Article for the Monocacy Monacle about Poolesville 

Poolesville
Day 2009 in
Two Words:
More and
Better
By Rande Davis
It is always challenging to improve on a great thing, but the Poolesville Day Committee
for 2009 did it. This year’s program has more vendors, more food, more games, and more
music. All of which should add up to a community festival better than ever, so “Come Early,
Stay Late!” is again the motto for Poolesville Day 2009. Once again, the Monocle
devotes this issue to Poolesville Day with an everything you need to know program guide.
There you will find a map, a complete guide of vendors, and a schedule of musical performances.
Poolesville Day begins with the Poolesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s eighteenth
annual 5K race. Registration is open right up to half an hour before the start time
of 8:00 a.m. at the Poolesville Baptist Church. Changes in the parade include restoring the start time
to 10:00 a.m. rather than last year’s 9:30 a.m. The committee made a superb choice to honor
Roy and Betty Jean Selby as the grand marshals, and you will want to be there when a
new surprise marches by. It wouldn’t be a surprise if we told you what it is but here’s a
hint: your spirits will be lifted when this group drums by Fyfe Road.

Music, music, music, and more music will fill the streets! The main stage will feature
excellent music all day long finishing out with this year’s headliner band: Scott Bandy
and the Texas Heat. Country music is ready to roar in the country. Throughout the day,
eight bands will perform in five locations between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.: The Poolesville
Band Project, the Jim Bowie Band, the Bob Lauder Band, Doug Bell, Grasshopper, Rude
Boy River Reggae, Scatterpoint, and—oops, we can’t name the last one since it’s a surprise.
There will be more children’s rides and vendors to add to favorite attractions like
the livestock display; the classic car, truck, and motorcycle display; and Kid’s Korner.
This year’s Poolesville Day would not have been possible without the financial
support of the many sponsors who stepped forward to contribute to the festival. The
committee would like to thank the Town of Poolesville for its annual contribution that funds
the children’s rides and festival tents.
Other contributors include:
Winchester Homes,
Huron Consulting, Covanta Energy
Montgomery, Townsend
and Halbrook Mortgage, M&T
Bank, Harris Teeter, BB&T
Bank, Sen. Rob Garagiola, and
support by Smith Litho and the
Monocacy Monocle.

Why Is it So Hot On Poolesville Day?
By Dominique Agnew
The weather in Maryland can certainly be unpredictable and quirky at times—hot in December,
cold in June. With the changing of the seasons, who knows what we’ll wake up to
on Poolesville Day: sunshine, clouds, rain—maybe snow showers—never say never. No
matter how the day dawns, one thing is for certain, by 2:30 p.m., Whalen Commons
will be sizzlin’…with Texas Heat—Scott Bandy and Texas Heat, that is.
Although Bandy brings heat of the Texan kind, by way of Nashville, he’s a local
of the Maryland kind, born and raised. His band mates, Tommy Alderson (who unfortunately
for us is on tour with Deep Purple in Europe—“he works on guitars like nobody,”
adds Bandy—poor guy, he must be wishing he could be in Poolesville instead of
Switzerland) on guitars will be replaced by Garrick Alden—“they’re the best on the
East Coast”—, Don Herscher on percussion, and Mike Chakwin on piano, all hail from Maryland
or nearby and are renowned musicians in their own rights up and
down the East Coast to points west into Nashville, Tennessee.
Bandy came into his musicianship as a birthright, one could say. His father, before his untimely
death at the age of twenty-three, had just begun his career as a guitarist,
and he has uncles who are professional musicians. “I didn’t really have a choice,” he says, adding
that playing the guitar “came natural.” He has the guitar—and he has that voice: unmistakably
mellifluous and just plain perfect. Most important to his music is his
composing. First and foremost, he would say he’s a writer. In his spare time, Bandy performs
and writes with three other bands—“it’s all I do”—all country. “There’s a little different flavor
with each band,” he explains. “The difference is the sound. It keeps it
fresh…it keeps me busy.”
Looking to the future, Bandy hopes to expand his writing to be performed by Nashville-based
musicians. “I just wanna get all my thoughts on tape,” he says. “I hope to make a comfortable living—not trying to be a big star—but I do wanna write.” He may end up writing for his children some day, especially his three-year-old who walks around with a guitar and a microphone. “I don’t think she has a choice,” Bandy laughs. Bringing a serious country baritone and tight, well-developed compositions, Texas Heat is sure to please lovers of all musical persuasions with their “unique
brand of hard thumpin’…heart wrenchin’…foot stompin’…no tears in my beer, dammit…not so
predictable…please, don’t leave me…buckle warmin’…gitter done…ain’t no fear in me neither,
by gawd…outlaw country music!” and to bring down the house at the end of Poolesville Day.
Scott Bandy was the 2003 Regional Finalist for the USA Network’s popular “Nashville Star”
music competition. Texas Heat has just released their third CD, Stormy Weather, original music composed by Bandy. “Everything’s recorded in Nashville,” says Bandy

Scott Bandy  and Texas Heat headline the entertainment at Poolesville Day 2009.

Scott and Chillbilly play for our wounded troops  

Saturday November 7, 2009
Chillbilly LIVE show for the "Wounded Warriors"
 
Saturday was a great day as we got to share some time with the wounded soldiers at the National Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. For all they sacrifice for all of us to stay safe here at home, it was our honor to play for them. Special guests were country superstars Tim McGraw and The Dancehall Doctors, Faith Hill and Keith Anderson. It was also a treat for us when Keith Anderson got up and sang his smash hit "Pickin' Wildflowers" with the band. The folks at the base were very nice to us and we had a great time. The highlight of the day for me, was when the Command Master Chief presented each of us with a coin of recognition. It's one of the highest honors a civilian can receive from the military and we are very honored and very proud to have received it. I, personally, will treasure it for life. I look forward to going back and visiting with our vets again and hopefully doing another show. To the soldiers, we salute you for your service and thank you for keeping us safe here at home. Also, thanks to Sharon Willis for asking us to be a part of it.

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