Pickin’ in Papa John’s memory

Bluegrass music echoed throughout the grounds of the historic Hagood Mill all day on Saturday as the fourth annual Papa John Foster Memorial Music Festival drew hundreds to the site, located off U.S. 178 north of Pickens. The festival is a benefit for the Young Appalachian Musicians (YAM) program, which teaches traditional southern Appalachian music to Pickens County students in the third through eighth grade. Above, a YAM student plays the fiddle while a group of fellow young musicians pluck their instruments in the background.