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Sweet Chariot Folk Festival

Good morning everyone. We are anchored up here in Blue Hill Bay taking time for a swim call. The hottest day of the summer is supposed to be here today so we will especially appreciate the cool sea breeze that has already started. After a great sail yesterday we anchored off of a long sandy beach where we picnicked last night and where we are swimming in the "pool" this morning.

Tuesday was a relatively calm day with the yawl boat getting more of a work out than we would have liked. At least the fog cleared off so we were happy to see the islands of Merchants Row. We anchored early in the afternoon and were regaled by the musicians of the folk festival as they went chantying around the harbor.

As an added extra treat the musical entourage stopped by our beloved schooner and spent a half hour aboard singing and filming the musicians at work. We enjoyed dinner on deck and a leisurely walk to the Odd Fellows hall before the show began. By all accounts the show was great. The performances were an eclectic mix of traditional and not so traditional folk music, humor, african drumming, and more. I am not sure how show producer Doug Day pulls this whole thing together. His imagination is his only limitation and given how wild that is he is certainly one to pull off what looks, from the outside, like a miracle of coordination and inspiration. The show is not so different than a schooner, a joyous celebration of what folks can do when they put their minds to it.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

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