Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The MACC - Tuesday - Anticipation!

The community has been gathering here at Hoover Y Park just south of Columbus since Sunday. Early birds arrive, set up their campsites, put out their chairs and settle back for several days of visiting, jamming, and wandering about. The sound company (Soundwave) shows up and begins assembling the huge stage and super sound system. Volunteers (there are about 75 of us here) go about accomplishing the many tasks that make a festival come alive. By 1:30 this afternoon, when the music will kick off with Wildfire and run until nearly midnight, when Mountain Heart will close out the day, the event will be running smoothly and another great festival will be up and running. This festival is especially poignant, as it is dedicated to the memory of Darrel and Phyllis Adkins late daughter, Mandy, who died in 2000 of a brain stem cancer. Stricken by grief, and yet deeply grateful to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital for the care Mandy received, they rededicated their already well-established festival, The Bluegrass Classic, to her memory. Since the, Musicians Against Childhood Cancer has donated nearly half a million dollars to St. Jude's. The pictures in this morning's blog represent a series of vignettes of the setting, the people, the volunteers - The Scene. Take some time to get in the mood of this fine event.

Jammers Jam
Enough Firewood?

Girl's Weekend Out
Liz Collier, Rosy Root, Trena Collier

Their Private "Facility"

Vendors Setting UpSetting the Stage

Installing the Sound Board


Volunteers and Staff Keep it Going
Like the Fire

Darrel Adkins
A Few Moments to Relax before it All Starts

Phyllis Adkins

A Little Cornhole Game

Volunteers' Dinner

Your Intrepid Bluegrass Photographers