To wipe away the tears of laughter when you see your Mum, Dad, Sister, Nephew, Husband, Daughter, Son, Friends new and old singing there hearts out and shaking there bums like Elvis!!
You need to wipe the tears of pride, when your son and daughter stand up in the aisle, in front of the world doing there own little jive, like they are the best mates in the world!!!!
But then you get that moment........there's one every year......it goes straight to your heart, it maybe a favorite song of someone no longer here, or a song that reminds you of a place you may never return to........this year for me it was about silence...........
Never before had I seen close to 2 thousand people silent at a folk festival, watching, listening learning how to sing a Russian Lullaby in sign language. And then to have the privlidge to stand up and witness it from a advantage point that many sitting down could not see....I was a mess ....I still am....to see so many people quiet and singing from there hearts with their hands.......Oh...it was just MAGIC!!
Some of you are interested in a little run down about taking kids to the Port Fairy Folk Festival. Heres my thoughts.......
The folkie is one of the most brilliant festivals for multi generations. Our family use is as a gathering every year. We all purchase tickets for christmas (no other presents are exchanged), we camp and have breakfast together. Then we are off, all in our separate directions. The oldies go to their preferred artists and we go to ours. We may or may not cross paths during the day, it just depends on how the winds blow. We all worked out a little routine that worked well this year..
All of the family heads into the arena and we get the kids to bed around 9.
In for the first show at 10, stay in until 2ish then dave took the kids back for a sleep, we then met up around 3.30 to catch some more music have tea in the arena and I took the kids back around 8.30. Dave had a night out in the "Shebeen" tent with the boys. The Shebeen is the only tent where alcohol can be served and drank. NO ALCOHOL is allowed in any of the other arenas.
In for the first show at 10, (dave looking a little green!) then Mum and Dad took the kids back for a sleep in the arvo (I think they had a little kippa to!), we all met up again and I had a GIRLS night out in the Shebeen!!!
All up and into the festival by 10 and stay until close around 12.
Head back to camp, pack up and come home.
You will have a mountain of washing, tired grumpy kids, no voice, a body that is aching from head to toe and you may even require an additional day off work....BUT it is one of the most sensational experiences we could have as a family. The music is BRILLIANT and the environment is just magic for the kids.
Note : We did not see or hear.....fights, drugs, bad language or public alcohol drinking. We did see a lot of oldies caring folkie chairs and kids on dad's or par's shoulders!!!
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