Old Blue Band

Old Blue Band

Yesterday we joined the crowd on the south side of the Yavapai County Courthouse for two sets of the 36th Annual Prescott Bluegrass Festival. We especially enjoyed the performance of the seasoned professionals of the Old Blue Band who are dedicated to the preservation of the music from the past and the continued presentation of its character in the present day. They were followed by the Heidi Clare and Ron Thomason duet. The power and athleticism of Heidi Clare contribute to lauding her as the best old-time fiddler of her generation. It was interesting to learn that she was a member of the two-woman, one-horse team that won the 2010 Ride ‘n Tie World Championship. Although I didn’t appreciate the red-neck humor of Ron Thomason, he is a master of the mandolin who also plays the guitar and claw-hammer banjo.

This past Tuesday six of us explored the Greenways Trail from Aubrey to Caleton Street. We found the following wildflowers: yellow flowered warty caltrop, pink flowered lizard-tail, reddish purple flowered ribbon four o’clock, yellow flowered buffalo gourd, light pink striped flowered common mallow, pinkish flowered little globemallow, tiny white flowered horehound, white flowered field bindweed, white sweet clover, yellow sweet clover, violet flowered alfalfa, white flowered bluestem pricklepoppy also known at cowboy’s fried egg, white flowered bastard toadflax, yellow flowered prickly lettuce, and yellow flowered curlytop gumweed.

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