Monday, June 18, 2012

Floating down the Tennessee River


Since Memorial Day weekend (the last Saturday of May), there have been a flurry of activities, from boating to hiking to music festivals. So many videos to edit, so little time...

We took our boat out for the first time this season to find our anchor frozen. We tied up to Hale Kai (thanks, guys!), so we could cool off in the river on a hot summer day (feels like summer already, eventhough it doesn't officially start until Jun 20.)

This was followed by 3 music festivals the next weekend - Chattanooga's Riverbend Music Festival, Nashville's CMA Music Festival, and Manchester's Bonnarroo. These festivals were all within 1-2 hour(s) of each other. Why they schedule all these music festivals on the same weekend is incomprehensible to me. Needless to say, the cops had a field day all along Interstate 24, from Chattanooga to Nashville.

I first learned about FanFair and the CMA Festival through our friend Joyce. We had cruised to the Abacos, the Bahamas together in 2003. As all cruisers know, boating and schedule don't go together very well, but she had one and needed to return to the States as she had tickets to FanFair.

Fast forward to 2007. We arrived in Chattanooga, and that June, we met Joyce at the CMA Festival in Nashville. We enjoyed it so much we've been going back almost every year. With fabulous (and free) music on many stages, and in clubs, stores and restaurants, as well as generous sponsors giving out lots of free stuff, what's not to like? We also have a favorite restaurant - Wild Horse Saloon, serving decent southern fare at reasonable prices. The establishment has a stage and a huge dance floor, complete with line dancing lessons. Here are some pictures from that weekend.
Mia Bergmann performing at the Hard Rock Cafe Stage

At the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage
French's Shoes and Boots

Inside Ernest Tubb record store


How's your summer so far?

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1 comment:

  1. It would be nice to see a music festival when we visit you

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