Welcoming signs greeted guests arriving for Gretsch’s 130th Anniversary Event.
Festive balloon centerpieces and copies of the latest Gretsch House Telegram served as table decorations.
A party tent erected for the occasion provided shelter from passing showers.
Guests enjoyed a down-home barbecue dinner and plenty of liquid refreshment.
Dessert consisted of cakes specially decorated to commemorate the 130th anniversary of the Gretsch Company and the wedding anniversary of Fred and Dinah Gretsch.
The anniversary couple!
Fred Gretsch (at center with wife Dinah) represents the fourth generation of the Gretsch family business. The generations continue with (from left) cousin Paul Getchell, granddaughter Abbey Gretsch, grandson Will Gretsch, daughter Lena Thomas, and grandson Logan Thomas.
Gretsch operations and financial manager Randy Canady did special duty as maître d’ and cake server.
A guest enjoys reading about Gretsch history in the House Telegram.
Fred and Dinah Gretsch with Randy Wood, guitar builder and owner of Randy’s Pickin’ Parlor.
This young guest had fun collecting centerpieces after dinner.
The day’s entertainment started with the husband-and-wife team of Richard Smith and Julie Adams.
Richard Smith is a skilled practitioner of the finger-picking style popularized by Gretsch great Chet Atkins.
Young Australian guitar phenom Joe Robinson joined Richard Smith for an impromptu jam.
Joe Robinson Trio On Stage. Photo by David Schuler.
Fred and Dinah Gretsch with Richard Smith and Julie Adams.
Three Generations of the Gretsch Family with Richard Smith and Julie Adams.
Fred and Dinah Gretsch with Joe Robinson.
Fred and Dinah Gretsch with the Joe Robinson Trio. Drummer Tito Pascoali is at left; bassist Marcelo Bakos is at right.
The Gretsch Family with the Joe Robinson Trio.
Fred Gretsch and Robinson Trio drummer Tito Pascoali.
Fred Gretsch with grandchildren Abbey and Will Gretsch and Robinson Trio drummer Tito Pascoali.
Paul Cooper (director of operations for Gretsch USA drum manufacturing) and Robinson Trio drummer Tito Pascoali.
From left: Fred and Dinah Gretsch with guitar builder Bob Bennedetto and his wife Cindy, guitar builder and Pickin’ Parlor owner Randy Wood, and Lisa Love of the Georgia State Office of Film, Music, and Digital Entertainment.