This weekend we continued our tradition and attended our 3rd annual Sugar Grove Music Festival. I have come to realize that I love going so much because of what the festival symbolizes for me - the beginning of summer. I definitely love the music, but I mostly love the act of sitting outside, on a blanket or a chair, eating festival food, and relaxing in the warmth of the day. Everything about it is pretty much perfect.
This year we only went to the last three shows on Saturday. We heard The Kruger Brothers, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Doc Watson. It has been such a privilege to have heard Doc Watson on several occasions. It is amazing to me how people overcome adversity and accomplish greatness with their lives. He was blinded by an eye infection before his first birthday, yet he overcame he challenges and is now recognized as one of the best bluegrass players and guitar pickers in the world.
Since we didn't get there until late in the afternoon, it was already pretty crowded and we didn't get seats very close. I love that so many people come out to support bluegrass music and local vendors. One interesting observation - I don't think you'll ever see more people wearing chacos in one place except for MerleFest!
I have to tell you that we LOVE our camping couch that Uncle Marc and Aunt Bonnie got us for our wedding. It is so much easier to carry one chair than two!
One of my favorite things about the festival is the relaxing atmosphere - plenty of time to sit and knit! I made good progress on my Autumn Leaves Stole - it has been a side project since Thanksgiving, and I am ready to get it off my needles!
There is always a lot of dancing going on at the festival, but this is the first time I've seen hula hoop dancing. It was quite entertaining.
I'm so thankful that we had the opportunity to see one of our favorite bands - The Carolina Chocolate Drops!