Sunday, September 18, 2016

Bluegrass 2016

The girls and I went to the Bluegrass Festival yesterday, one of our most beloved traditions.
We spent the day listening to music, buying more tie dye, looking at craft exhibits, talking with friends, and just spending time together.

 The festival was a bit strange this year as the river beside the festival grounds flooded last week and all of the hundreds and hundreds of RVs and campers and tents had to be evacuated. The festival itself went on as usual, but it looked and felt different without the campgrounds just beyond the boundary fences. There was torrential rain on Friday and lots of mud pretty much everywhere, but yesterday was sunny and hot. Maybe too sunny and hot.
We had the world's best reuben sandwiches and cherry limeades for lunch...
...and then listened to more music. The festival is such a safe and family friendly place that I have no qualms about letting the girls roam on their own. Katherine went off with friends for most of the afternoon and Rachel made trips to buy more drinks or visit my sister at another stage and relished the sense of independence. And when there weren't people to chat with, she entertained herself with whatever was at hand, including making a "tongue" with a water bottle label.
Katherine loved wandering through the instrument vendors stands, looking at all the interesting things for sale. The vendors are patient and knowledgeable and encourage people to try out their wares. Katherine strummed several ukuleles...
...and then found a fiddle display. She eagerly accepted the offer to try one out and then thought for a minute about what to play. Then she tightened the bow and started fingering In the Hall of the Mountain King from the Peer Gynt Suite. There are a huge assortment of songs performed at the festival, but this may very well be the first rendition of Edvard Grieg played there! The sound of classical music in the midst of the banjo and mandolin tunes brought amused grins from the passing crowd.
After a long afternoon of music and people watching, we visited the food stands for some supper. I had to laugh at our choices: Chinese stir fry, a gigantic tamale, and an Indian taco. Surrounded by hamburger, pizza, and fried catfish stands, we all opted for ethnic food. Typical for us! It was tasty, too.
By evening the girls were tired and dirty and ready to go home. I stayed around for a couple more hours to hear more music and reflect on a beautiful day.

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