Greetings from Possum Headquarters!!
While the temps outside are plunging into the “Close The Damn DOOR!” levels, things are heating up ever so slightly in Possum-land. We’ve got some shows on the horizon, including dates with the new Carolina Ramble Revue, as well as PJ shows in Winston and Boone. Get your clicky pen out and jot these dates down!!!
Also, read about our little Possum family emergency and how Panthers Tight End Greg Olsen is helping.
Upcoming Possum Shows
Friday, April 14 @ The Garage (Winston-Salem, NC)
Saturday, May 6 @ Village Vision Festival (Boone, NC)
The Carolina Ramble REVUE
There’s nothing better than making music with your friends. It’s as simple as that. Because that’s what the Carolina Ramble & Reunion is all about, we thought perhaps we could take a little of that collaborative festival spirit off the farm and farther on down the road.
Well…not that far down the road, really.
The date is set for the 4th annual Carolina Ramble & Reunion. The event will take place once again at the beautiful Brayshaw farm near Boone, NC, on Saturday, October 7, 2017.
Quite naturally, Possum Jenkins will perform multiple sets, along with several acts to be named. Stay tuned for ticket on-sale dates, including **EARLY BIRD SPECIALS**.
Possum Family Salutes Panthers Tight End Greg Olsen
The members of Possum Jenkins are a family in every sense of the word. In recent years, the family has been blessed to welcome several children into the fold, including two last year: On March 18, Dave Willis and his wife Allison welcomed daughter Josie; On May 3, Jared Church and wife Katherine welcomed their son, Wyatt. Prior to Wyatt’s birth, however, the Possum family had a serious scare.
During the pregnancy, it was discovered that Wyatt was suffering from HLHS (hypoplastic left heart syndrome)–in other words, he would be born with half of a functioning heart.
Shortly following his birth, Wyatt underwent two open heart surgeries, and has required considerable care above and beyond that of a healthy child. We are incredibly happy to report that Wyatt is doing very well!
While dozens of friends and family have rallied around Katherine, Jared, Wyatt and their daughter Carson, the Church Family received crucial assistance from someone very familiar to NFL football fans–none other than Carolina Panthers’ Pro Bowl-bound tight end Greg Olsen!
Olsen is the founder of The Heartest Yard, a charity which specializes in assisting families who have a child with HLHS. Olsen and his wife Kara welcomed twins in 2012, one of whom also suffers from the disease, prompting them to assist others fighting HLHS.
On January 12, it was announced that Olsen WON the second annual Nationwide Walter Payton Man of the Year Charity Challenge. Nationwide will donate $25,000 to Olsen’s foundation, Receptions for Research. Thanks to tweets of support from athletes and celebrities, Olsen received in the last weekend of the contest more than 860,000 uses of his unique hashtag, #OlsenWPMOYChallenge, to rally for the win. In all, Olsen’s hashtag was used nearly 1.2 million times on social media.
**It should also be noted that our posts on our Facebook were liked and shared hundreds of times. A YUGE THANK YOU to everyone who took time to share the Olsen hashtag!**
The winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award will be announced during NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime special airing nationally on Saturday, February 4, the night before Super Bowl LI, from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Thanks everybody. Hope to see y’all soon!!
Jared “Big heart, bigger hands” Church
Brent “Beach Bum” Buckner
Davo “Daddy Duty” Willis
Nate “Suburban Commando” Turner
Dave “Marriage is about compromise…and controlling the remote” Brewer