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The 2013 Dutch Mason Blues Festival

Posted by on September 27, 2013

Recapturing your youth is not easy. Perhaps a song on the radio takes you to your high school days, or maybe you notice the scent of a cologne an old flame used to wear. Possibly that tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich transports you back to a rainy day when you were ten. But these moments are just that: Moments. And they are fleeting. Manny and I found a way to recapture our youth for an entire three days! It began when I was perusing the calendar in the Nova Scotia tourist guide and noticed that the Blues Brothers were headlining at the 2013 Dutch Mason Blues Festival in Truro, Nova Scotia —an hour from Halifax— on the dates we planned to be there. And not just Blues Brothers impersonators, but the real Blues Brothers: Dan Aykyroyd and Jim Belushi —the best possible stand in for John, R.I.P. So we signed up for three days of great music with the likes of blues giants James Cotton, Guitar Shorty, Lucky Peterson and Shirley King, daughter of the legendary B.B. King. Because the event was at a raceway, dry camping was available —that’s basically a site to park your vehicle with no amenities like electricity or water, in other words: boondocking. But since we are fully self-contained, that is not a problem. The big advantage is that you can walk to the concerts, return to your site for a sandwich, a beer (or whatever) then a nap. But there was an even bigger advantage that we hadn’t thought about or planned on: the camaraderie. Who would think that camping in a big field would be just as much fun as listening to some great blues.

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We made instant best friends with Karl Bigelow and Ryan Mitchell, our next door neighbors, and with Dawn, Fraser, Krystal, Michelle, Andrew, and our other neighbors “down the street”, whose little pet dog Eddie thought he was a real guard dog and barked at us “foreigners” every time we approached his perimeter. One day, we heard a knock on the door, and into our lives walked Don Hawkins, a gentleman about our age who loved the look of Serena —our RV— and shyly asked to see her. We are used to this; Serena is a people magnet. So we invited Don in. We clicked immediately. What started as a tour of our motorhome, became the beginning of a nice friendship. Much to our delight, at the campgrounds it was one big party that lasted for three whole days, something neither Manny nor I have experienced since the early 70’s. I felt 24 again at the Mardi Gras in New Orleans, while Manny returned to Mexico’s Woodstock in 1971, the wet and wild Avándaro Festival de Rock y Ruedas. I think that this experience will be the feeling we will remember each time we listen to the Blues. Here is a short video glimpse of how “people can get together and have three days of fun and music and have nothing but fun and music”, as Max Yasgur once said about Woodstock.

12 Responses to The 2013 Dutch Mason Blues Festival

  1. Mike jardine

    Very cool pics and video. It was an awesome time

  2. Michelle

    Hello adventurers,
    So glad you enjoyed your visit! I know we enjoyed your company! Lots of love Roz and Manny!
    See you next year!

  3. Dawn Hynes

    Hi Manny and Roz! Yes, we all had the best time! Very memorable. It was so nice to meet you both! Glad you had a great time. You did a great job capturing everything in the pics and videos. What quality! Truly hope to see you next year! Cheers from Nova Scotia! ~ Dawn 🙂

  4. Roger Olson

    Manny and Roz, this is one of your best yet. I am impressed with the professional quality of the whole blog. I love the concert.

  5. Nancy Beadle

    Your blog is so professional, Roz ( or Manny, as it may be). What fun to stumble on the Blues Festival! Looks like a good time was had by all, for sure.

  6. Patty Schumacher

    So glad you’re having a great time!

  7. John Speissegger

    A todísima madre Manolín!! which translated for gringos and canucks means m.f. great, ha, ha.
    Did bring back good memories of our times back in the early 70’s in Avándaro, Sanfran, Milwaukee, Madtown and elsewhere. Un abrazo and a kiss to Roz, Jonás

  8. Pamela Buscemi

    WOW, what a line up! Yes, good times are abundant!!!! Great job on the pic’s and video-Thanks!

  9. Manny & Roz

    Email from Gary Fanelli:

    Wow How Awesome… to see Jim & Dan A. The Blues Bros…..j Cotton et al….
    Thanks..good video , gary Elwood 🙂

  10. Manny & Roz

    Email from Leslie Dungee:

    You really know how to LIVE!!!
    Thank you for the postcard from Nova Scotia- I have it taped on the wall where I can see it all the time. So sweet. I can see you packing your bags and moving to a place like that- looks so peaceful.
    The Blues Festival looked like a blast- love the hats and glasses.
    Keep it movin’! Miss you.
    Love always,

  11. Manny & Roz

    Sybill Stanton commented on our FaceBook page:

    Cool dude and dudette! Bet that was fun.

  12. Rob Block

    Great pictures and video. Looks like you are enjoying yourselves!

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