On the first Saturday of each month, Triple L Farms in Derby hosts Derby Days. Last Saturday, the Lambeths had a Strawberry Strut, complete with food, fun and entertainment.
“We had a good time,” said Marcia Lambeth. “We had a good turn out; about 150 to 200 people over the course of the day. There were beautiful crafts and good music.”
The Lambeths had set up tents and tables for people to relax at, and the children got to participate in a scavenger hunt. The hunt lead the children around the property, from objects inside the store to a shed out back, lead by written clues in the form of facts about strawberries. The hunt ended back inside the store, with savory strawberries to munch on.
Lambeth said there was a local artist there painting faces, and homemade crafts like baskets, pottery, jewelry and quilts were on display and could be purchased from vendors.
Lambeth said her daughter Megan made strawberry dip and shortcake, which were a hit.
Music was provided by John Webb and his sister Linda Davis.
“We had a good time,” said Webb. “We had a good audience. It was really nice.”
Webb said Saturday’s music theme was romantic.
“When I think about springtime, I think of love. I set my music up around that theme. I performed everything from 50s to present love songs. My sis plays piano and I play guitar. Half of my show was songs I’ve written myself.”
Webb went to perform at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville for the first time in 2005, and they invite him back every six months.
“I met some remarkable people there,” said Webb. “Like Kenny Rogers’ songwriter Don Schlitz, and Tom Shepherd. I’ve met some interesting people there, not just celebrities.”
The Bluebird Cafe is renowned for celebrity discoveries. For instance, Webb shared that Garth Brooks, Faith Hill and Taylor Swift were all discovered and made famous after performing at the Bluebird Cafe.
“To be invited back each year is really something,” said Lambeth.
“Marcia and John Lambeth are very good friends of mine,” said Webb. He enjoys performing at Derby Days, and has become a semi-permanent fixture on the schedule of events.
“Last year I performed every month,” said Webb. He will be skipping June, but will be back in July for a patriotic show he has planned. Webb also has a few ideas about a 9/11 tribute the Lambeths have planned. Webb will put his own spin on it.
“I want to incorporate into my music the number of people that were in the twin towers, the pentagon and in the planes that died. I’d like to have a slide-show of pictures of soldiers that have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. I made a PowerPoint with music from Gettysburg. I also want to share stories that I had heard,” said Webb.
Webb is a Rockingham native and has lived here his whole life. He worked in the school system for 36 years, teaching French, the arts, drivers education and serving as librarian and assistant principal. Although retired, Webb still volunteers at L.J. Bell Elementary with the reading program.
“I also entertain in the schools,” said Webb.
For more information about Derby Days call Marcia Lambeth at (910) 995-6082.
Staff Writer Dawn Kurry can be reached at (910) 997-3111 ex. 43, or by e-mail at email@example.com.