Celebrating the end of Summer

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In an attempt to celebrate every last drop of Summer I met up with my friend, Karin, at Ardenwood Historic Farm to enjoy the Cajun/Zydeco Music Festival.

Ardenwood is a working farm and a part of the East Bay Regional Park District. It has orchards and crops, horses and livestock, demonstrations of old-timey tractors, a working train, and a beautiful historic mansion surrounded by darling gardens. There’s even a working blacksmith on site. It’s a fun place to visit, especially if you have kids. But it’s especially nice during the Cajun Music Festival. You can hear the bands playing throughout the farm so you are free to wander and explore. Or you can setup near the bandstand, break out your picnic, sit back and tap your toes to the tunes. Or you can attempt to squeeze onto the packed dance floor to twist and shimmy to the infectious sounds of the fiddle and accordion. (Free dance lessons are also a fun part of the festival.)

Any way you want to play it’s a relaxing and happy day.

To give you an idea here’s a YouTube video of Grammy-winning BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet playing earlier this year. They were just one of the four bands playing at the festival.

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With all that toe tapping Karin and I commiserated about Summerfun nail polish; when it’s Summer you must break out the bold, bright colors. We had quite the lengthy discussion about it. Yes, we’re just that deep.

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It’s hard to see, but the Blacksmith engraved our last name on the horseshoe for me. It was my festival takeaway—aside from having a really great time.

This music festival was a terrific way to celebrate the last days of Summer.

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