McAden spirit lives through Apple Ridge Farm dedication

Dedication: Kathy McAden Taylor, sister of Marshal McAden, unveils commemorative plaque at Apple Ridge Farm’s new performance stage dedicated in his honor. Husband James Taylor (left) and Anita Wilson, holding little William McAden, look on. (photos by S. Hale)
Dedication: Kathy McAden Taylor, sister of Marshal McAden, unveils commemorative plaque at Apple Ridge Farm’s new performance stage dedicated in his honor. Husband James Taylor (left) and Anita Wilson, holding little William McAden, look on. (photos by S. Hale)

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http://maientertainmentlaw.com/?search=best-price-real-viagra On January 14, 2011, the Virginia House of Delegates passed Resolution 627–celebrating the life of Marshall B. McAden–a man who dedicated his life to raising people’s consciousness to the arts. The bill was introduced by then Delegate Onzlee Ware.

Marshall McAden
Marshall McAden

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here Lewis founded the academic camp 35 years ago for the area’s underserved youth ages 6 to 16. Courses offered focus on enhancing reading, writing and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills as well as those that build character. The kids also have recreational activities like swimming, zip-lining, tennis and basketball. The camp also provides opportunities for kids to visit and tour different colleges.

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http://maientertainmentlaw.com/?search=cialis-overnight-delivery “Marshal would be there every summer and you could count on him to do his thing with the students…teaching them how to be good actors. He could command attention from the students,” she added.

Dr. Lloyd Hackley (l) with Peter Lewis.
Dr. Lloyd Hackley (l) with Peter Lewis.

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http://maientertainmentlaw.com/?search=viagra-tablets-cheap He met McAden 16 years ago while attending church in Lexington to hear him sing. His grandfather was pastor of the church and McAden was the choir director.

Lewis’ wife Carla, a major ARF supporter, said she first met McAden when he was doing plays with the YO-YO Players (Youth On The Yard Outreach)–a local young theatre troupe from which 3 members reunited for the occasion to pay tribute singing “Henry Don’t Eat No Meat.” The signature song was one of Marshal’s favorites.

YO-YO Players: Ishmel Paige, Javonte McNear and Donald Crenshaw perform.
YO-YO Players: Ishmel Paige, Javonte McNear and Donald Crenshaw perform.

The dedication was bittersweet for Anthony Smith and family, who provided funding for the construction of the facility’s stage–built in 6 months by Edward Jones who joined the family at the celebration. Smith dedicated the stage to his parents, Mary and Robert Smith.

“Celebration Choir” performs songs of praise.
“Celebration Choir” performs songs of praise.

Kathy McAden Taylor, Marshal’s sister, and several other members of his family joined by his fourth grade teacher Anita Duckett-Wilson spoke personally about the honoree. Crowning the moment, his family unveiled a commemorative plaque bearing the honoree’s name along with others responsible for the venture’s completion.

Rev. Lee Pusha
Rev. Lee Pusha

“We must not let the talent from Roanoke go to waste… We had a jewel and we let him slip away,” said Rev. Lee Pusha referring to the honoree. “Roanoke lets good people go and be great somewhere else,” he added.

Payne complemented Lewis for his ambition as founder and his fundraising ability. As a nonprofit organization, Apple Ridge runs on funding from donors and community support.

Dianna Hackley-Hunt
Dianna Hackley-Hunt

Immediately following the dedication, Dr. Lloyd Hackley, an accomplished educator and former Roanoker, accompanied his daughter Dianna Hackley-Hunt who presented a brief but incredibly informative and energized seminar, “Developing Good, Smart and Successful Children.”

Hackley-Hunt is owner/operator of Little Champions–a newly established early learning center in northwest Roanoke.

McAden was an extraordinarily vibrant character that loved music and the event was highlighted with performances by various area groups. One of which involved Marshal’s nephew Brian McAden on keyboard. Additionally several selections by the “Celebration Choir” added a gospel flair. Also available was an abundance of free food, swimming and tours of the entire facility’s extensive grounds.

Lewis was extremely pleased at the turnout stating, “Marshal would be extremely happy about the dedication.”

The running theme of all who spoke testified to Marshal as someone who would do things without expecting pay because whatever he did was “for the Lord.” Lewis capping it responded, “Marshal would not ask, he would just do it.

In addition to the vast array of amenities and accommodations at Apple Ridge Farm, it is now home of the new open-air Marshal McAden stage–a well-crafted rustic foundation that is an impressive addition to this picturesque farm, situated in Copper Hill, VA.