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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Good Food, Good Friends, and Good Music!

What a great day we had! We set off about 8:30 this morning with Ron & Connie in the back seat of the truck and followed Bob & Pam down the road. About a half hour later, we met up with Marvin & Linda and continued our trek to the Dogwood Dulcimer Festival in Century, FL, with a little side trip to Ryan's for breakfast. :)

After we'd eaten our way through the buffet line a couple of times, we got back on the road. Less than an hour later we pulled into Lake Stone Campground, the location of the festival. The campground was filled and music was everywhere. We all headed in different directions to greet friends and start playing.

Randy & I went to find Ron & Ruth to let them know we were there and to see how they were enjoying the festival. After catching up with them, we walked around the campground to see if we could find others we knew and then ended up back at the clubhouse to settle in for the open stage session.

Open stage is where folks sign up to play for those in attendance. Both the groups I play with were on the schedule, in the numbers 2 & 3 slots. The first group to play was Jam N Folks; we played
Sloop John B with our "dreadlocks" on. Yes, we were quite the sight! Our second song was a medley of Gospel tunes. Then Jubilee Pickers played two songs, Harper's Frolic and Southwind; both went off pretty well, I think.

Don't you just love my dreads!?!?!!
After that, we all sat for the next couple of hours and listened while others entertained us. Some folks are great, while others are not as good, but really enjoy playing. And it's all good fun - enjoyment is everything.

Marvin & Linda
About 3:30, it was time for us to leave. Four of us had puppies at home who were going to need us fairly soon! :) So, the eight of us set off for home, but we did make a stop for dinner at a Mexican restaurant in Pensacola. Another good meal with more good conversation. It was there we said our good-byes to Marvin & Linda as they would be taking a different way home. The rest of us got on I-10 and headed west to the Plantation.

We got home about 6:30 and Blackie was glad to see us! :) Actually, I think we woke him up. But, once he was awake, he was glad to see us and get outside for a walk.

Now, we are settled into our recliners and done for the night. Another good day was had by all. Until the next time . . .

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