Jean Roberts, of Blackberry Jam folk band; Addison McMillan, guest singer;Don Wethington as Santa, Juanita Wethington as Mrs. Claus; and Kathy Foster, co-owner with husband, Bob Foster, of Hedgehog Music Showcase in Arcadia.
I was glad to hear that the String-Time Concert Series expects to return to the Hamilton County Courthouse Square in 2018.
That’s thanks to Legacy Keepers Music, a nonprofit that has received an early Christmas gift from the Noblesville Township Trustee’s office in a donation of $1,000.
The concert series debuted in July in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Legacy Keepers, an educational charity that Noblesville’s Janet Gilray started in 2007 to offer musical family programming.
The series brought in folk and country bands and some lovely young voices, playing “old-time” music in downtown Noblesville.
"We couldn't be more thrilled than to have the support of our Noblesville Township Trustee Offices," said Gilray, Legacy Keepers’ executive director. 
"We thank Mr. Tom Kenley and his board of directors for thinking of Legacy Keepers during this season of giving. It really puts a song in our hearts,” said Gilray. 
"A gift this size will definitely allow us to hire more musicians for our ‘String-Time on the Square’ concert series in the coming year,” she said. “With this amount, we'll get the 2018 fundraising for our free family concerts off to a really good start. We may even be able to add another date or two to our series.
A total of nearly a thousand people came to enjoy and support the five free music programs, Gilray said. Each event was free and open to the public, courtesy of local sponsors and volunteers from the Noblesville-based nonprofit.
“String-Time on the Square” started on the Hamilton County Courthouse Square in summer 2017 in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Legacy Keepers Music. The series featuring country, folk and bluegrass bands, included four “old-timey” evening concerts on the Courthouse lawn during July and August, and then culminated with a Pioneer Party Music Fest and Mercantile in September at Forest Park in Noblesville. 
“We're hosting our concert series simply because we want to share the music we love and encourage others to play ‘old-time’ (music),” she said.
“Our band members are veteran players who love seeing youngsters take an interest in this style,” said Gilray. She recently gathered with Kenley and string-band members at the Old Picket Fence Antiques. Gilray plays guitar and sings “Miss Melody’s Antique Stories and Songs” on the second Saturday morning of each month at the antique store, at 9th and Logan streets on the Square in downtown Noblesville. The program runs throughout the school year. Legacy Keepers also provides scholarships to the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Boot Camp each summer. 
For information or to make a donation to the nonprofit, call Gilray at (317) 919-6188.
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