If you go
What: Vandalia Gathering
When: Friday and Saturday
Where: State Culture Center
Mike Burns is answering to the name Juanita Fireball after putting her aside for 25 years.
"That goes way back," the Pocahontas County resident explains.
The story actually starts in Lexington, Va., around 1976. Burns, a native of Mink Shoals in Kanawha County, moved there to pursue two loves - forestry and music.
"That's where the music scene was," he said. He formed a band with a friend who taught geology at Washington and Lee University.
"We'd go these festivals and we would make up these names every time," Burns said.
One of the band names his friend made up was Juanita Fireball and the Continental Drifters.
Burns thought so, and when he moved back to West Virginia, he hung on to the name, if not the band.
He and his wife, Mary Sue - they met playing music together - settled down in Pocahontas County, where they both taught school and raised two children. And music was put on the back burner.
Their instruments - his fiddle and her clawhammer banjo - were tucked away.
"We put everything in the closet and that was it," Burns said. "We had spent so much time playing music, but we had kids and so much going on at the school that there just wasn't time."