Every Sunday of Labor Day for 17 years folks have been gathering at Alma Beach on Harbor Boulevard to enjoy the arts. The festival lasts from 11-7 with food trucks, art booths and great music.

The morning breeze off the Mississippi added a chill to the air which deemed wearing a jacket/ sweatshirt . It didn’t take long to warm up with the day’s first musical group, Patchouli, one of my favorite duos. They settled not too far away in Maiden Rock so it’s amazing we get to hear them a couple of times/ year. I always look forward to seeing them and hearing where they’ve been and their new tunes. Julie and Bruce were celebrating their 22nd anniversary weekend with us. The couple has given some 4500 concerts during that time and had recently returned from another trip to China. They mostly perform their own work …

Julie shared a Chinese cultural experience as their playlist has to be submitted ahead of time. Before the concert their manager had heard the song they were warming up with and insisted they play it. The two were leery as it was not in the playlist. During the concert they decided to go for it and wouldn’t you know the audience loved it and joined in… the song , Simon & Garfunkel’s The Sounds of Silence. We joined in too.

Both add their own talented personas to their Indie Rock performances.

Patchouli and Terra Guitarra never disappoint. Julie’s voice and Bruce’s instrumentals whether it’s the guitar / flute/whatever are transcendental. We are so fortunate to have them in our area.

While the next group set up, we grabbed some lunch and visited the artist booths… New to the booths was a special one… Natureman inquired how old do you have to be an Old Geezer. It turns out he was older than all of them…

We returned to the music tent as the next group, The High 48’s was playing blue grass and would be followed by Left Wing Bourbon and Four Pints Shy.

After a couple of songs we opted to head back to Alma to visit some stores and galleries.

My favorite Bluebird is closing as are a couple other lovely businesses.

Road repair during seasonal business has wreaked havoc on these small businesses. So sad to see them go.

Hopefully new owners will give Alma a chance as it’s a great little river town with a wonderful Music and Arts Festival!

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