I am catching up with some of our end-of-summer fun on the blog. Just as it takes me weeks (OK months) to get photos uploaded for family and friends, this seems to be the time of year where I’m catching up on, well, just about everything, so please oblige me! And PS – Friends and Family, I’ve got photos uploaded through June 2012 now (hey, trust me when I say that’s a huge accomplishment!).
Sunday August 19, 2012 was the Second Annual Rose Park Bluegrass Festival. Located just a block and a half from our front door, our family easily can walk over to this free neighborhood summer festival. We like to make an afternoon of it, inviting other families to join us at our house beforehand where the parents can knock back an ice-cold beverage – and the kids can hang out and play together – before the trek down the road.
I wrote about the wonderful time we had together last year at their inaugural event, and we had just as much fun this year as last, if not more since we got a bigger group together to partake in the free family festivities! The kids got to see and strum some homemade bluegrass instruments again, and we all got a nice spot on the grass where we lounged and enjoyed the live entertainment on the main stage. This year’s event also featured a beer garden for the first time (cheers), and the organizers brought in more food trucks than last year, including some that offered grub that coordinated quite nicely with the event. The Port was there with free trees for the kids, and our neighborhood association handed out free yard signs to those residents with homes turning 100 years old this coming year.
Now don’t worry, this isn’t the only live bluegrass music playing in the area all year long – not by a long shot! This link provides a calendar of live bluegrass events all over Southern California, including San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles. In fact, there’s usually live bluegrass music in our area every Saturday evening over at Me-N-Ed’s Pizzeria in nearby Lakewood (CA). It looks as if the band Back Road Ramblers have a standing show at this location one Saturday a month through the end of this year at minimum, and this calendar indicates that there’s live bluegrass at Me-N-Ed’s every Saturday evening at 6:30pm, whatever the band scheduled (it’s noted as a standing event through January 2014!).
Enjoy the photos from our lovely afternoon out! Even if it was a little (OK a lot) warm and we wound up not staying too terribly long with the kiddos, the music was way chill and down-home just like we remembered, and we’re already looking forward to next year’s festival!