The Darin & Brooke Aldridge Festival at the Catawba Valley Revival site on Coot Williams Road in Cherryville, NC was a gem of a small festival last weekend. A promotion of John and Linda Hunsucker and located on a spacious field adjacent to their home, the site has all it takes to put on a festival. They've taken an old corn field and planted it with grass which, despite Thursday night's torrential rains, provided a solid base for heavy use. There's ample space for dry camping with a convenient and pleasant bath house available containing flush toilets and hot showers. The performance tent is located in a slight bowl surrouned by plenty of parking, a large vendors area, and a tin roofed shed set up for local churches and other organizations to sell wholesome and tasty food. There's plenty of space available to expand this festival as it attracts increasing numbers of attendees.
Friday morning kicked off with a golf tournament at the Cleveland Country Club. That's Cleveland County, NC, not Cleveland, OH, a good distinction. I'll be writing about why bluegrass musicians should or shouldn't play golf at another time. Suffice it to say that there was lots of fun on a lovely golf course blessed with a perfect day. The awards luncheon (fancy place, fancy name) was a tasty barbecue provided by Bridges Barbecue of Shelby. If you notice a red tinge on some of my pictures from this weekend, blame it one the golf. Oh...those of you familiar with Dr. Tom Bibey and his blog will be interested to know that the noted bluegrass doc/bluegrass musician/golfer showed up for his friends Darin & Brooke and played with enthusiasm if not distinction.