« on: September 19, 2011, 11:48:31 AM »
I have enjoyed everybody’s memories. I have SO MANY! I look back on them and smile and laugh. Other than missing the 2009 festival, stupid conversion at work, I have been there every year.
Here are some of my memories… I’m trying to break these down by year.
2003- The Clocktower with “Johnny Fontaine” was a hoot. They literally were finishing building the stage that night. We kept asking John Rimel if we needed to bring a hammer. Whatever did happen to that Johnny character? This was also the first time I got to meet Nina’s Mom Judy, who is just a hoot. I remember being downtown and hearing her telling Clayton who everybody was. It was priceless. LOVE YOU JUDY! Oh and who can forget how freezing cold it was that year?! Other than when I marched in the Macy’s parade, I have never been that cold in my life!
And this was the year of the infamous honey mustard incident with Skip!
I also got to see Ricky Skaggs and KY Thunder that year. I just remember the fiddle player Andy. BOY HOWDY! HE WAS GORGEOUS!!!! I think I was drooling the whole concert.
2004- This was the last year for the festival downtown. Skip managed to get in trouble AGAIN at the Depot Grill preshow by pushing tables together and then they told us not to so he pulled them apart and caused a big mess. That is Skip for you! That was the time we attempted to have a big group picture in the middle of the road and kept having to dodge cars. This is when we got the picture of Jimmy & Hobo on the railcar. I also remember talking to Lynn and somebody mentioned the time she was on the Statler Brothers show and she broke into that whole thing Harold made her say without missing a beat. Miss that lady!
2005- This was the first year at the Frontier Culture Museum. This was the year we all got to meet Tony Brower and his wife Tina. Tony was such a nice guy. He made me laugh the entire weekend. One neat thing about the festival being at the Frontier Culture Museum was getting to witness the Naturalization ceremony. It was so neat to get to see those people become US citizens. This was also the group picture with what Jim Watson called “Insert your Jimmy here”. It was hilarious how everybody slid into the group picture and stood in Jimmy’s spot before he could get there.
2006- This was the year with Garrison Keillor. He made me laugh so hard that my head was hurting. This was also the year that Mary Chapin Carpenter all surprised us and showed up at Songwriters night. I also think this was the year Rodney Crowell was the Saturday night performer. I remember how KK kept getting tickled the entire concert. I also think this was the year that somebody, who shall remain nameless, thought Bob was my Dad. I about had a heart attack. This was also the year that Jimmy and I just couldn’t seem to get the concept of looking at the camera for getting our picture taken. We gave it one last shot on Sunday afternoon. Just as the camera snapped, Donna yelled, “Everybody look at the camera”, Jimmy looked away on purpose. We died laughing. The picture we ended getting is by far my favorite picture of me and Jimmy together. We both were just laughing so hard. Absolutely priceless!
2007- This was the year that during the day on Friday, Mom, Shelia and I made a day trip to Lexington and ended up walking around VMI and all those cute cadets kept walking by us. The word was “cha-ching”. Boy howdy that was a nice afternoon!! This was the year that Marty Stuart did the bluegrass version of “Staying Alive”. That was so awesome! I think this was also the year that Sandy was waiting for me and Dan to collide trying to take pictures. Was this the year of the Fortune Teller Paparazzi in the left hand section?! I believe it was. I think this is when I dubbed Dan “Daniel Yamato”
2008- I believe this was the year that it was so cold that I had to go by long sleeve shirts at Wal-mart on Friday morning. What is a trip to Staunton without a trip to Wal-mart?!
2009- Glad to know I was missed because I sure had to answer for my absence with many people!
2010- Last year was a blast! I really enjoyed Patty Loveless on Saturday night. I had seen her at our fair years ago and was kind of bored with her show. I didn’t know what to expect but she really impressed me. Songwriters’ night was the best one so far. Don Schlitz and Rivers Rutherford were amazing. I still remember Rivers telling Don, “They like you better than me”. Both were just so nice. I really liked getting to visit with Don. I was wearing a ETSU shirt on Friday night and Don commented on it and we started talking ETSU basketball. Amazing! I never thought I would have a conversation about ETSU basketball in the heart of Virginia.
This just tips the surface of memories that I have over the years at the Fortune Williams Festival. I will treasure them forever!!