Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Jerseyville Victorian Festival

Well, we made it through our first day at the Victorian Festival in Jerseyville, Illinois.  It was 100 degree weather, and boy was it hot playing today!   It was well worth it, though.  This is one of our favorite events of the entire year. 

My mom, who plays bass, had a whole cheering section to herself today.  There were four or five couples who grew up and went to school with her in Greenfield, and they all came out to listen to us play.  We saw many of our musical friends, and also talked to many of the reinactors and vendors who have become our friends over the years that we have played here.  This year makes five years that we have played for this event, and it just keeps getting better and better!

Besides music on the patio, there are so many things to see and do here.  Everything is well-marked, and there is ample parking with a free shuttle running continuously.  You can tour the 1866 mansion, watch the reinactors' Duel of Honor or the Civil War, watch a Victorian Era fashion show, buy all kinds of cool stuff at the flea market and vendors' booths, watch an embalming demonstration (I hear someone fainted today during this!), check out old steam engines and steam powered motors, get your picture taken with President and Mrs. Lincoln (who also have their own "show" here), go on a carriage ride, and enjoy some great food and beverages!  This is really a great event for the whole family!

There are two days left for you to enjoy this festival.  It continues on Sunday and also on Monday (September 4 & 5, 2011).  The weather is supposed to be really nice these next two days, so you should come on out and take advantage of it!

The Chris Talley Trio

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