Author: Bartlett, Regina


Welcome and howdy to you travelers out on Harmony Road.

Wasn’t Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival at Grass Valley FUN? How did you like the new stage lighting panels? In the daylight I wasn’t sure I liked those gauzy panels but at night they were really amazing and so complimentary to the music and musicians on stage. A tip of the hat to whoever thought of the stage lighting change.

And how about the Lifetime members seating? What a great idea. It was good to see our volunteers recognized and seated in front of the stage in those different colored chairs. We are blessed to have such members in our CBA family.

Opening day, I woke up early around 4:30 am to get in the ‘chair line’ and met many of the usual suspects. And once again, I have to give special recognition to Marty Martini who went up and down the line serving Starbucks coffee: de-caf and regular with cream and sugar…twice. What a guy! Folks say that he does this every year. Marty does this out of the kindness of his heart just because he can. We are blessed to have such a member in our CBA family.

This year, I brought my good friend Kay Wilkes (a CBA member) to her very first Grass Valley Father’s Day Festival. She loved seeing Darby and Cliff Compton and the fact that the bands played several times during the festival. Well folks, she’s hooked. She loved Grass Valley. Kay is from Maggie Valley, North Carolina and has been part of my Camp Howdy family of friends for many years and lives up the road from me here in Watsonville.

We were fortunate to work for Jennifer Kitchen with Mona Anacleto and we sure enjoyed working together at our volunteer jobs. You all know Mona, she scoots around the festival on her red scooter and nothing ever gets her down and she sure doesn’t miss many Bluegrass festivals. She’s volunteered at many festivals and has worked the Gate Crew, Membership, and Hospitality. Many years ago, I met Mona thrift shopping in Woodland and we‘ve been friends ever since then. She’s a treasure of a woman and we are blessed to have such a member in our CBA family.

It was great to see Jack Sadler (CBA membership number 3) at Grass Valley. He has the most amazing voice and his fiddle playing with his band Lone Prairie is fantastic. Since the passing of Joe Kimbro, the band hasn’t played together very much. However, I did hear them play on KKUP not too long ago. We are blessed to have such a member in our CBA family.

David Brace sure did an amazing job running the Festival. He takes care of so many details and all with a sense of humor. Thanks David.

How about the volunteer breakfeast send off? Mrs. Brace and friends prepared coffee, orange juice, bagels, ham, eggs, for all the volunteers each morning. It sure was nice to have someone thinking of you and feeding you before you go do your job.
We are blessed to have such members in our CBA family.

The concerts on the Main Stage and Vern’s Stage and the Pioneer Stage, the workshops, the jamming everywhere made this one of the finest Father’s Day Bluegrass Festivals ever.

I don’t know about you but for me, when I got home and back into my life, something was missing…all of you! I missed the jamming, the concerts, the music but most of all, you - my CBA Family of Friends.

So I went down to Phil’s for a dose of Bluegrass Music by the Courthouse Ramblers and Pete Hicks, and ran into Paul King from Lone Prairie and his wife Gerry, and Richard, who each year, flies over from Maui to attend Grass Valley. When I mentioned to Richard how much I missed Grass Valley, he said that he did too and that he cried when he left because the Nevada County Fairgrounds were so empty of all the people and music and our little Family of Friends. I guess we’ll just have to count our blessings and wait until next year!

This year, I plan to go to Boulder Creek for the 4th of July and attend the San Francisco Folk Music Club July 4 Campout, at the Boulder Creek Boy Scout Reservation. I hope to play some Appalachian Dulcimer and guitar. I’ve never gone to this event and I have heard that it’s pretty good. It’s close to home so perhaps I’ll see some of you there.

Be sure to put the Good Old Fashioned Festival on your calendar August 7-10 at Bolado Park in Hollister at the San Benito County Fairgrounds. It’s a sweet little festival just filled with all your favorite pickers and friends. The stars put on a show at night and the jamming is everywhere! Volunteers are still needed. Contact Elicia Burton if you’d like to volunteer - (831) 246-1910. I also need a couple more volunteers for the Kids on Stage program. Please contact me if you’d like to be on the KOS team.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society has announced the Main Stage Line-Up for the August 7-10, 2014 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass The bands:

Abbott Brothers
Amazing Dr. Zarcon’s Breathing Machine
Bean Creek
Brookdale Bluegrass Band
California Pearly Blue
Courthouse Ramblers
Faux Renwah
Highway One
Houston Jones
Jimmy Chickenpants
Kids on Stage
Naked Bootleggers
Rainy Day Ramblers
Red Dog Ash
Rhythm Roundup
Rogue River
Sidesaddle & Co.
Slide Road
Steep Ravine
Stoney Mountain Ramblers
Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band
Ventucky String Band
Windy Hill

Additional bands performing on two other stages will be announced at a later date. The 21st annual festival is a benefit for the NCBS and its many projects supporting bluegrass music in the area.

I want to thank all of you that have encouraged me to continue writing my column Harmony Road. I write about people, places and music that I encounter. So far this year Harmony Road has traveled to The Great 48 Jam in Bakersfield, Hawaii Bluegrass Campout, RegiFest2, Parkfield, Hickstival, and Grass Valley.

Until next time, I’ll see you out there on Harmony Road!

Posted:  6/27/2014

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