The rainy Gand Opening of the Earl Scruggs Center, on Saturday, January 11th, brought out a lot of umbrellas and people from all over the nation, but the most memorable was the amazing collection of famous and talented musicians. They provided what was to become the greatest moment of the day. At Central United Methodist Church, in front of a packed standing-room only audience, the shining moment happened. To everyone’s surprise fifty musicians appeared gradually from the back of the church, pouring in to the front of the sanctuary, joining in to what turned out to be a huge bluegrass “Flash Mob”. The group of guys and gals performed one of Earl Scruggs most popular songs, “Reuben’s Train”. The performance was so grand that NC’s Governor, Pat McCroy didn’t give his prepared speech, but instead asked the group to come back and play some more!
Stan Anthony, Mayor of Shelby, picked up his guitar and joined in the “Flash Mob”.