COCKEYSVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — The NCR trail is a place to get away for many.
“I probably get out here four or five days a week,” Michael Butler, a local runner, said.
Most folks stick to the trail, but stand on the Gunpowder Bridge half a mile north of the trailhead, and most days Marlin Ballard will be off the trail.
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Ballard takes out his instruments and plays music on a small island off the trail.
“With the virus, the crisis, I just thought it’s something I could share,” Ballard said. “It’s something I could do that would be somewhat useful.”
Those who go out on the trail said they love to see and hear Ballard play his music.
“I just get a nice smile and laugh as I walk by with my family and stuff,” Olivia Geoghan, a local runner, said. “Which may be hard to come by these days.”
Ballard’s music is a special gift for those who need it must.