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Toledo Blade reporter Tahree Lane plays bass in the Cottonwood Jam String Band.A musical group that “plays a rollicking stew of American roots music” is the next performance scheduled for the Hayes Presidential Center’s Verandah Concerts. Members of the Cottonwood Jam String Band perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 6on the grounds of Spiegel Grove. Admission to this outdoor family event is FREE thanks to sponsorship from Fremont Federal Credit Union.

Everyone also is invited to take part in an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social that begins at 6:45 p.m. Concert attendees are reminded to bring their own seat and come prepared for the weather. In the event of thunderstorms, the concert will be canceled.

verandah concerts are made possible through the generosity of fremont federal credit union.The Cottonwood Jam String Band formed in 2008 and plays a repertoire of Bluegrass, 19th- and early 20th-century folk, Appalachian, gospel, Irish, and Cajun music. Its members hail from Bowling Green, Maumee, and Toledo. Spencer Cunningham is band leader and plays banjo, guitar, and mandolin. He teaches photography at the University of Findlay. Tahree Lane is the band’s bass player. Her day job for 29 years is being a reporter for the Toledo Blade, where she writes about the arts, authors, and gardens. Mary Clayton plays guitar. She is a teacher for Tontogany, Ohio, schools and is a board member of the Northwest Ohio Traditional Music & Dance Association. Renata Burgett, who is an Information Technology professional at Owens Corning, plays fiddle. She attended Mark O’Conner’s fiddle camp in Nashville and has performed in Ireland with a local band.

This is Cottonwood Jam String Band’s first Verandah Concertperformance. They were part of last year’s schedule, but were rained out. The group has appeared at Harrison Rally Days in Perrysburg, at Lakeside, the Toledo Farmer’s Market, and Walbridge Park Community Days. They also have performed for numerous private gatherings and weddings.