It’s Festival Time Ya’ll

Here in the South, we love a good spring/summer festival especially if it involves local music and craft beer and wine!  We had the privilege last Friday night to enjoy our little town’s local festival, Field Fest 2018 – the first of 4 installments – and it did not disappoint!  Yes, it rained almost the entire time but that’s just how it goes sometimes…you are best to pull up your rain boots and have fun anyway!

 

We love this time of year…gatherings of people, having fun, shopping, enjoying local music and consuming craft beer or homemade wines!  Husband and I decided last night while musing by one of our first bonfires of the spring/summer in the backyard that we want to attend more festivals this summer!  Field Fest was a great way to get started!  There are also at least 3 festivals I’d wanted to attend last Saturday, the first Saturday in May; but of course we were in the gym all day at a basketball tournament…gotta love being a sports parent!  Go Fury!

A few of our favorite local festivals and music events…Field Fest in Bluefield, Virginia the first Thursday of June, July and August; The Budbreak Festival in Mt. Airy, North Carolina (see my post last year about “boy bracelets” we had an amazing time at this one last year), The Spring Fling at Shelton Vinyards Winery in Dobson, North Carolina. (Delicious wines and a beautiful property paired with tons of local crafters and music…what could be better?), Trail Days in Damascus, Virginia (a dirty trail hiker homecoming) and the Highlands Festival in Abingdon, Virginia. (This one has made some changes in the last five years or so but it is still a really nice week-long event featuring crafts, demonstrations, antiques and an opportunity to see a play at the outstanding Barter Theater or Stage II.)

What are your favorite festival?  We are up for suggestions and new adventures!

St. Patrick’s Day, Basketball and Axes!?!

Hello Friends!  March is here and so is March Madness and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations!  While my crew stayed basically glued to the television all weekend for the historic Cinderella stories that have unfolded this season we did tear ourselves away briefly Saturday evening to celebrate my brother-in-law’s St. Patrick’s Day birthday in Charleston, West Virginia.

 

Several weeks ago my sister called and asked if we would visit them at their home in Charleston to celebrate Mike’s birthday and to “throw axes” with them!?!  My sister is pregnant with their second baby and they have been going through a major kitchen remodel for the last 3 months so I began to think that she may have finally lost it!  Either way, I agreed to join them for some ax throwing fun!

And boy was it fun!  In downtown Charleston, West Virginia  there is a little deli called the Lucky Dill that has made a recent addition, Axes & Ales, an ax throwing course akin to darts but WAY more entertaining than your typical pub game!  Upon arrival we received a quick lesson from the staff about how to hold and throw the “axes”, which were actually camp hatchets, and how to safely take turns without having to dodge flying weapons!  The staff was also kind enough to stay around and assist us with technique – its harder than it looks!

Husband was the Ax Throwing Champion of the evening!  I did finally get a few to stick in the wall.  Apparently, there is a regular league night like bowling for ax throwing….if that isn’t enough to make you want to be a Mountaineer I don’t know what is!!  This was definitely one of the coolest things we have ever done in Charleston!  If you are ever in the Mountain State I recommend you stop in to the Lucky Dill Deli and Axes & Ales for a lumberjack good time!!

Now, back to basketball!!