Reevestock Music Festival Director Sam Tayloe has announced the recipients of this year’s Reevestock Creative Leadership Scholarships.
Each year two $500 awards are presented to a senior from Elkin High School and a senior from Starmount High School to help in their goals of continuing their education.
Ethan Mastin was chosen from among Elkin’s applicants. Gabriela Sixtos was chosen from Starmount. Both students are planning to pursue college — Mastin plans to attend UNC-Charlotte and Sixtos plans to attend Forsyth Tech Community College and then her “dream” school, NC School of the Arts.
The scholarship gets its funds from the proceeds of the Reevestock Music Festival held the first Saturday in August in what is known as Elkin’s hidden amphitheater at 357 Ivy Circle.
The festival began as a fundraiser for the Reeves Theater downtown, but since that property was bought by private owners, Tayloe still wanted his festival to grow and benefit the community. He came up with the Creative Leadership Scholarship and with the help of the Foothills Arts Council, began promoting the scholarship last year. Elkin and Starmout were chosen because the members of Tayloe’s band, Time Sawyer, are graduates of those two schools. This is the second year the scholarships have been awarded.
“We’re happy to see the scholarship growing, and we’re excited to help it grow, both monetarily and in number, to help more of these great kids to continue their education,” Tayloe said.
The Reevestock Music Festival begins at 2 p.m. on Aug. 6 and will feature Kate Rhudy, Cicada Rhythm, Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project, Tayloe’s band Time Sawyer, David Ramirez, and Phil Cook & The Guitarheels. Gates open at 1 p.m. A free kick-off night of music will be held at The Liberty on Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m. with music from the Stones, Beatles, Zeppelin and many more played by Amigo, Sinners & Saints, the Luke Mears Band, Robert Holthouser, and more. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
As an associate member of the Foothills Arts Council, the Reevestock Music Festival is just the type of event the arts council feels is its mission to help promote. The fact that there are scholarships to help graduating seniors is an added bonus.