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Marianne Lampert is the co-founder of the Central Virginia Chapter of the Banjo Players' Wives Support Group. Being married to a banjo player, she has survived a severe case of second-hand banjosis, and thanks to a 12-step recovery program, has developed immunity, which is a good thing seeing as how she stands next to Shack when we pick an' sing. She lives up in the Blue Ridge but comes down for the fiddlin' an' fun to sing and strum her Huss & Dalton guitar!
Marianne Lampert

Doug "Shack" Shackelford
Sheriff Doug "Shack" Shackelford, having grown up in Virginia, knows how to take life slow. When he's not napping, he's got a banjo on his knee. In fact, he owns several banjos, and he's stuffed a sock into each one. This partly explains the universal mystery of the missing odd sock. Some folks think the banjo might sound better with both socks stuffed into it, but we disagree.

Don "Doc" Golladay: "Golladay" comes from the French and we think it means (roughly translated) "Honey, this bass fiddle followed me home. Can I keep it?" His highly specialized hobby of teaching math has endowed him with the skill of playing those 1's and 5's (or "6's", when simplified). Doc dispenses liberal doses of music and humor "over the counter."
Don "Doc" Golladay

Paul "Most-Paul" Muller
Paul "Most-Paul" Muller is a mighty big man, and plays a mighty small instrument. His big fingers sometimes find their way to the right string, at the right time, but then again, even a blind pig finds an acorn once in a while. Having invented the motto "Don't Work Too Hard", Paul practices what he preaches by having such an able staff, allowing him to spend time with his friends from the animal kingdom, and other delicious entrees.
The new kid
The new kid in town is Fitz, another born napper. He, too, is a natural at rural hospitality, greeting and licking anybody who ventures onto the Store's front porch. He's been known to sneak a rootbeer float when Doc's not looking, or one of Marianne's pastries. He's got his own rug near Doug's hardware counter, but likes it under the porch just as well.
Security Expert
We're sad to report that Rooney slipped into eternal sleep not so long ago. In this life, he was pretty darned good at simultaneously sleeping and guarding the Store, as you can see in the picture. We'll remember him as a faithful advocate of our motto "Don't work too hard!" We miss him, but we know our ham biscuits are safer with him in another world.

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