My daughter and I had a fantastic weekend- I don’t think I’ll be able to do it justice in the telling. Fair warning- this post will contain tons of superlatives- and they will be repeated, cuz there just aren’t enough. There will be links. And there will be absolutely no knitting or spinning content- though I might throw in a gratuitous goat shot at the end.
On Saturday afternoon, C and I each packed a small bag (and I packed some knitting- cuz come on, this is me) and we headed over the mountains to WV. A friend, John, owns the most amazing, magical, wonderful place there called The Purple Fiddle. It’s a cafe, music venue, pub, oh, just go look at the site, would ya- I’ll wait. In telling me about it, John had referred to it as his “living room” and it really has the most inviting, welcoming feeling. John is pretty fantastic, and he’s surrounded himself with people who are on top of things and manage to make you feel like you belong every minute you are there. I’m sorry I didn’t take any pictures during the day while things were quiet, but we did manage to get some shots of the band we went to see, The Blue Hit– go to their site and take a look around, I’ll still be here.
The Blue Hit
I’ll even give you a youtube link so you can listen to one of my favorite songs of theirs. They were simply amazing. John’s beautiful guitar, David’s haunting cello, and Grace’s angelic voice (I want to say beautiful and haunting too, but then what do I do about the guitar and cello?)- beyond wow. C and I were completely blown away. We also spent some time with Grace over the course of the weekend- and she is even sweeter than her voice. All three were so nice and easy-going. Now, we had just planned on going Sunday to see them, but John kinda twisted my arm (it didn’t take too much twisting) to go Sat., to see Girls Guns and Glory– who also completely enthralled us. Youtube link to the title song of their latest album Inverted Valentine. Saturday night we didn’t think to have the camera with us- but I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing these guys were on stage- and they completely had the place rocking. Even better, though, was hanging with John and the guys afterwards. Very down-to-earth, real guys. They’re from Boston, so there was some geography talk considering my brother lived there. They toured in France, and are heading back there in a few weeks. At the end of the night, we were all back at the hostel, some were playing pool, but most everyone was just talking. I was talking with one member- cross-legged, barefoot on the kitchen counter- shhh, don’t tell John (I need to emphasize this was NOT the cafe’s kitchen) solving important world issues. This guy has the sweetest soul I have ever come across, and if the universe is not extremely kind to him, I will have to do some universal ass-kicking.
On Sunday there was a free show in the afternoon, The Great Unknown– again, a fantastic show.
My intention for this weekend, besides introducing C to an artist she needed to meet (I’ll get to that) was to do some thinking, regrouping, and healing. Instead- I just decided to “be.” And that ended up being sooooo what I needed. I came home relaxed, energized, and inspired.
Now- about C. She draws these wonderful “creatures” doing all sorts of stuff.
bedtime in creature land
When I was down there visiting the first time, I met a friend of John’s, Seth, who has a gallery there- The White Room. His drawings are whimsical, light-hearted yet pretty profound. I really thought she should meet him. So I convinced her to gather a portfolio (she made the cover from brightly colored duck tape- pretty fun) and bring it. Now, it took some prodding once she was there to go show him her stuff (can’t say I blame her- that takes a ton of courage and I’m so proud of her for doing it). He told her he loved her stuff, that she should never, ever stop drawing, and he showed it off to some friends there in the gallery who also praised her profusely. I think he may have made her year, maybe even her lifetime. Follow the link above for Seth’s stuff, it’s pretty amazing.
I can’t tell you enough how warm and inviting The Purple Fiddle is- you should go see for yourself. Awesome food, wonderful beer, great bands, fantastic coffee (that is very important), incredible atmosphere- you can’t go wrong. There is a guest house, and C managed to get a shot of our room-
sweet room with a very comfy bed
She got some great shots as we were leaving the area, too-
I’ve half a mind to pack up all the animals, the kids, some clothes, my yarn and various fluff and move us all out there. If only it were that easy…
So, my advice to you my friends- if you can ever get to Thomas, WV- plan a stay at The Purple Fiddle. Also, if you ever get a chance to see The Blue Hit, Girls Guns and Glory, or The Great Unknown- do. (I happen to know that GGG will be back at the Fiddle Halloween weekend- I’m giving that some serious thought.)
Whew. Thanks for sticking with me on this one.
And tonight’s goatie pic is Sirius Black doing what he does best- being handsome.
My Brown Eyed Goat
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