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Concert to help provide meals to those who need it most at Tabitha’s Table

Concert to help provide meals to those who need it most at Tabitha’s Table

Three bands will take the stage on Saturday, Nov. 30, and perform for free at a benefit concert to provide funds for an organization feeding those in need this holiday season.

All of the money made from the event will go to Tabitha’s Table in Smithsburg, a Christian faith-based food pantry serving those who need help putting food on the table.

None of the bands are taking money, several local businesses are donating their services for the event and for raffle prizes, and the venue was donated by its owner for Saturday’s concert.

“There are so many people in need in our community that don’t qualify for income assistance,” said Doug Stanley, owner of The Old Cider Press. “For me, I do it because it’s just the right thing to do.”

The Old Cider Press, located at 47 Crystal Falls Drive in Smithsburg, is hosting the event from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

The venue, once a thriving cider mill well known for its apple cider and apple butter, was transformed into a community center and music venue and hosts Saturday jam sessions for local musicians as well as other community fundraisers and events.

“It’s just a great thing to have in the community,” Stanley said of the venue. “It’s a good clean atmosphere and it’s a wonderful place.”

Groups include the bluegrass band Back Creek Valley Boys, the bluegrass and bluegrass gospel band Gloryland Ramblers and classic country band Forever Young.

The three bands on Saturday will be performing for about an hour each.

The Back Creek Valley Boys, a bluegrass band, will perform at The Old Cider Press on Saturday, Nov. 30. (Submitted photo)

In addition to the music, there will be food for sale including pit beef sandwiches, macaroni, cole slaw and pit beef, among other offerings.

“Come hungry and come with some extra spending money,” Stanley said, adding that there will be several raffles going on at the event.

This year the food pantry has served 235 families in the Smithsburg school district. In addition to their services in Smithsburg, the pantry provides food to the Washington County Pantry On the Go Program on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“When they do a fundraiser like this it helps us to be able to buy food for people in need in the community,” said Helene Ridenour, co-founder of Tabitha’s Table, which has been serving the community for about seven years. “We’re very excited about it and we appreciate it and I know our families will appreciate it when we’re able to keep providing quality food.”

The food pantry is located at the rear of 17 S. Main St. in downtown Smithsburg.

The Old Cider Press held this event for the first time last year but said that not many people attended. This year, they have already sold out of their allotted 120 tickets at the price of $10 each.

“We need to take care of our community first and then you can reach out across the country,” Stanley said.

For more information about the event, call 301-491-3346.

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