Briggs starts Pickin’ & Grinnin’


By Christine Bolaños

BRIGGS — Music meets country meets comraderie with the new monthly Pickin’ & Grinnin’ event in the town of Briggs.

The gathering at Briggs Community Center is held the fourth Friday of every month and involves singers and listeners who gather in a circle to share music and to socialize.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with a supper followed by music at 7 p.m. Participation is free though donations are welcome for the dinner.

“We were doing it a couple of years ago and we stopped and then we started it back up,” explained Crystal Reed Kinsey, president of the Briggs Community Center. “It’s only been going on for two months.”

The event is held in a number of small communities that embrace a country lifestyle. It often involves the playing of folk or country music on a string musical instrument, commonly the guitar or banjo. Those who participate usually are lively and joyful and it is not unusual for them to smile for the entirety of the event.

“You come and sit in a circle,” Reed Kinsey said. “When it comes your turn you can play or you can sing along with everyone else. There’s guitars and fiddles and base — and someone brought a fiddle (previously) — so it’s all instruments.”

She said the group uses the rooms inside the Briggs Community Center located at 215 Loop 308 in Briggs, a short distance from Liberty Hill.

Folks said the event is meant to make good use of the facility as well as to reacquaint people who may not otherwise see each other often.

The facility features speakers and a stage that can be utilized as well. The event usually lasts about three hours, Reed Kinsey said.

“It just depends on if they get tired,” she said.

Carroll McCoy, who graduated from the now defunct Briggs School in the late 1940s, and resides near the community of Watson, said Briggs has a history of music.

“Briggs is known for having good music,” he said.

Harrold Horton, a fellow 1940s Briggs alum, is keeping the music alive in Briggs at the Pickin’ & Grinnin’ events.

The next event is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 23. For more information on this and other events at Briggs Community Center call Reed Kinsey at (512) 556-1471.