Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Late Night Fun

Last weekend was the annual Dahlia Fest held by our good friends JM and NT. It’s been going on for several years, and we attended the first one way back when. They set up this really cool stage with a great sound system and people go up and play on the open mic. A performed at one of the earlier ones when she was just a little kid, and from there she was hooked and loved to perform. JM and NT are older hippies who are hip and connected in the art community, so the group in attendance is an eclectic group, to say the least. Plenty of locals and lots of young hipsters, all of whom are accomplished musicians. I have noticed, though, that attendance has been declining, and this time around they had the smallest gathering I’ve seen so far. That doesn’t mean, however, that it isn’t a great time.

They have a pot luck supper and then everyone hangs out and socializes. When the sun goes down, everyone heads up to the stage to watch the show. This year there was some question about the performance because it was raining really hard all day, but what else is new? This has been a wet late summer/fall, so we get rain almost every day. The rain did stop at some point, and they put out tarps and chairs and we watched the show. It’s a lot of fun seeing old friends and watching the kids perform, especially, of course, A. She’s a natural performer and plays with a fairly high level of confidence, it impresses me to no end.

After the show, it was late, but the kids wanted to check out the bonfire, where there was a surprise. JM set up all these fireworks and this impressive display of sparklers and explosions, which was pretty cool. We ended up getting home closer to 11:00PM, and man were we beat, but in a good way.

Fortunately it was Saturday, which meant sleeping in on Sunday to be well rested to make falafels. Such is life, right?

Until the next time, thanks for reading, and thanks to Antony Grossy for the pic.

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