4th Annual Waterville Valley Bluegrass Festival

by Amber on August 24, 2009

Iron Skillet Band.

The Iron Skillet Band playing in the gazebo on Sunday.

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.

Ivan smiling.

Ivan smiling while he listens to Blackstone Valley Bluegrass.

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!

Ivan and dad on the beach.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!

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Gary Skillings August 24, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Thank you so much for posting this photo of our band. We had a rough go due to the humidity which was taken it’s toll on the instruments, but by the grace of god we managed to get by…
Thanks on be half of the Iron Skillet Band.
God Bless
Gary L Skillings

Jan Stearns August 27, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Great post! I’ve copied this post onto my blog http://www.wvnh.com/content/index.php?page=mainnews
Glad that you stuck it out despite the crazy, uncooperative weather!
Hope to see you back in Waterville Valley soon!

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