By the end of last week, I was afraid that if I spent another day stuck inside these four walls I might explode. So I got up early Saturday morning and headed up to Vogel State Park near Blairsville, Georgia for the Mountain Music & Crafts Festival.
The closest I had ever come to Blairsville was Brasstown Bald, the highest point in the state of Georgia, so this was a real treat. Vogel State Park is stunningly beautiful, nestled as it is in the north Georgia mountains, and Saturday was a perfect day to be outdoors - sunny and 80 degrees.
The crafts festival was small but there were many quality items to admire. I bought a jar of home made fig preserves and drooled over the recycled glass jewelry from Dessin Creations. I picked up a business card and intend to treat myself to a pair of earrings as soon as possible.
But oh, the music! I heard three bands over the course of the day.
|Cornbread Ted & the Butter Beans|
|Steel String Session|
Click the captions under the photos to go to each group's website and hear samples of their music. Each was delightful in its own way, but I will admit to a special fondness for Steel String Session with its smart, contemporary sound - bluegrass with a definite twist - and to living vicariously through Lisa Jacobi as she sang and danced and played her mandolin. After the show, I introduced myself to her and told her about getting a mandolin for my birthday (click HERE for the story) vowed that someday I, too, will play in a bluegrass band. After all, if Steve Martin can write books and play bluegrass, why can't I? She encouraged me in my dream, and insisted that I sing, too; as she explained, singing is the soul of bluegrass. All right, then, I shall sing!
After the festival was over, I stopped at a Blairsville diner for some supper - grilled trout, baked potato and mixed vegetables, all for $11.95 - and made it home before dark. As soon as I got back, I pulled out my mandolin and practiced until my fingers were sore. As soon as I finish this post, I am going to play some more. Fresh air, sunshine, and mountain music - it was just what I needed to clear my head and renew my soul.