In less than a month Ben and I will be driving to Wilkesboro, NC to attend MerleFest 2009 with my in-laws (Ruth & Ed), my favorite Uncle (Steve) and Bonnie. We're staying an a very nice cabin in West Jefferson, NC - in the mountains of NC.
MerleFest is an annual BlueGrass music festival. It features 13 stages (sized from small intimate "pickin' places" to a huge professional outdoor auditorium). It takes place every year on the campus of Wilkes Community College (located in the mountains of NC) and is has contributed over 17 million dollars to the community.
It's a fabulous event and I'm really happy we'll be going this year. Ben is taking his dobro (he took his cello last year - they have an instrument truck where you can leave your instruments in the hands of the local church during the day - tagged & logged in - so you don't have to carry them around), I'm pretty sure Ed is taking his mandolin and God only knows what Steve will take. Maybe I'll buy me some spoons this year. ;-)
The cabin has a hottub but we'll be so busy I doubt we'll even see it. Another nify thing about MerleFest is the napping tent. Yes! I said napping tent!! When we went a few years ago we drove down after work on a friday and I was so exhausted on Saturday that Ben lost me for a few hours - he couldn't find me - because I was in the napping tent snoring away. Best nap of my life! Sleeping on the grass with my purse under my head and Bluegrass in the air. Pretty darn nifty if you ask me.