This weekend, my lovely friend Maria and I went to the Nelsonville Folk Festival in southern Ohio. Maria has friends in a few of the bands and I wanted to see Todd Snider. It ended up being the greatest festival I’ve ever been to, by far. Seriously, hippy heaven. It had a green focus, with a water bottle refill station, recycling, compostable cutlery, (some) vegan food, solar power, oh the list goes on and on. Read about their environmental efforts here. My favorite was the long line at the water bottle refill station.
After the festival on Saturday, we stayed at a farmhouse back in the country. We went for a peaceful walk the next morning and a bike ride in the afternoon (with a few episodes of Downton Abbey in between). At night, I slept up in the guest room and was joined by a bat around 2:30 a.m. You know I love bats, but not in my sleeping quarters. I escaped and crashed on a couch downstairs. It was so lovely to wake up to the sounds of birds chirping and wind blowing softly through the trees.
We’re makin’ money out of paper, makin’ paper out of trees.
We’re makin’ so much money, we can hardly breathe.
-Todd Snider, ‘Stuck on the Corner’
On Sunday, I went back to see Todd Snider and I was not disappointed. He’s definitely my favorite “barefoot folk-singing hippy” (a line from one of his songs). He ran up on stage without shoes, of course, and gave us a great set of music. I can’t even tell you how much I love this guy. I hope you’ll check out some of his music for yourself. You might start with
Todd sings about the environment, bullying, poor people, traveling, current issues, and drugs. He had a great time on stage and smiled the biggest, most charming smile after each song. He didn’t play his harmonica, but he did have a peace sign button on his vest.
All in all, a perfect weekend. Can’t wait for next year’s festival!