Sunday, July 3, 2011

4th of July Weekend!

We are nearly to the end of our busy weekend! Friday kicked it off with a visit to the residents at the Sterling House in Greeley, where they are always so appreciative of the kids' efforts.

After that we headed to all-you-can-eat pizza to fill everyone up for a Streetmosphere in Fort Collins. The crowds were fantastic this weekend! A local pizza kiosk showed up half way through our three-hour set and needed us to move over a bit. We happily complied, and in appreciation, the owner gave the kids a slice each of cheese pizza. It's a good thing the kids will eat pizza anytime.

After heading home long enough to sleep, we jumped back into the van and went to GospelGrass on the Divide. This was a first time festival, and I was amazed at how nice it turned out! Often you get smaller audiences and many things require some ironing out, but they had a great crowd, concessions, vendors, antique car show, and a lot of great music.

Prior to the event, the parents of three sets of identical teenage twins, all bluegrass players in bands, conspired to put together a band called "Triple Double Trouble". They practiced a bit at last week's festival, and a bit before their show, then did a 20 minute set with the six of them.

Of course, we had to sit back and enjoy ourselves, too, including the younger two, full of their ornery ways. They ran around, played in the volley ball sand pit, got nice and dirty, ate hamburgers, brownies, and stuck a big cone on the head. All in a day's work.

This morning we were privileged to play for our church's service at the reservoir, where they had seven baptisms, we played some great bluegrass gospel, and had some BBQ'd hamburgers.

Tomorrow we are excited to play two music sets for Laramie, Wyoming's "Freedom has a Birthday". We'll be there at 11am at the bandshell, and at 1pm on the center stage.

When that is finished, the real adventure begins. We *MOVE*. We close on the house on the 22nd. Everything will need to go. I think we have our work cut out for us!

Happy Pickin'!

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