This is one of those posts where there are so many things running through my mind to tell you I can't imagine where to begin….
It all started with wanting to take my girls to see the Indigo Girls. We were looking at concert dates and found out they were playing at a folk festival about 9 hours away in Texas. The Kerrville Folk Festival.
We started researching a bit and the more we read, the more we realized this could be our kind of place. So we decided to make the trip and stay three days…..
Upon arrival to the Kerrville gates we saw a sea of tents and campers and RV's and more tie-dyed sarongs hanging up to shield the sun than you could imagine. Volkswagen buses. Long haired guys and girls with unshaven legs….. all smiling and hooting out "Welcome Home". (this is what they say to everyone as they arrive and many people say it around camp as you meet them)
I look at Joe and say "I might never leave."
The place was packed but some nice guys at Camp Lethargy squeezed us in. We were soon chatting with our tent neighbors like old friends. Most of them have been coming to this event for as long as they could remember. Joe met a guy that had his great grandson in tow and had been coming for over 30 years. (this was the fest's 39th year) So many folks we enjoyed visiting with that left me saying to Joe "These are our people!"
Now some of you might want to run…. but I've always known I was born a few decades too late. Joe too. I didn't think places like this existed anymore. The energy of this place was amazing. All these people come from all over and get together to play music, listen to music, chase kids and visit with one another. Everyone is friendly. Everyone keeps a watchful eye over the kids. The kids don't even bother asking each other's names or ages…. they just run and play.
The stage area is a mix of benches and lawn. The parents with young kids tend to sit in the back so they can let the kids run & play while they enjoy the amazing live music. They serve vegetarian pizza and drinks if you brought your own cup, a bottle of wine for $15. There hula hoop dancers and craft booths and henna tattoos. Free water coolers all over to fill up your water bottle. A beautiful river near by to cool off in. A covered area with kid friendly activities and a sandbox and toys for the kids.
There are concerts throughout the day and then around campfires music is played all—night—long! If you wake up at 3 am to stumble to the outhouse, you can stop at a campfire on the way back to your sleeping bag and listen to some of the best music your ears will ever hear. The nights are cool and bug free and many folks stay up all night long jamming or listening and sleep during the day. Of course I'd like to add that the music is acoustic and the folks considerate so tired babes are able to sleep right through all of this 🙂
It was hot. There were big spiders. (TARANTULAS!!) And we never wanted to leave. None of us. After the second day the kids were asking us "We're coming back next year, right?"
The people, the music and of course watching my kids belt out the lyrics to their favorite songs right along with Emily & Amy, who by the way are AMAZING live, are memories to last a lifetime. An adventure that I am so grateful to have enjoyed as a family.
On the morning of the fourth day as we packed up the camp site and the kids new pals called out to them "see you next year!" I thought to myself….. I get it…. Welcome Home.
Kerville, I think we're in love!