Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Riverbend 2011

I've told you the last few years about Chattanooga's annual Riverbend Festival (see Labels), nine nights of music in June for $30 (we went on five different nights - still a bargain!). All you have to do is get there and park, and enjoy the main act or any of a number of other musical acts on smaller stages. It's all about family and friends enjoying time together, and watching the teenagers walking around like peacocks strutting their stuff. I won't go into a lot of detail again here, except to say that this year we went to see Miranda Lambert (Melody and I went by ourselves and spent most of the stormy night sitting under a bridge and only saw 30 minutes of miranda before the lightening closed her down), Alan Jackson, the Beach boys (with John Stamos on drums!), Kellie Pickler, and Huey Lewis and the news.

The most fun part for Conner is always the children's playground.

But this is what he escaped into during the music ... his DS.

The first night was unbearbly hot, so Garrett enjoyed the misting machine.

Garrett is into bracelets, and his old hippi g'parents were proud of his choice!

One of our favorite things - the sundown view of gathering boats.

We tried to control our eating this year - settled for sharing some chicken-on-a stick. Delicious !

Garrett and Pawpaw sharing a grin.

Melody and my favorite(only) son-in-law.

Since the festival is actually in downtown Chattanooga, the kids get to enjoy some of the activities like the pipe fountain and 'swimming' on the steps and under the bridge, a regular summer attraction.

Fireworks on the last night ...

This is most likely the last year he get's this special treatment!

Can't wait to see who'll be here next year! Whoever it is, we'll be there ...

(A final note ... I AM SO FED UP WITH BLOGGER!!! I have spent more time than I care to admit with one frustration after another trying to do this post, including slow movement and pauses from one spot to another or one letter to another, and just now when I published it, it came out with miles of space between photos and paragraphs! Seriously? Every time I came back from being in drafts I had to go thru this same thing, and it's just pissing me off! Is anyone else having trouble? And we won't even talk about the commenting thing ...)


yaya said...

I haven't had any trouble so far, but many others that I follow have. I'm glad you were able to post. It sure looked like a ton of fun. I love the music selection this year..I would have loved it if I had been there I mean! The other thing that looked great, including that cute grandson...was the water steps. My grandkiddos would have loved that! What good grandparents you are. I remember your posts from last year about this event. Isn't great to have a place to create memories? Even though Garrett played with his DS, I'll bet he'll remember these days forever!

Jeanie said...

I remember you writing about this last year and it sounds like you had another really good time. You really got to see some great performers.
Yes, Blogger is a real #^$@* lately. I get so fed up that I just give up sometimes.

rosaria said...

So good of you to stop by at sixtyfivewhatnow. Words do comfort, and I'm most appreciative. Rosaria

glnroz said...

looks like ya'll had a truck load of fun again this year. glad to see and hear about it. my blogger was acting nuts last week and i have been out of pocket this week, but today seems ok,, How have you been?

Jules said...

Dang, I keep forgetting about this festival, only 1 1/2 hours from here and I do love music. Next year! :)

Blogger is definitely having issues and some people are leaving for Wordpress, you are not alone.
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Wine and Words said...

What I love is having read about your experiences before with this festival. Have we been together a year at least? My how time flies!

Blogger, yes, does this to me too. I have better luck in HTML mode than in the other, though it isn't as fun. Sometimes it works better on one computer than the other. I have no idea why it does or doesnt. It's like a woman...moody and tempermental :)

Deb Shucka said...

What a perfect summer's day!

Blogger has been having problems for months now. I haven't had your challenges, but I never know if things are going to work the way they're supposed to either.

I wonder if WordPress is better?

Midlife Jobhunter said...

You have a very beautiful daughter. Sounds like a grand time - good music and activity. Sorry about the lightening. (My niece is named Miranda - after Miranda Lambert.) Chicken on a stick? Don't think I've heard of that.

Yes, I understand the frustration with loading photos. Takes FOR EV ER. I don't do the Preview thing. I just publish it and rearrange from there. Hit the back bar right after publish and click on "edit"

ethelmaepotter! said...

It always amazes me how much better y'all's festival is than the Country Music capital of the world!

Great pictures this, and the stormy skies add to it.

Blogger? Problems? Surely you jest...NOT! The biggest problem I have is commenting. Strangely, I've now found if I can't leave a comment using Internet Explorer, I switch to Google Chrome and have no problem. Weird!

Oz Girl said...

I LOVE Garrett's bracelet - that is so cool. My style too. :-) And that chicken on a stick sounds pretty darn yummy!!! :-)

As for my including the part of my life that dictates working two jobs -- um, not so much. That's the really yucky part. EWWWWW. :-\ I am goofing off so much at my hosp job in the evening (well, not goofing off, just doing research on how to make my blog better, lol) that I hope they just fire me! I'll bet I couldn't be so lucky, huh?!

kobico said...

Every time you post about Riverbend I think I really need to get out more to festivals and fairs... soon! I'm glad you had a great time, and who knew John Stamos played drums?

My computers are 12 years old, so they frequently run slowly!

Ginger said...

It looks like you had a great time. I would of loved to hear all the concerts. I don't go anywhere, so it's nice to read your post, at least you are doing something!!!

Nezzy said...

Woohoo!!! This was about the time I dropped out and took the summer off. 'Kinda got totally overwhelmed this year.

I saw ya out and about today and just wanted to check in and see what you've been up too.

God bless ya and have a magnificent day sweetie!!! :o)

Donna said...

This festival looks like soooo much fun!! It will be wonderful memories that you are making for your family for sure!! The pictures are wonderful of everyone and it looks like a on of fun!! Tennessee isn't THAT far from Ohio...maybe will have to find time for that next year!!

CHERI said...

Thanks SO much for visiting my long-lost blog! Knowing you haven't posted in awhile makes me feel better. Sorry you've been having problems with Blogger. I think that was one of the reasons I opted out for awhile. It's not worth it if it takes you hours to get one post done...and that happened to me more than once. I also hate it when I visit someone's blog and it takes forever to read it because it goes so, so slow! I hope mine doesn't load that slowly for everyone. Can't wait to catch back up with everyone. Here's wishing you & yours a very blessed 2012.

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