Bones Fest XIV was held in another great facility, the Lyceum in historic Old Towne Alexandria and steeped in its own history. Highlights include jamming in the Fest hospitality suite overlooking Washington, DC across the Potomac River from us. Workshops included Steve Brown, how to play in an Irish session, Tim Reilly, playing drum rudiments on rhythm bones and another on the ancient art of scrimshaw, Spike Bones, rhythm bones and the art of dance, and Kenny Wolin, the art of two-hand independence. Friday dinner was, of course, a rib dinner from a local BBQ.
One highlight was the Irish Bones Jam Session at the Alexandria Farmer's Market with the largest pass-off ever (tried to get it sanctioned by Guinnes Book of Reacords.) Saturday night's public performance began with beginning rhythm bones instruction for early guests by Jerry Mescher. It was another night of performance magic as attendees took the stage and did their thing many in costume. Kenny brought his big marimba and other instuments (as did some of the attendees), and with Teri and his mother made some beautiful music. Our night ended with a jam session back at the hotel with Greg Adams and Bob Winans playing their period minstrel banjos.
At least two people, Kenny and Teri, thought the highlist of the Fest was when they got married on Sunday morning on the bank of the Potomac River with attendees as witnesses. Gunnery Stg Kenny Wolin was in full dress uniform and Teri was beautiful walking down the steps and through the Rhythm Bones Honor Guard rattling their rhythm bones to the music of Mary Audette on flute and Jonathan Danforth on fiddle. Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Wolin for a wonderful ceremony and a great Fest.