Every year we spend a week in Nashville. This was our 33rd annual Chet Atkins Appreciation Society convention. Starting Wednesday, it went through Saturday evening. It's nonstop music on 2 stages with workshops, vendors and informal music everywhere with an emphasis on learning the guitar and Chet's finger style way of playing.
This year I had to get an almost new registration crew. I'm so thankful that Linda and Christy of the Tuesday Weavers agreed to help. Their husbands were a huge help as well. I put them in charge of tshirt and CD sales. It was great not to have to worry about that table. I knew they were taking care of it all. Each year at noon of Friday we get our picture taken and Sally orders us a bunch of pizzas. This year our picture didn't get taken til about 7pm but the pizza was on time!
Someone got this picture of Mark and me at the reg desk. I am at the desk all day from 9am til about 10pm. Someone has to do it so I volunteer. Often in the evening people will drop by to visit and we enjoy getting to know them.
Saturday evening is the grand finale. This year we had a plaque made for Bill Spann who'd been MC for 31 years. He was too frail to make the trip so we made a presentation for him anyway but what we didn't know was that one was made for us as well. What a huge surprise.
Mark certainly deserves it for all the work he puts into planning what's become essentially a family reunion of musicians and those who enjoy listening. It's a huge undertaking to schedule the 60 plus performers with 2 stages and 2 workshop rooms, hotel rooms and flight schedules.
Each year something special happens. This year it was a 12 year old dynamo from Croatia who played incredibly well.
We're not sure what next year will bring. We haven't signed the contract yet. Legal stuff is required first but if we do, there are hundreds of guys out there just waiting to see when we can do this all over again!
This week I won't get any weaving done but I'll be finishing some pieces I wove earlier. It's going to be awhile before you'll hear the beat of the loom again at this house but I'm looking forward to it!
Until next week, keep weaving