1. Old Crow Medicine Show sang my favorite song about the “Down Home Girl” who came right off Maggie’s Farm … Well I swear your perfume, baby, is made out of turnip greens … Every time I kiss you girl, it tastes like pork and beans … (Video HERE .)
2. The heat didn’t hinder festival attendance. It was at full capacity on Saturday. Can you find yourself here, or maybe find Waldo? If not maybe you will in the video HERE.
3. My two year old grandson Bryce was a happy highlighted part of Saturday’s scenery. He’s his nana’s favorite photo-op.
4. Somewhere after Spiral Hoop’s dance performance and before Old Crow Medicine Show, Senator Warner showed up with his daughter Madison and made a brief appearance at the Dreaming Creek Stage, saying “Virginia is for lovers and for music lovers.” Later, when I saw him back in the hospitality tent he said he didn’t remember meeting me at Floydfest 2 years ago when he as an unemployed governor. He’s a senator now, still a nice guy and still happy to pose for the camera when asked. (Video HERE.)
6. Along with the full moon and the giant fire breathing junkyard dragon, dancing with Bryce on the new floor in the dance tent was definitely a Floydfest 9 bright spot. Bryce has inherited my dancing gene. My face was so red after dancing that a woman who saw it thought I had such a bad sunburn that she wanted me to check in at the First Aid booth. (Video HERE.)
7. Did I mention homegirls?
8. I got my yearly blessing from my favorite Blue Fairy, aka my friend Alina Ever.
9. I attended the Children’s Universe parade and took a video clip, which is HERE.
10. Bryce made another jamming appearance, drumming with his Opa Joe at a drum workshop taught by Charlottesville’s William “Whit” Whitten (far left) and Charisse Minerva (video clip HERE). Both Whit and Charisse stayed at our house over the festival weekend. Charisse works with Joe putting on meditation retreats for teens.
12. Family time is a big part of what makes Floydfest so special. Saying goodbye to Bryce, his mommy, daddy, and big sister was bittersweet. More highlights to come … Read the Floydfest story I wrote for The Floyd Press “Music Remains Mainstay of Festival” HERE. More photos HERE.