Thanks to those of you who checked with me to be sure I am still around. I am definitely safely parked in Benson, AZ. Between music and RV repairs I haven’t had a chance to report though. I’ll try and rectify that now.
On Halloween, I won $20 in the costume contest here at the park. Guess I make a pretty good scarecrow although I think many of us including me were surprised that I actually won money.
As you can see from the photo to the left, Connie had the more creative and better inflated costume. But she did not show up at the party to compete so I collected the third place prize.
Wickenburg Bluegrass Festival
The weather at this jam was sunny during the day, but cold and dark very early at night. There were no heated indoor places to jam at night, so we set up a couple of LP firepits and sang outside around these limited heat sources. We played until our fingers got too cold to pick a tune anymore. I will pass along these tips for jamming on a cold, dark night:
- Memorize as much music as you can as here is no light source that seems to work to allow the use of sheet music.
- Definitely arrange to have some sort of heat source (like the fire pits we used).
- You may want to practice in the dark (or with your eyes closed) at home so you get used to feeling where your fingers go and not being able to see what you are playing.
The best jam that I joined was the one at my rig right after breakfast on the first day before the show officially started. Folks heard us and came over to sit in with us. New people bring new ideas and we had a blast!
I am planning to caravan with my friends to Arizona Bluegrass festivals which are scheduled almost every weekend beginning after the holidays. Until then, I will keep you posted on any exciting developments out here in Arizona. In the meantime, please stay in touch. I hope you have the happiest of holidays!!