I like to make all kinds of quilts, from postcard to king-size. I have a Gammill longarm quilting machine, several domestic sewing machines, and also work with a Babylock Embellishing machine. In the past few years, I have tried my hand at painting with watercolors and art journaling. I also throw in a little nature photography and the occasional travel or grandchild pictures. Thanks for stopping by!
Monday, May 3, 2010
We are back at home after a wonderful, long weekend of music, friendship and fun at Merlefest in Wilkesboro, NC. The days were hot and sunny, and the nights cool and breezy. Here is your intrepid blogger dressing for the weather.
We had never been to Merlefest and were very impressed with organization of this huge event. There were about fourteen venues going on at all times. The main stage was the Doc and Merle Watson Theater, which had a large video screen to the left. In order to minimize downtime while different bands set up, there was a log cabin stage on which smaller groups performed. Our first show on the main stage was Donna and the Buffalo, and who was in the audience enjoying the show but Zac Brown of country music fame, along with his bodyguard. Our friends saw him on Thursday night, and said it was the highlight of all the concerts for them.
We walked up to an indoor auditorium for the first of Doc Watson's concerts. This one was with his son Merle's old band, Frosty Morn. The audience was very appreciative and listened closely to every comment Doc made. He only played about forty-five minutes. When you are 87, you have to pace yourself!
We were glad we saw him on the small, intimate stage, because when he played on the Main Stage there was so much crowd activity.
On Friday night we saw Dierks Bentley, who gave a great concert, but we were blown away by the Sam Bush Band. We did not recognize the name Sam Bush, but then we realized that he was in the Blue Grass groups Seldom Scene and New Grass Revival. What a musician, and what a dynamic group!
On Saturday night we really enjoyed seeing Steve Martin perform on the banjo with the Steep Canyon Rangers. As you might expect, he was very humorous, often poking fun at himself as the rich LA outsider to the Blue Grass scene. He finished his set with the old King Tut song.
On Sunday, our friends left for home, and just Charlie and I stayed over for the Avett Brothers concert. Our son Dave and his friends became fans when they were at East Carolina University and the Avetts played at local nightclubs. Now they have just returned from a world tour and are receiving a lot of acclaim in the music industry. They are great musicians and often changed the instruments they played (guitar, banjo, piano...)
It was extremely hot Sunday afternoon. We walked around and enjoyed some of the sights. Here is a finished sand sculpture commemorating the festival.
We decided to spend Sunday night in the mountains instead of driving home after the concert. Charlie and I enjoyed a quiet ride across the mountains on the Gator at sunset.