Sunday, July 22, 2012

This weekend: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

This picture just makes me laugh because during family photos, you're always trying to get the baby to look at the camera. Here we, the parents, are distracted and Milah's so focused on the camera. It's just so ironic! I love it!

I have to say this was something on my bucket list! I grew up listening to Nickel Creek, a Bluegrass band. I have always thought it would be so fun to see them in concert because they have such amazing talent! Well we got to see the lead singer of Nickel Creek in concert this weekend!

Chris and Cheryl invited us to the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in upstate New York and we had a blast!

Driving out there, we listened to some new music: "set fire to the rain" I know we're so behind the times :), John Denver, High and Dry by Nik Day, John Mayer live, Jewel Lullaby, and tons and tons of Kenny Loggins lullabies.

We loved being out in the country again; sometimes I crave getting away from the city life and people all around but luckily it's only a short drive away and we're in the Catskills mountains!

Chris booked a really fun hotel (thanks Chris!) called the Bavarian Manor. It was a quaint, intimate hotel nestled near a lake in the Catskills. We loved the German feel and seeing German words again  :) (Dan and I have both dabbled in the German language).

We got to listen to the lead singer of Nickel Creek, one of my very favorite bands growing up and we discovered a lot of other bands we like too!

Our very favorite band was "Bearfoot" and our favorite song, "When You're Away."   "Dirty Kitchen" was another favorite band.

We LOVED walking around and saw lots of fun musical instruments....cardboard dulcimers, inexpensive homemade lap harps and banjos.

On the left is Dan playing the banjo. Below, on the right, this man made a neat African instrument out of 2"x4"s that we want to make someday!

Then of course we saw beautiful banjos and mandolins that were beautifully crafted. Dan and I feel like we better understand the distinction between violin, fiddle, banjo, and bass.

We decided as we visit different countries we're going to collect musical instruments and make a special room in our home of musical instruments from all over the world. Some can be as easy as shakers for the little kids, they can be homemade instruments we did as part of schooling (like the 2"x4" instrument below), and beautiful mandolines and maybe even (hopefully) a harp! Now the trick is going to be learning to play them all :)

We absolutely enjoyed this experience and would love to do it again someday!

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