My friend Norm Boggs and I had a busy weekend at local historic sites this past weekend. The Candlelight Tour at Duke Homestead is certain to remain firmly lodged in memory. Our contribution was to play for the dancers in an old tobacco barn as the public was ushered through in groups of 25 or 30, one complete dance per group. Well, to make a very long story short the publicity for this event far outstripped the resources available (namely two old men), and we ended up playing 25 Virginia reels back-to-back over a three hour period (pass the Ben-Gay). To keep from going completely out of our minds we did manage to not repeat ourselves.
Our reward for this marathon was to play the next two days over at Bennett Place, freezing, but nonetheless at our own pace, and with nary a dancer in sight.