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Ivan Smiles at Bluegrass Festival!

August 28, 2009

Originally posted by Amber on Aug. 24 to the blog

As many of you know by now, we’re huge bluegrass fans. Ivan has grown up listening to Doc Watson and to this day the only way to get him to wake up in the morning is to play him a little Keep on the Sunny Side.

So when we heard there was going to be a Bluegrass Festival in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, we packed our bags and hit the road!

The festival was more fun than we could have imagined. Wonderful bluegrass bands from around New England played throughout the weekend. Due to off and on rain most of the performances were held indoors, but the weather cooperated on Sunday and we were able to listen to the music outside while enjoying the beautiful panoramic view.

But whether we were inside or out, the musical performances were perfect and made Ivan smile and dance!

Along with the dancing and music, we also enjoyed exploring Waterville Valley and experiencing the beauty of New Hampshire’s White Mountain Forest Reserve.

The festival was held in the Town Square which is set on a glassy lake and surrounded by mountains and rivers. Ivan absolutely loved listening to the idyllic sounds of the waterfalls and rambling brooks and creeks as well as playing on the beach by the lake. We even got to take a paddle boat out on the lake!

And whenever we tired of our outdoor excursions, we would head back in to listen to more banjos and fiddles! What a wonderful family weekend!

We’re definitely planning to attend next year’s bluegrass event and we’re also keeping our eyes out for more fun music festivals in the New England area. If you hear of any, let me know!

Photo below – Iron Skillet band performs in the gazebo at Town Square

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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