Here are some pictures from the 1978 Carlisle Bluegrass Festival. I wrote about the festival last year. I was 12 years old in 1978, which means I was probably selling newspapers somewhere in the background of those pictures.
And here’s some Carlisle village history. The two schools in Carlisle, Victoria built in 1922 and Balaclava built in 1958, are both gone now. Victoria was torn down, and sits as a vacant lot; I went there for grades 4, 5 and 5. Balaclava, where I did grades 2 and 3, was replaced by a sleek modern school sometime in the last 20 years.
I used to deliver the paper to Mrs. Howard Green (mentioned in the section on Progreston), and also did some yard work for her. She used to give me orange pop and cookies when we took a break.
She lived across the street from what we used to call “the dam,” which is pictured here. There’s a railway bridge over the dam, and Len Taylor climbed up there in 1978 and spray-painted his name in white paint. It’s still there.