Another great time at the Alma Music and Arts Festival. The weather went from questionable in the morning to beautiful by days end. With the help of my daughter, Elle, for the first few hours and my wife Allison the remainder of the afternoon it was both fun and profitable. See you there next year!
Absolutely fantastic weekend of blues music at Blues on the Chippewa in Durand. Sales were great, the people were generous and the vibe was super! Count me in for next year and then some. My wife, Allison, and I worked together on Sunday. She always brings her flair for design, people skills and a willingness to WORK to each and every event she attends. Thanks to her we were able to enjoy the amazing voice of Kelley Hunt from Kansas City, MO. She and her band really got the crowd moving!
Blues on the Chippewa coming up this weekend. The kettle will be on-location offering kettle corn to attendees on Saturday Aug 2nd and Sunday Aug 3rd. Looking forward to a weekend of great local, regional and national blues musicians in lil' ol' Durand, WI. And the free will donation admission provides supplemental funding for the Pepin County Food Pantry & Brent Titus Music for Children Program!
The Kettle Korn House will be bagging and selling kettle corn on-location for the 10th annual Alma Music and Arts Festival. Situated in the town park along the banks of the Mississippi River the festival will feature music all day, art and food from area musicians, artists and vendors. Our first time at the event because the KKH is usually at the Shawano County Fair during Labor Day weekend. I miss being in Shawano but I don't miss the long drive and the long six day event. Bring on the bands and let's have a good time closer to home. http://www.almawisconsin.com/events/musicartsfestival.html
UPDATE: Beautiful weather and good attendance made for a great day in Alma. After a crazy busy day at the MN State Fair the day before it was a sweet to slow down and a day by the river. The bands that played were really entertaining and I met some other vendors that I hope to see again somewhere down the road. If nothing else maybe at the 2013 Music and Arts Festival.
What an absolutely fantastic weekend in Durand, WI! The Blues on the Chippewa music festival was a great three day event. Despite spotty weather Friday night and early Saturday the perfect combination of sunshine, low humidity and great music made for a profitable and entertaining weekend. Ms Allison was stylin' both herself and the Kettle Korn House once again. Floral arrangements and Allison's eye for detail on the front end of the House made this shack really look good.
There were so many good bands that played that I have to visit www.bluesonthechippewa.org to remember. A short list of bands that really stood out were
Ms. Allison taking Five
The Kettle Korn House was a first time vendor at the 3rd Annual Grass on the Chippewa bluegrass festival in Durand, WI July 7-8. After a week of 90+ degree weather the week leading up to the event it was a beautiful weekend - dry and mid-80's. Unfortunately the attendance was poor and sales were less than stellar. This was the first year the organizers tried charging an entry fee, $15/$20 and it definitely weeded out those folks who were true bluegrass fans. Despite the poor attendance numbers the twelve bands that performed were absolutely top notch. A wide range of styles and ages. What impressed me the most were the number of young players doing original tunes. I felt like I was back in East Tennessee at times esp. when one of the bands played "Rocky Top".
In addition to the music it was a real joy to spend two days with my lady friend, Allison. Her contributions stylistically, physically and mentally made for a successful weekend in ways much more important than money. Adding my daughter Elle, sister Wendy and nephew Jakob to the mix on the last day made the time spent in Tarrant Park a family event for me I won't soon forget.
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