did this...ummm. Good strawberry preserves.
Aaron and Jaime and kids arrived, so while the guys went off to mow and begin the clean-up at Derek's, us womenfolks took off for Vandalia Gathering at the Capitol in Charleston.
Vendor tents lined the circle in the shady circle drive of the building
and musicians were everywhere, playing in jam sessions under the trees
or competing in fiddle, banjo, flatpick guitar, and other contests
while in the singing tent we sang the old songs with Kate Long, Becky Kimmons and others.
Irish step-dancers perform the sword dance in the great hall of the Cultural Center,
and outside our friend Wendy Perrone sat with her Golden Eagle Spirit
We took a little detour through the halls of the Capitol. The Governor wasn't in.
Looking up one of the spiral staircases on either side of the rotunda is a little dizzying.
The second floor, towards the 'well' in the center of the rotunda. Michaela loved the echo chamber and the sound of her feet on the marble floors.
The two floors, looking like a reflection.
As the shadows lengthened, we settled under the trees to listen to Odie and friends picking some fine bluegrass. Everywhere was music--Old-time, Celtic, square dance, singing and bluegrass. You could move from place to place to listen to one pick-up group after another, a musical smorgasbord.
Then it was time to head home to the guys, the fire pit and good memories of a very good day.