Guest Author - Chris Curtis
As I traveled around the hill over the 4 day weekend, I thought it would be interesting to capture the feel of the festival through people's comments.
I really enjoy the view from the hill and you meet the nicesest people. I'll keep coming as long as it goes on. Tim C – 6 year veteran, Cohoes, NY
It keeps getting better. Rain and all. Dino P, 3rd show, New York
July 14, 2006 – It took me 30 years to get here, lord willing, I'll be here for the next 30 and beyond. Al and Chris, it was a pleasure and honor to make your acquantence. I look forward to seeing you folks at many more festivals, Randy S., Troy, NY, 1st time
Grey Fox is an institution that speaks the hearts and minds of the liberated ones left in society – those crazy eccentrics that maybe Kerouac was talking about when he proclaimed his love for those who are mad; mad to live, mad for life. Either that or Grey Fox is the finest example of why a certain degree of censorship is necessary in a reasonable society. Either way, it's a great party with friends to keep for life. Larry D. 23, Detroit MI
It is exciting to be here on the hill. All this wonderful music and colorful imagery around me brings such joy to my heart. The peaceful setting lets me leave lifes stressors behind, even if for a short 4 days. Angie, 25 years since I was 12 yo. CT
It's what I "thought" Woodstock would be like! Marlene, 1st year, 70yo, MA
Bluegrass music goes all the way to the top of the hill. Bill, 72yo. MA
Grass is still alive but I don't smell it. Anonymous
That's what I call some pretty music (about the Gibson Bros) – male spectator, 70s, NJ
Fun long weekend, great music, good food and lots of pretty girls. Male volunteer, 45, NYC
Grey Fox has become the highlight of our year. We come with our lads (ages 18-20) and everyone is ecstatic the whole 4 days. Nothing beats it. Pam&Glen (51 and 49 yo), 3 year veterans, Brunswick, ME
I think I am in LOVE – (about the Louvelle Sisters) – Jason, 15 yo, 10 year veteran, Ohio
Our girls, Elisheva (4) and Jesse (2), are born and raised on that high and community sound at Grey Fox. We wait all year for the sweet times and sounds. Ryan, Judith, Elisheva, Jesse, Toronto
I like to look (at the young girls), but I can't remember why (he says with a wink). Anonymous, Late 60s, NY
I fly all the way out here for 5 days because it is so worth it. I go to a lot of festivals, but I don't know of any other that is consistently top notch bludgrass, and full of such a nice community. Everyone has been coming here for so many years, that the whole hill is self-policing – there's no huge security presence, or the need for one. We have adequate security personnel and they remain very low-key, because they have to do so little. Even when it rains, it's still the finest festival on the east coast. You can hear the stage on the radio. The line up is stellar, new comers are instant converts. David, 40yo, Berkeley, CA, 6th year.
First time at Grey Fox and new to bluegrass music. Awesome experience, wonderful people. The camping is great, I love to volunteer and give back to others as a friend of Bill W. My girlfriend, Bonnie, said she won't miss next year, because of the workshops, her daughter Raelyn plays the fiddle. Thanks for a great experience, I will be back. Dennis F. 43 yo, 1st year, Delaware, NJ
I volunteer and attend quite a few festivals a year, but this is one of my favorites. Friendly patrons, artists that are approachable, and great food and music. I'll be back next year. Tommy Wasnesky, North Hanover TWP, NJ
We jammed until 5:00am this morning. How much better can life be? Mike, 58yo, MA
We went to the state park on the bus today. It's so great that they added this service. Great way to escape the heat of the day. Thank Grey Fox. Kim, 28 yo, 8 year veteran, Bennington VT
I like it. Very laid back and I'm having a good time. I came because I met someone in New Orleans who comes every year and she recommended it. Earle, 28yo, 1st year, Nashville, TN
I've been into Bluegrass for about 20 years. My favorite performers are Dry Branch Fire Squad and Del McCrory and that is who I came to see. It's my first time here because it fit my schedule this year. I like the variety but I don't like the hill. Jim Kruppner, 79 yo, Warsaw, NY
There is something here for everyone. I especially like that I can bring my family and not worry about my kids. It exposes them to a broad selection of acoustic music. They participate in the kids academy and after 5 years they are getting to be pretty good musicians. A proud mother, 35yo, 6 year veteran, RI
I go to a lot of festivals each year and each one has its own special character. Grey Fox, however, is the only one that effectively brings the community together each year to form a little town. This is the one, I won't miss. Bill, 30 years on the hill, picker from the mountains of TN
I'm hoping to be here, standing right here on this same spot, 30 years from now.
Kirsten James, 32 yo, raised on the music from "the hill" at Greyfox.
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