We made our annual trek to the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival yesterday. It is always a happy place!
We spent the day listening to music - bluegrass, folk, Western, Celtic, and just about anything else you can play on acoustic instruments. We even heard Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley bluegrass style! Our favorites, as always, were the folk artists Tom Chapin and John McCutcheon. One of the best parts of the festival is that you get to see performers close up.
It was hot yesterday. Hotter than predicted. Which meant that we sought out shade whenever possible. The festival takes place at the local fairgrounds and one stage is right next to the animal barn. So we sat in the hog pens! We could see and hear and we were in the shade.
Besides, the hog panels kept Rachel contained and made nice foot rests.
In the past, Katherine has been fascinated by all the crafts for sale, especially the stalls selling yarn or weaving. But this year, the wanted to learn about all the instruments. We looked at all the fiddles, mandolins, hammered dulcimers, banjos, and guitars for sale. She eyed the beginning fiddle books. She had a short accordian lesson.
And she bought a jaw harp. She hasn't figured it out yet, but she's had fun trying.
Rachel was finally old enough to have a little freedom at the festival. I let her roam around the area where we were sitting. She was quite pleased with herself. She spent the day playing with kids she knew (and a few that she didn't) and had a grand time as the official family greeter.
Steve managed to squeeze in a little nap during the afternoon.
By evening we were tired and filthy (Rachel especially!). We'd had our fill of tie dye and grilled reuben sandwiches and sing-along tunes. So we headed home to bed, with music still playing in our heads.