From a passion for pickin’ to a ‘bone’ified place, Barry ‘Bones’ Patton and his wife Rene are opening Patton’s Pickin’ Parlor located at 417 W 14th St.
‘We are very excited to be able to offer a little taste of Bluegrass to the community,' said Barry. “We share a dream of being able to establish a small music venue and music store so that people of all ages can come and experience music. I don’t know where I’d be now if I had never been exposed to music. It’s taken me all over the world! Rene and I just want to open that same opportunity to others.”
The location of Patton’s Pickin’ Parlor is also important to the couple. It’s a place that played a significant part of Winfield’s history. The Compton’s were the original owners of the home. Initially there were two houses on the property. One of the homes was a neighborhood grocery store which was run by Cynthia Hart Compton. The Rainbow Bread screen door still remains. Her son Ted married Carol who was a music teacher in Winfield for twenty four years. The Compton’s daughter Cynthia was an accomplished violinist and taught strings in Wichita Falls, Texas and she had been pianist and music director for many of the Horsefeathers and Applesauce dinner theater shows at Southwestern College. The Patton’s have maintained the original organ that was in the home and intend to keep it on display once the retail store opens. Steve Spurgin, Byron Berline and Mason Williams have also donated some historical items for display. The Pattons’ plan on adding to the collection continually to keep it interesting for visitors. They will also be featuring the works of local artists. Their goal is to provide a place that will showcase some of what Winfield has to offer by utilizing local artists and vendors.
“It was just an amazing set of circumstances that brought us together with Cynthia’s heirs. With all their love of music in that home and our desire to promote music in the community it was a perfect match! Barry and I just want to share our little Parlor with Winfield and maybe provide some memories for another generation,” Rene said.