Monday, August 25, 2008

A visual festival tour

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Jay and I spent Saturday at Forest Jam, a fun little music festival up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The festival pitched itself as featuring regional jam, rock and acoustic music in a low-key, non-commercial, environmentally friendly setting. We hadn't heard of any of the bands playing but it sounded good so off we went. It turned out to be a really nice little festival - not too many attendees but great music, heavy on Grateful Dead cover bands and other deadheady type music, with occasional forays into bluegrass and more bluesy stuff. As someone who spent most of her teenage years following the Dead up and down the east coast it was like coming home again, but twenty years younger. I was a bit taken aback to realize that I'd been to my first Dead show before a lot of the attendees were born, but there were enough old fogies around to keep us feeling in our element. It was a great step outside of time, and the perfect end to our little mini-vacation.
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Here are a few visual snippets so you can see for yourselves.
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Stranger's Vibe on the main stage - these guys were giving away copies of their very cool cd (I am loving this free cd as promo trend)
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Festival life:
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Environmental canvassers hard at work
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Check out the guy with the sphere - he was amazing! And yes, he is wearing a skirt utilikilt. No, I don't know why. No, he wasn't alone - I saw another guy wearing one too.
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Craft booths
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Jay hanging out in our chairs next to the sound guys (for Janet who says I never show any pictures of my husband)
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And for everyone back home in Israel, here's proof that festival food doesn't have to be inedible. Even the iced coffee was fresh-brewed and made to order!

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This post is already insanely long so I won't subject you to any more photos tonight, but come back tomorrow for some shots of the festival's beautiful setting on a wooded riverbank.

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11 comments:

anymommy said...

Great pictures. And, your time alone in the last post sounds delectable. Glad that everyone had fun.

Leora said...

Bird-Friendly Coffee?!
Glad you had fun. I love the White Mountains.

Maribeth said...

Hey, looks like fun!

This Eclectic Life said...

Wow! You folks have the best vacations. I just wish you were closer to Texas, darn it. If you ever come this way, you'd better let me know!

Nancy said...

I like all the photos. Looks like you two had a good time =)

Janet said...

Reminds me of Woodstock LOL!

And I swear, I don't remember you posting pics of him! Man...I must really be getting old.

Phyllis Sommer said...

why is coffee unfriendly to birds?

these are great. i don't think i've ever seen the hubby either!!!! he's a cutiepie.

looks like you had so much fun. you deserve it!

Robin said...

Apparently "bird-friendly" means that the coffee is shade-grown, which provides a haven for migratory birds. I'd never heard of it until this weekend either.

Scribbit said...

I had to go through the comments and find out what in the world "bird friendly" coffee was. Who knew there were kinds that birds could object to? :)

Happy Woodstock Day!

Lis Garrett said...

If I didn't know any better, I'd swear you were in Ithaca!

Jill said...

There may have been coffee there... but I guarantee it wasn't as good as Aroma or Arcaffe! Or even Cup o' Joe's!