Macica Workshop-Back from Grey Fox 2015

Greetings!  We are now back from Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival and thought we would send you all some highlights from the week at the festival.... DSC02349 (2) (Custom) Anybody remember the "Beverly Hillbillies"?  .."the kin folk said, Jed, move away from here..they said California is the place you want to be, so they loaded up the truck and they moved to Beverly.." (that's what this picture reminds me of...) In our case....."the kin folk said, Mart, you know it's that time of year...they say, Grey Fox Festival is where you ought to go, so we loaded up our truck headin' for the bluegrass show!" DSC02388 (2) (Custom)DSC02371 (2) (Custom) I heard it said that there was about 10 to 15,000 attenders this year...a "sold out" year for the  festival... DSC02417 (2) (Custom)DSC02400 (2) (Custom)DSC02370 (2) (Custom) We had a good amount of traffic in the booth this year throughout the weekend...  Thanks to all who stopped by for a visit and to try out the instruments.  We had some good jams as well as many repairs that kept me busy this festival. DSC02412 (2) (Custom) Thanks to Steve Kovacik,  http://www.guitar-repair.com/ and Frank Marchitto https://www.facebook.com/aviolinshop for participating with me in the Luthier Workshop/Symposium on Saturday.  It is always nice to re-connect with both these men during this festival. DSC02405 (2) (Custom)   This year, we opened the symposium with three excellent musicians playing a instrument from each of our shops....Thanks guys for a great introduction! DSC02359 (2) (Custom) Though the weather was fairly hot for the majority of the festival, the creek proves to be a nice place to cool off for both adults and children! We enjoyed some great music this festival....Here are a few highlights.... DSC02361 (2) (Custom)DSC02375 (2) (Custom) The Gibson Brothers....always enjoyable to see live.. DSC02392 (2) (Custom) Michael Daves and friends...very energetic! DSC02389 (2) (Custom) Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn (husband and wife)...both very skilled on the banjo and enjoyable to listen to.. DSC02415 (2) (Custom) Many little groups of instrument classes for the "Kids Academy" at Grey Fox...Here is a banjo class we happened upon... DSC02352 (2) (Custom) Until next year Grey Fox.....Keep on pickin! Other news from the workshop.... DSC02334 (2) (Custom) Well, we finished up the six month violin course, and here is a great picture of the happy graduates...   I enjoyed working with this group of men very much and am so pleased with their accomplishments. DSC02337 (2) (Custom) They worked hard and progressed in their skill and knowledge of violin making as well as woodworking. DSC02340 (2) (Custom) It has been a pleasure to work with you all and hope to see you again in future classes...  I will be posting some more info about classes being offered this fall...stay tuned... DSC02345 (2) (Custom) May you all enjoy these summer months.... Until next time, Martin