Monday, June 05, 2006

Folk Festival

The annual OcraFolk Festival this past weekend was a huge success. In spite of the threat of rain (and moving all performances indoors) on Saturday, everyone seemed to enjoy the wonderful music, quality crafts, and entertaining storytelling. The auction on Friday night netted over $5000.00 (to help defray costs), and on Saturday, after so many terrific performances, the dance floor was filled with folks for square dancing, contra dancing, and clogging. In addition, Clyde Jones was here making chainsaw critters, local restaurant servers competed for best waiters & waitresses, and island bakers vied for tastiest fig cake.

Lou Ann & I were blessed to have several of the weekend's musicians stop by the house on Sunday night to jam. Guitar, mandolin, dobrow, banjo, keyboard, ukulele, autoharp, & fiddle all combined to fill the parlor with the sweet sounds of accomplished performers. Only after midnight was the house silent again, but the ancient boards continue to hold memories of these and many other musicians who have graced the house.

A special thanks to Gary Mitchell and Fiddler Dave for making this stellar event happen!

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