MOUNT VERNON — You don’t need to travel to all the way to Columbus to find a quality music festival; that’s what this past weekend’s annual Ohiolina Music Festival proved to event goers. Ohiolina filled Ariel Foundation Park with fun, laughter, food and the music of many folk and grassroots bands “from Ohio to North Carolina.”
On Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m., on the side stage of the Schnormeier Event Center, folk/rockabilly group Woody Pines of Nashville, Tennessee, immersed the crowds in bluesy, folk, and grassroots-style melodies, utilizing instruments such as guitars, a trumpet, a saxophone and a harmonica.
As the sun dipped below the park’s trees, lead vocalist, Woody, introduced the crowd to a song that is very close to his heart, named “Stella Blue.” Five years ago, he wrote Stella Blue for his young niece, Stella, shortly after she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. He dedicated the song to her in hopes that she would fight the illness and be able to listen to it as an adult. Today, Stella is cancer free and her sweet melody still captures the hearts of Woody Pines’ fans.