MerleFest 2010

It is that time of year.  Our show season has begun.  We left our house at 6:00 am on April 29th, pulling our camper.  We were bound for Merlefest in Wilkesboro, NC.

It took us about 3 1/2 hours to get there.  The drive was so beautiful and thank goodness it was uneventful.

We arrived at just the right time.  I checked us in at the information booth and Danny drove over to the camping/parking lot and dropped off our camper.

We unloaded all of our stuff at the Heritage tent and then we setup our booth in about an hour.  Not bad at all.

We headed back to our camper and set it up.  This only took us about an hour also. Things were moving and flowing very smoothly.

We tried to lay down and take a nap, since we have such long days (our longest day was almost 14 hours in our booth) here, but we couldn’t sleep.  I think we were to excited about being here.  We enjoy doing doing Merlefest.

We love the music at Merlefest.  The music ranges from bluegrass to americana to rock.  Groups like: The Steep Canon Rangers and Steve Martin, Elvis Costello, and Little Feat.  What a wonderful mix of music and it is so good live.

The people that Merlefest seems draw are a good group of people, which helps to make this a great family event.  They don’t allow drinking on the grounds, so this keeps things pretty calm and fun for the most part.  This event is about the music and clean family fun.

At the end of our long days in the booth, we are pretty tire, but one of the wonderful things about camping on the grounds at Merlefest is we are able to drift to sleep listening to wonderful music.  The music is loud at Merlefest.  You can hear it pretty much every where on the grounds.  It is a weekend of music with a few other things sprinkled in.

There are events that kids can part take in.  There is a giant slide, rocking climbing wall, face painting, etc.

There is also a huge sand sculpture being created through out the Merlefest event.  See the slideshow of pictures at the bottom of this post.

There are vendors setup selling all sorts of stuff.  Anything from shoes to photographs.  There is a demonstration tent called the Heritage tent and this is where we were setup.  Danny was demonstrating flute making and we were selling flutes, Danny’s music, and carved shell necklaces.

Our sales were down this year, but all in all, we enjoyed our time at Merlefest and were glad we went.

Some comments that we found entertaining:

Danny explained to a woman that our flutes are used to express what is in your heart.  The woman responded and said “my heart is full of sin”.  Danny responded to her saying “that may make for some interesting music”.  We all laughed.

Danny told a man that came to our booth that he could easily play a flute and the man responded “Every time I pick up a wind instrument, I start hyperventilating”.  We laughed.

Here are some Merlefest related links:

Below is a slideshow of some pictures from Merlefest that I took (Kay) and the background music is from Danny’s cd, Sacred Ground.  I hope you enjoy the slideshow.

To see our flutes and artwork, check out our web site at:  Mountain Spirit Flutes.


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