Monday, July 27, 2009

A Hippie-Style Hootenanny

You can take the boy out of Kentucky, but you can’t take Kentucky out of the boy, especially when it comes to music. My husband is a big fan of bluegrass music, and has converted me over the years. Fortunately, Planet Bluegrass offers a few bluegrass festivals in Colorado, the biggest being The Telluride Bluegrass Festival. It also produces Rocky Grass, a three-day bluegrass festival in Lyons, Colo., which is about an hour north of our home. We had fun at the festival we went to a couple of years ago, so we decided to go again last Friday.
Since then, bluegrass music seems to have grown wildly popular because the festival was jam-packed. Either that, or people just want an excuse to drink beer and wear Grateful Dead t-shirts over their swim suits while they wade in a stream.
As much as I wanted to feel the love, I just felt stressed. Making my way through a swarm of mellow, happy people with two hot, whiny kids in tow wore me out.
But once we set up base camp under a tree, I could listen to the music and knit while Ethan and James played in the stream next to us. Finally, the mellow, hippie vibe took hold.

8 comments:

jabblog said...

Crowds and children don't mix well I agree. Are you knitting bootees or little socks? Love the colour!

Lynn said...

Love bluegrass festivals. My sister and I went to the Down from the Mountain concert in Manassas, Virginia a few years ago and loved it. I'm glad you could find a peaceful place at your hootenanny after all.

hokgardner said...

Are you knitting socks?

The festival would have given me hives. I don't like crowds of people.

Kathleen said...

I can understand the stress factor, sounds like the music was fun though, glad you brought the knitting, what you making? what did the boys think once they were settled down?

Kathleen W. said...

That looks so fun, but I can completely see how toting two kids through the crowds would be stressful. But I'm glad you found a shady spot for your knitting...then everyone was happy.

a corgi said...

sounded like fun once you get settled in; glad you found a place where you could keep an eye on the boys, enjoy the music and do some knitting@

betty

Mama Zen said...

Whiny kids definitely disrupt a mellow hippie vibe!

pixiemama said...

Thanks for reminding me of the Philly Folk Festival (I miss it) & why I would never, EVER take the kids there. GAH!