Perhaps I’m a bit biased since I was this year’s co-chairman, but I thought that this was one of our best mountain dulcimer festivals ever. Lots of great music, workshops, concerts, food, vendors and companionship. Here are some of the highlights. We get started on Thursday with our “Yankee doodle Jam.”
For this jam, we played music from the Revolutionary War Era. Songs our forefathers actually played and sang as the colonists went to war with the British. The penny whistle added an authentic touch to the music.Everybody joined in and played. Maylee and Helen compiled the songs into a music book since so many of these songs weren’t familiar to us today.The “Taste of Louisiana” on Thursday afternoon was a treat too. We tasted fried alligator,and we sampled boudin balls and crawfish tarts.We served Afachafalya Swamp Juice.Our 3rd Annual Louisiana State Dulcimer Championship was successful with outstanding playing by our winner, Jan Carroll.We crowned a new king and queen of the fête — Bruce and Peggy Broussard.And serenaded them with the traditional Mardi Gras anthemn, “If Ever I Cease to Love.”And at our patriotic salute, we honored and recognized veterans of our armed services. They stood as their service branch was called.A.J. Kent, at age 97-years, is our oldest veteran attending.There were lots of activities at our fête on Thursday! If you missed it, come next year–for a good time.