Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Alphabe-Thursday - O is for Outdoor Festival!

Class is in session! Time once again for Alphabe-Thursday, taught by Mrs. Matlock. If you haven't been to class yet, it's ok. Mrs. Matlock makes all of the "newbies" feel welcome.
This week our assignment is on the letter O.

Last weekend was our town's annual Red Poppy Festival. There is nothing more fun than enjoying a fun outdoor festival on a beautiful Texas spring day!

Georgetown claims the title the Red Poppy Capitol of Texas. When we first moved here, this little celebration was held on the first weekend in May and was called Mayfest. Several years ago, they moved it up to April and renamed it the Red Poppy Festival. What started out as a small community celebration of spring has turned into a 2 1/2 day festival filled with a parade, music, food, art and fun. This year we had over 30,000 visitors!





The best part of the festival this year? DH's band was asked to play on the main stage. They call themselves "Borrowed Time" because they are all a bit long in the tooth to be starting the whole rock star thing :) 4 of the 6 band members met each other because our kids were all in band together. They discovered that they all played instruments, and starting playing together for fun. A friend of a friend recommended that they be asked to play the Poppy Festival. They didn't earn any money, but they had a great time. And they went over so well that they were asked to play next year as an opener for the Friday night street dance - for pay!

Now stop by and read Mrs. Matlock's rules. Then get cracking helping her to read this week's essays!

37 comments:

Christy said...

Wow, you are married to a ROCK STAR! Do you know how cool that makes you???

Sarah said...

I had no idea Georgetown celebrates this festival. Red poppies are in bloom all around Austin.

Cheryl said...

What an awesome way to spend a weekend. It's late here in the east and I'm growing tired...I keep hearing that poppies line from the Wizard of Oz running through my mind. Oh crap.

Viki said...

That looks like a great festival. How fun for you husband to be able to play at it. How proud you must feel that they were asked back for next year.

Nadeen said...

I love a celebration. Looks like you have a good one going there.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This looks like so much fun! How cool to know the band on stage.

My name is PJ. said...

Fun and festive with lots to see and do! Nothing better!

Calming Scents said...

lol your married to a rock star! Isnt that cute? Good job to get asked for pay next time. It looks so nice and warm there.

Deb said...

sounds like fun...so cool to be married to a Rock Star....

Mumsy said...

What a wonderful event! I love watching parade, and people in general.

Beautiful photos!

Maggie B said...

Does this mean you're a Rock Chick?? Woo Hoo!
I love a parade and this looks like such good fun.
~Happy AT day, Maggie~

baukje said...

I also love street festivals, here in france there are still a lot.

Always Nesting said...

What an incredible festival. I love seeing the photos and feeling the excitement.

That is so cool about your hubby and his friends having a successful band. My hubby plays guitar and sings. Last count I think he has 6 guitars and he's always looking. As I look over from my computer there's two amplifiers, music stand, microphone stand....well you get it. He loves his music also.

Sh@KiR@ CK said...

AWESOME! I love Carnival.
Happy Thursday!
Mine is here
hugs
shakira

Lois said...

Looks like a lot of fun and the weather certainly did cooperate!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

You have the most wonderful all-Amercian small town in the whole USA, Kat! How fun! I wnat ot visit there one day! And...congrats on getting your business up and going! I checked out your web site...very attractive and professional! I know you will do well with you and your hubby at the wheel! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

Jenny said...

What an outstanding "O" post!

I loved the trip to your festival...it looks wonderful! I can almost smell the funnel cakes cooking.

I'd love to hear a clip of your husbands band!

Can we get autographs?

Thanks for this outrageously sweet stop on my little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's Letter "O"!

A+

GardenofDaisies said...

How exciting that your DH plays is a band! Looks like the parade was fun!

mrs. c said...

Thanks for sharing about the Red poppy Festival! I bet you were so proud of your hubby for playing! That is so neat how the band was formed and I hope that they have much success!

Tracy said...

That looked to be one heck of a way to while away time can I come next year

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Kat, this is such a cool event. The parade looks like so much fun. What a thrill that your DH's band played and everyone enjoyed them so much. Woo Hoo for them. I know you must be proud as punch. Next year you really do have to record them so we can all hear. Tell him congratulations. Hugs, Marty

Jo said...

Sometimes there is just nothing better than a festival ... especially one that celebrates flowers!

JcVeggie said...

This is a fun festival! I love the red everywhere and the vintage car is fabulous! What fun you must have had taking these winderful pictures:)

Debbie said...

That festival looked awesome....nothing like dancing in the street!~

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

That's great that your husband is in a rock band. The festival sounds like fun.

Christy said...

married to a rock star? that MUST mean you are a model!!! :)

jen said...

I wanna be cool like you. AZ doesn't really have festivals like this. Well, not here, anyway. So boring. Unlike being married to a rock star.

Steph said...

This sounds like such a special community event and now 2+ day festival. I can see why the town would celebrate. Poppies are so bright and joyful. Your DH is living every 40-something man's dream. How incredibly fun. Great post.

easternsparkle said...

Looks like you had a great time - glad the weather was good!!

Jacque said...

WOW...I love hometown festivals! I was the Ex Director of my hometowns Main Street program so I got plenty of experience putting those together! Our annual Musicfest is the BEST!! I know your town has a blast!

I would love to see your town all decked out, celebrating! That is what life is about, sharing good times with everyone else.

Thanks for stopping by the farmhouse for a visit. We love having company!

Have a great weekend.

Tina said...

I want to come! I love a hometown party like this! Thanks for sharing.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a nice festival, Kathy, and kudos to your husband's band! That must have bee a thrill for them!

Donna said...

We Love Georgetown...Great place!
Good luck in you new business!
A fellow Texan...

Melissa Miller said...

Kathy this looks fun! Love the pretty photos. :)

DesignTies said...

Love that old red car in the parade :-)

I bet your hubby and his band mates have a blast playing together :-) You're never too old to be a rock star!!

Kelly

carma said...

You're never too old to be a rock star - love the group name!

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

Poppy's are the State flower of California and we don't even get a festival that I know of. They are blooming everywhere right now though — and very beautiful. Maybe your husband can play a song just for fun and dedicate to our Calif. Poppy since we don't get a celebration. Glad you had fun. Texans know how to celebrate!