Author: Cornish, Rick

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This is just about the perfect time of the year for me. For starters, I wasn’t able to learn to read until I was in the third grade, which meant that I was, for all intents and purposes, way behind my classmates from kindergarten through graduate school, which meant that, from five years of age on, June was far and away the best month of the year because it started a three-month break from school and the humiliation, frustration and general angst that it created for me. And then there’s the weather. More or less perfect, at least here in California. Mid-eighties, blue skies, new fruits coming into season at the grocery store pretty much on a weekly basis. And to top it all off, the first couple weeks of June, at least for we lucky ones, we bluegrass devotees, means the run up to Fathers Day at Grass Valley and everything that goes along with it. A couple days ago I shared some festival updates with you; yesterday, I offered you a brief glimpse of my manic behavior as it relates to the annual pilgrimage to Nevada County. This morning, let me share a handful of FDF-related e-mails that have come my way. Since beginning my tenure as CBA web-servant, these missiles have become as much a part of early June as the nice weather and fresh fruit. Here’s one that came in while I was writing the last sentence, in fact. (Note: Senders names have been changed to protect anonymity, a time-honored tradition here at cbaonthewe.org.)

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Hi Rick--Read your article yesterday about getting your GV list ready. My wife and I are doing the same and one thing I realized I hadn't purchased tickets yet. Tried to do that today, but got the message that online tickets weren't available right now. I hope this is temporary and that I will be able to purchase. Please let me know. Fred

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Fred--Sorry for that note (on the Online Tickets page). Given the fact that yours is the fifth or sixth note with the same question, I will change how the page reads when my .net programmer shows up for work tomorrow morning. Advance tickets, both snail mail and online, went OFF sale May 30th. Frankly, we end advance tickets sales that early in deference to the two volunteers, one e-tickets, the other mailed tickets, who have some pretty heavy accounting and tracking chores to do between the end of sale and the first day of the festival. But not to worry. Yes, you could have saved a few bucks with advance tickets; but no, there’s absolutely no problem buying tickets at the gate. In 31 years we’ve never sold out. Rick

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Hey Rick--I have a couple of questions about the festival. Firstly, who's the wizard that set up the workshop schedule? All of the really good ones are at noon on Friday. I realize it's not an easy task, and it probably depends a great deal on the person that's giving the workshop. But I'm still trying to figure out how to be in 5 places at once. My second question concerns tent camping spaces. I understand there's no saving spots and it's first come, first served. We have some friends coming from Oregon that won't be arriving until Thursday and we planned to arrive on Wednesday. They desperately want to camp near us. If I have my buddy send his tent down to me and I bring it with me and set it up next to ours, and pay for 2 nights tent camping, will I be forever shunned and looked down upon? Or is this a reasonable thing to do? I just don't want to ruffle any feathers. Thanks for your input. Stan

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Hello Stan--I’m going to assume your first question....wizard identity....was rhetorical, so I’ll skip to question number two. What you’re proposing to do is done ALL THE TIME. Putting up a tent is best, but even spreading a tarp will save the place and there’ll be NO shunning unless one were to go overboard and stake out a vast territory. (Though if you ask the wizard question of the right people, shunning could possibly ensue.) As for paying for two nights, no, you’ll not have to do that. Camping’s not charged by tent, more by vehicle. Glad you and your friends are coming. Rick

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Rhetorical. Hmmm. I had to look that one up. I guess maybe I'm suffering from something like Disneyland syndrome, where you're only there for a short time and you want to see and do everything all at once, and it's just not possible. My wife said I was only whining about the workshops because my field of interest is too broad. She said I need to focus. So I guess that's a non-issue. OK, we'll do the tent thing as planned. Thanks for your help & we'll see you there. Stan

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Dear Mr. Cornish—I recall that last year at this time the CBA posted information pertaining to the use of the lake located at the site of your festival. There was some mention of jet skis. At the time, our family did not own a jet ski, but now we have two. Is jet skiing on the lake still permitted? Estelle

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Dear Estelle—Actually, there really isn’t a lake at all at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. There’s a small pond that supports no recreational use at all except fishing….and that’s only for the kiddies. Sorry, no jet skis at the Fathers Day Festival.

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Hello CBA—My husband and I are in he process of deciding whether to come to your Fathers Day Festival next month. It would be our very first bluegrass festival. We have friends that have gone for many years and they’ve told us so much about your event and how much they love it. But they’ve also told us something that caused us some concern—apparently the music continues around the clock. That is, it never stops. My husband and I are not old fogies, but we do need our rest. If we come to the Fathers Day Festival, can we be guaranteed a quiet place to camp where the music will stop at a reasonable hour? Looking forward to a reply, Miriam

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Hi Miriam—Well, I must be completely honest and tell you that our Association cannot make such a guarantee. Camp jams do go on ‘round the clock at our festival. That said, there are some spots in the campgrounds that tend to be more quiet than others (and someone can advise you on this when you arrive). Also, if you arrive early enough, it is possible to sort of ‘shop around’ for just the right neighbors. But generally speaking, no, we can’t guarantee our attendees a bluegrass-less night’s sleep. Here’s hoping we see you at Grass Valley. Rick Cornish

And finally, my favorite of this year’s festival correspondence.

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Dear Rick—I am a seven-year oldå Jack Russell terrier and I’m writing to tell you how totally and completely sucky it is that I’m not allowed to attend your stupid festival. My owners, Marge and Herb, take me everywhere except to your dumb bluegrass festival, and I want you to know it breaks their heart that they have to leave me in a kennel (which by the way is noisy and drafty and run by people who are not very nice.) I am a quiet dog, small, well mannered, I know where and when to relieve myself. And, given my age, forty-nine in human years, I spend much of my time napping. Finally, I want you to know that I have lived my entire dog life without EVER BITING A SINGLE, SOLITARY PERSON. I just fail to see how allowing me to attend your event could cause any harm at all. I’d like to suggest that in the future you re-think your short-sighted, arbitrary and cruel prohibition of dogs. IT’S JUST NOT RIGHT. Skipper.

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Dear Skipper—Woof.
 
Posted:  6/3/2007



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