Five Degrees of Separation

Posted by: Elizabeth Applebaum on Thursday, February 23, 2017

In just five steps, we make the most astonishing connections between two seemingly unrelated items, ending at the best place in the world: the JCC!

Today, we get from Blairsville, Georgia, to The Berman Center for the Performing Arts.

  1. Blairsville, population about 650, is in northern Georgia.

  2. Each July on the last weekend of the month, Blairsville hosts the Green Bean Festival, which includes a green bean pizza eating contest (hmmm. Green bean pizza?).

  3. “Leather britches” is an old Southern term for green beans that are strung together, then dried (usually over the winter), rehydrated and finally cooked. (But really, they’re supposed to be delicious.)

  4. The song “Leather Britches" is a lively reel that is a favorite among American fiddle players.

  5. Producer Jayme Stone brings together North America’s most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle and reimagine traditional music. Hear his version of “Leather Britches” here.

You can see the incredible singers/musicians Jayme Stone (banjo), Moira Smiley (accordion), Sumaia Jackson (fiddle) and Joe Phillips (bass) perform music “that sounds like nothing else on earth" (Toronto Star) in “Jayme Stone’s Folklife,” the opening act of the JCC Ethan & Gretchen Davidson Music Festival, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at The Berman Center for the Performing Arts!

To purchase tickets: or 248.661.1900

Jen on February 24, 2017 at 2:35:34 pm said:
Well done Elizabeth. But, green bean pizza?
Sue on February 24, 2017 at 12:55:29 pm said:
That's so interesting!
Phil on February 24, 2017 at 12:27:58 pm said:
I love that wild ride from Blairsville, Georgia to West Bloomfield, Michigan and the JCC!
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