Sunday is a bittersweet day. The festival is winding down. The last classes and concert is within sight and soon to be over. For those that run the festival, it is a time for one last event. This year was no different.
Sunday’s Stramash concert was wonderful. Just as A Taste of Things to Come started out with tantalizing snippets of Celtic music, this concert was there to remind us of all the wonderful music we had heard over the last few days. Ed Miller hosted the Stramash. It was wonderful. Held at the 4H building in La Veta, it was packed with people yearning to hear one last note, sing one more song and to say goodbye to new friends until next year.
Here are a few more pictures. First off, a final dance class by Maggie and Cassie MacDonald. Then the Stramash.
Mixing the Celts was a treat. Cassie and Maggie MacDonald started out the evening with a ‘hurricane’ of sound. Adam Agee, Jerry O’Sullivan and Mairtian de Cogain filled the theatre with the musical magic of the Celtic Nations.
Then, after a lovely supper, the second concert got underway. Daimh, (pronounced Dive, and meaning kinship) brought a new perspective to Celtic Music. The theatre crowd was rocked by the sounds of pipes, fiddle, guitar and accordion.
Best yet, an unofficial tradition provided the perfect end to the concert.
The Washington School theatre and the Fox Theatre have both housed El Fandango, our folklorico dance group. The dressing room for the dance group has always served as the “Green Room” for concert musicians. In 2009, the band Giveway found the hats and wore them up on stage.
Ever since then, musicians for the Saturday concerts have donned the sombrero’s for the finale. Daimh and the Mixing the Celts group did as well.
Last night was fantastic. While many were uncertain of just how well the Washington School theatre would compare to the Fox Theatre, all doubts were put to rest by Carlos Nunez’s performance last night.
The audience started out slow, but as the beautiful sounds of the band filled the theatre, they grew more and more enthusiastic. Soon feet were tapping, hands clapping and in odd corners, people began to dance.
At the second half of the performance, Carlos and the band brought people up on stage, and danced through the theatre. It was beautiful. Even Barbara and Jack Yule were dancing! When the performance finally ended, it was to tumultuous applause.
If you are attending the concerts on Saturday, and like the menu posted in the previous post, please make your reservations by 10am on Friday September 25th.
Dinner will be held on Saturday Night between 6:30-7:45 pm at the Washington School in Walsenburg. (201 E. 5th st.) It’s $12.00 for a delicious meal, and is a great way to avoid the restaurant hunt and parking hassles.
We hope to see you there. Have a great festival, and thanks for your support.
Please check all your Workshops in the Festival Program for correct Venues. Some have changed from the Web site and original ticket/receipts. The Program has the updated Venues except for a change in the location of the Guitar-Advanced Technique to be held Sat. at11:30am which has been changed to the La Veta Community Center – 133 E. Ryus Street.
If you have questions, call the office at 719-742-5410.
It was brought to the festival’s attention that finding locations can be a bit of a challenge for newcomers to the festival. Be aware that there is a map in the back of the program, and for some of the locations, we will be posting directions here on the website.
The Taste of Things to Come Concert.
At I-25 exit 52, turn onto HWY 69, for 25 miles. The Community center is on the right.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR THOSE ATTENDING THURSDAY’S FREE CEILIDH AT UPTOP GHOST TOWN (OLD LA VETA PASS)
“UpTop Ghost Town” is the remnants of a village located on the old highway over La Veta Pass. This old portion of Hwy 160 was decommissioned in 1964 and has not been maintained well. The old road, 5.3 miles in length, connects to “new” Hwy 160 on both the east end and the west end. Thus, you can reach UpTop by approaching from either the east or west ends of the old road.
Here are the two options for driving to UpTop Ghost Town.
1. The scenic, but very rough, route is certainly passable in a passenger vehicle, but it will be slow and bumpy. You may find fallen rocks on the road, rock outcroppings, potholes and bumps on a road that is narrow. Traveling west on Hwy 160 toward La Veta Pass, turn left at mile marker 281 onto Huerfano County Road designated as “CR 443” where you’ll also see the sign for “Old La Veta Pass”. Drive 3.5 miles on the old road and you’ll reach UpTop Ghost Town. Expect 15 minutes to make this 3.5 mile drive.
2. The perhaps less scenic, but faster and smoother option is to drive west on US Hwy 160 (the current route over La Veta Pass) to mile marker 276 (thus, 5 miles west of the turn given in option #1) and turn left at Costilla County Road, designated as “RD SS”. Go east on that road for 1.8 miles and you’ll reach UpTop Ghost Town. Expect less than 15 minutes for this route.