It seems the older I get the more I seem to be in need of an annual road trip. A time to just get away and reflect on the road my life has gone down. These soul-searching road trips occur during the summer or fall season and usually means a trip to a music festival or sometimes a literary conference.
In the past I have journeyed to the Pacific Northwest for The Kindlings Fest on Orcas Island or to the cornfields of the Midwest for the Cornerstone Festival.
Honestly, I need to get away to refresh my soul and feed my imagination. During these times I am surrounded by people who also, like myself, feel a need to be fed by the arts. Now that might take the form of music, literature, poetry, dance, film.
Over the years I have come in contact with many who have become friends and confidants due to their love of the arts and I thoroughly cherish these times. This year I will venture to the mountains of New Hampshire for an event called Soulfest. It is scheduled the first Thursday, Friday & Saturday of August at the Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford, New Hampshire.
Soulfest is primarily a music festival with various speakers on various topics woven in throughout the course of the three days of the event. Some of the bands that I am looking forward to seeing and renewing old friendships with are: The Choir, The Violet Burning, Big Kettle Drum, Jars Of Clay and others. Some of the solo artists would include, Jim Trick, Courtney Reid, Rachel Taylor, Dan Russell, Christopher Williams and Hannah Dawber.
Of course the various food vendors and merchandise tents are always fun places to explore. Check out the festival’s web site at here. It will give you a rundown on who is playing where and when as well as links to the various artists personal web sites.
If and when you take your own road trip to Soulfest and see me wandering around the grounds, be sure to stop and say hello.
Now, enjoy a great tune by Jim Trick and Kate Copeland, “Dream About You Now,” published in the stairwell of a hotel in November 2015. Great fun!