I trust y’all had a good Labour/Labor Day weekend. If there is one thing I take away from each Labor Day, it is that working for a living sucks.
We spent most of the weekend in the mountains of Virginia. Our youngest child, and only daughter, is beginning her senior year in high school today. She had arranged for visits to several colleges this past weekend and we made a family trip out of it. Of course, no trip through the Shenandoah Valley would be complete without several side trips to pick apples and peaches. We brought a couple bushels of each home with us. I’m looking forward to pies, cobblers, and fritters in the coming weeks. It’s not quite cider season yet, so we’ll have to make another trip up Carter Mountain in a few weeks.
To enjoy our Labor day we paddled the upper James River. Cool, clear water and a swift current helped wash away any thoughts of the looming return to work. My wife has six classrooms of new students and I will return to the noise, heat, and stench of the plant. The peace of the mountains and rivers will be treasured memories until our next chance to escape.
The temperatures are starting to cool off a bit, a sure sign that the second round of festivals is about to begin. It has become a tradition on the Bus to list some of the upcoming festivals around the U.S. and Canada twice a year. Thanks to rider Katie for reminding me to get the fall festival listing posted. As always, if I missed your favorite festival, leave a comment and tell us about it, especially our Canadian friends. I could not find much happening in Canada this season.
To help get you through the return to work or school, here is the Fall Festival list. Mark your calendars and get out to see some live music.
Here are a few classic bluegrass gems to get things rolling as you plan your trips.
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Wheatland Music Festival
Clarksville Riverfest Celebration
Walnut Valley Festival
Laurel Lakes Fall Bluegrass Festival
Salemburg, North Carolina
Berkley Old Time Music Convention
Strawberry Park Folk Music & Dance Festival
Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival
Bristol's Rhythm and Roots Reunion
The FOOTMAD (Friends of Old Time Music and Dance) Fall Festival
Beckwith, West Virginia,
Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Uncle Pen Days
Bean Blossom, Indiana
The Big Spring Jam
Arkansas State Fiddle Championship
The Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View, Arkansas
IBMA Bluegrass Fan Fest
Moonshiners Reunion and Mountain Music Festival
Campobello, South Carolina
Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention
Sharlot Hall Museum Folk Music Festival
The John Stuart Harvest Jam
Riverbend Bluegrass Festival
69th Annual National Folk Festival