Yesterday, we attended the Back Dog Wine and Blues Festival at Chateau Morrisette Winery, Meadows of Dan near Floyd, VA. It turned out to be a full and fun day with neat perfect weather.
Coated in Sunblock 70, I didn’t suffer any sunburn but others in our small group didn’t fair as well. I’ll never forget the first music festival I attended in the mountains at Chateau Morrisette and the severe case of sunburn/sun poisoning I ended up with–never again!
Yesterday was the largest crowd at one of these events I’ve seen–perhaps because it was their first festival of the year and the weather was so nice. The hillside of the outdoor music theater was well covered and all day there seemed to be a queue for tasting and purchasing wine. While mostly an adult event there were some children enjoying the music, food and mountain environment. The food we sampled was excellent and I believe there was a wide enough selection to meet almost anyones taste.
During one of the musical breaks we began to hear the sound of a jazz trumpet dancing lightly across the hillside. After a few moments we discovered the source to be an elderly gentleman in the crowd who brought his own instrument.
A couple of songs into Eric Lindell’s next set, after the break, and this same gentleman began making his way to the stage where he proceeded to join in with Eric’s group–although unplanned he was excellent and his trumpet sounded great with the group. The crowd was really getting into it–the elderly gentleman was later introduced as Dr. Jack Young.
It was an amazing moment which completely stole the show and had the crowd cheering! It was one of those inspiring moments you remember a long time.
Note: The next music event at Chateau Morrisette is the Black Dog Wine and Jazz Festival on August 8th, 2009.