Monday, March 11, 2013

Visting Stephen Foster

Don't you just love Pandora Radio?   It's wonderful.  I'm here in my cave alternately working on a quilt and putzing on the computer, all the while listening to the likes of Journey and Adele and George Strait.  If you don't know about Pandora Radio, you owe it to yourself to check it out.  No, I don't have any connection to them. 

Hubby and I spent last week at Stephen Foster State Park.  It was our first trip there and it is a lovely park.  Unfortunately, the weather was quite nippy and the furnace in the RV got a good workout.
Bell tower 
One of the primary reasons for our visit was to meet up with friends we met in Vermont last summer who are dulcimer players.  On the first Saturday of each month, a Coffee House is held at the park where anyone can perform.  The host last week was Michael Vickey who is a master on both the hammered dulcimer and the mountain dulcimer. 
Michael Vickey on the hammered dulcimer
Michael Vickey on mountain dulcimer 
There were a few other performers as well.  We're told that there can sometimes be 10 to 15 performers.  It's just the luck of the night as to how many there are.  In addition to the performances, there's coffee and refreshments to be had.  The hot coffee was a very welcome treat last week. 

This young man played original compositions on the guitar and piano with only his left hand.

I don't know how I missed pictures of the beautiful trees with the spanish moss hanging from them, but I did. 

In the tiny town of White Springs, there is an old hardware/ mercantile store and I would absolutely love to see the inside of it.  I left noseprints on the windows as it was. 

During the wild azalea festival which is coming up soon, they will be holding activities in the building.  I'm bummed that we won't be there for that weekend. 

Off to my other chores for now.  Y'all take care. 


  1. I have never heard of the dulcimer but it sounds like it was an enjoyable event...I bet the wild azalea festival is wonderful too! Have fun with your chores..I'm off to tackle a big chore of my own! xo

  2. I have never heard of a dulcimer either, but it sounds like a fun event!

  3. I love dulcimer music and have thought about buying one to learn on! Beautiful old store and I would have been peeking inside as well.

  4. You had beautiful weather for your trip, even if it was cold. Lovely old building, but quite 'young' from our perspective!

  5. Sounds like a wonderful time! Beautiful photos!
    Mary Alice

  6. Oh I would have enjoyed this so much. Your photos are amazing. George Strait oh yeah nice voice. Be careful out there doing chores it is snowing here so a little slippery. B

  7. Oh I so would have enjoyed this. Your photos are amazing.
    George Strait I would love to here that radio station I don't think we have it here in Canada. Be careful out doing chores it is slippery here as it is snowing I am sure you do not have that problem:) B