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Hi! I love festivals and the Dead! We have not been to tons of festivals. Let's see, we've done Great Blue Heron festival once before kids and once with one kid. Great experience both times, very professionally run festival. We've gone to Hickory Fest with two kids. It was wonderful. And, there's a small, very small, bluegrass festival called Coleman Station Bluegrass Festival that is just an hour from our home. Really good quality music (but all straight-up bluegrass, no jamgrass or newgrass or anything.) So, just those and a few local camping-music festivals. We are thinking of doing a Nelson's Ledges DSO thing this year. Also we might go to Great Blue Heron again. DH and I have this dream of having a coffee shop/art shop at festivals. Someday when we have lots of spare time.... hahaha. He can be the barista and I will sell hemp jewelry, silkscreened and tie-dyed t-shirts, and do face-painting and henna and indigo body art.

I just saw Juggling Suns for the first time about a month ago at a day-long (indoor) music fest called pUNKAPALOOZA. Loved them! They did the tranciest, most awesome "Legalize It" I think I have ever heard!

Question: has anyone ever gone to Brushwood folklore center/campground? (Western New York state.) It sounds like a nice place and they have some awesome-sounding festivals lined up. They are not music festivals for the most part, although there will be music, but more like community gatherings with workshops and bonfires and such. I am thinking our family should go for Sirius Rising, but I don't want to make a commitment to a week-long festival with no feedback from anyone that's ever been there. Is it really a nice place? Do kids have a good time? It is literally just down the road from Great Blue Heron... we could go straight from one to the other. And Brushwood is clothing optional. I would love to be naked in nature! Thanks in advance for any feedback on the place!

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Nice to see another AOD fan I'm also a Strangefolk fan. They were my
intro to jambands/festies!
We keep talking about going to a festival every year, but I just find it hard to imagine taking a 3.5 and 2 yr old! Especially when my 2 yr old is a runner!

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The pagan group I am a part of does Sirius Rising every year, and we have a blast. I do have to warn you, there will be some nakedness and MJ around, so if you don't want your kids exposed be aware. Also, you don't have to go for a full week, There are varying prices depending on how many days you plan on being there.
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Hi Mamas
Hope everyone is doing well!
I have been having an argument with DH for the past week about bring DD to Nateva in July. It is awesome because the festival is being held very close to my mom's house so we agreed to have her watch DD for a couple of days (she is thrilled) and then bring DD for a couple of the days. I am having a hard time with the idea of not seeing her for 2 full days and tried to talk to DH about bringing her longer but he is freaking out about it as is. Totally against the whole idea. Am I the only one with a DP/DH like this? It is threatening to ruin the trip before it even starts! I will explain more, just don't have the time now!
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Ldavis24 - Do you know what your husband's objection is to bringing your daughter to the festival? Is he afraid it will be too loud and crazy an atmosphere? Or that having a child there will impact his fun?
We have taken our kids to several festivals, from age 1 to 7. It was easy when they were littler, just walk around with babe in sling, worked with her awake or asleep. But we've found, at least where we've gone, that there are "family" or "quiet" areas to camp, so you have a place to go away from the drunken debauchery that may be going on elsewhere. Likewise in the stage area, you don't have to be down in the mosh pit. Plenty of mellow areas with families set up on blankets. And there are always noise-reducing headphones or just earplugs if noise is an issue.
On the other hand, if he doesn't want the kid along because he wants to PARTY, well then he's right - you can't stay out all night drinking and dancing if you have a little one to take care of. But on the other other hand, you can still have fun! After all, one of you can stay with the babe while the other goes and has fun. You just can't get too crazy 'cause soon enough it'll be time to switch.
Your plan to be kid-free for a few days and then to have baby with you at the festival sounds like the best of both worlds. I wonder what his objections are?

Tatangel19 - Thank you so much for feedback on Brushwood! I'm not worried about nudity, I would like to be naked myself; and as far as MJ the kids would just assume any smoke was tobacco. I am more wondering if kids there feel welcome, or if there is an attitude of "Ew, you brought your crotch-droppings?" Anyway, much as I would love to go to Sirius Rising, it is the same week as a dance camp my daughter has been wanting to take, so we may have to go to Summerfest instead (which still sounds fun, but I liked the sound of Sirius rising better.) Thanks for the tip that you can go for a partial week!

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Both Phish and Umphrey's McGee playing local shows this summer!! Time for a BABYSITTER!!!

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I LOVE Umphrey's!!!! In addition to the local Phish shows, I'm going to see their two MA shows and the one at Hampton Casino. SOOOO excited

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ShadowMoon, I know Umphrey's is playing at the melody tent but where else, we live so close to it (being on Cape) that we love the melody tent in the summer!

Also yes, DH wants to party and DD will interfere with that in his mind. He doesn't get crazy (anymore) but he does want to be able to drink without worrying about DD. He is warming up to the idea primarily because I am constantly reassuring him that she will just be in the babyhawk or backpack most of the time in the evening and if it gets rowdy or she gets very cranky I will just go back and relax at the tent with her. As far as family camping, we signed up for it with Nateva but upon learning that it will be at a satellite spot that you have to be shuttled in for we are going to take our chances with regular camping and move if we need to. It is all such luck of the draw and we have always been lucky with our neighbors becoming fast friends with them and no one being crazy so hopefully that will happen yet again...

We just saw that Further was added to Vibes and we are totally regretting getting Nateva tickets. So if anyone wants to buy some Nateva tickets we are selling!
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Any of you going to Mayan Hoidaze?
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We have Nateva tix, but as soon as Further announced the VT show, I completely lost interest in Nateva. DH got a day pass for the 4th and we're selling our other tickets. But I can't wait for VT! That has to be the most kid-friendly show around. DD is 4, and she'll have fun. Then we are camping at our friends' on Lake Champlain. We also have Herkimer tickets, but we might sell those too. DH will be travelling for work right before that show and it might be too much for him to get home and turn around and go to a string of shows. I'm not sure I'm ready to do that much with dd anyway.

We saw Phish last November and it was my first show since dd was born. We had a babysitter and went with friends and it was amazing how going to that show completely got rid of my previous woe-is-me-I-never-do-anything-fun funk. I'd love to see them again this summer, but the tour just doesn't jive with my life. Bummer.
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Who is going to Telluride this summer???

I just got word that we are moving there (dp's job) for a year and we'll be there in time for the Bluegrass Festival!! I've never been to a show as a mama and it's been a looooong time comin'! Man, I'd love to hook up w/ other MDC mamas hanging in Telluride this summer (or winter).
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mountaincaats - I think this year we're going to Allgood too - this will also be our first camping fest with the kids! I think we're also taking them to Delfest. Going all out for their first year They can handle camping overnight just fine and wandering around out in the woods, so I'm sure they'll love it with music! How old are your kids? My girls are 4 & 6.

Anyone who takes their kids regularly have any tips for the slightly older crowd? I miss the days we could tote them around on our backs!

eyesoftheworld- my little girl is 4 nearly five in august. My boys are 8 and 10. we won delfest tickets in a raffle, but just found out last week. there is no way we are able to make that trek. but i would so love too.
I am going to take our bike trailer with a stroiller attachment and a wagon with big wheels. we signed us for family camping so we will have to stay in touch and connect there. We arrive on thursday coming from asheville.
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We have Nateva tix, but as soon as Further announced the VT show, I completely lost interest in Nateva. DH got a day pass for the 4th and we're selling our other tickets. But I can't wait for VT! That has to be the most kid-friendly show around. DD is 4, and she'll have fun. Then we are camping at our friends' on Lake Champlain. We also have Herkimer tickets, but we might sell those too. DH will be travelling for work right before that show and it might be too much for him to get home and turn around and go to a string of shows. I'm not sure I'm ready to do that much with dd anyway.

We saw Phish last November and it was my first show since dd was born. We had a babysitter and went with friends and it was amazing how going to that show completely got rid of my previous woe-is-me-I-never-do-anything-fun funk. I'd love to see them again this summer, but the tour just doesn't jive with my life. Bummer.
DH and I both went to college in Burlington and then lived along Lake Champlain, it is so beautiful! I loved it there, I didn't even know Further was playing in VT...

It's funny as soon as Vibes announced Further we completely lost interest in Nateva (that and learning about the late night music situation) and we are getting rid of our tickets to go VIP at Vibes this year! So excited either way just to see some live music again
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My DH is super against bringing the babes along with us to any shows. So, this year he isn't invited. He can sulk at home.
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Hey, you mamas wanting to go nudie at the festivals this summer : Join the NATURALIST/NUDIST tribe here on MDC. Its awful lonely over there

Anyone paint their bods? I wore a painted on top to DMB in Hartford CT about 8 years ago.
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Ldavis24--- They are playing the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset, MA the day before the Melody Tent.


I would love to go to Mayan Holidaze but it's not in the cards this year. I have several friends that are going and they've been to the previous Caribbean Holidaze and had a blast every time.

It's almost summer! Can't wait!

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Who is going to Telluride this summer???

I just got word that we are moving there (dp's job) for a year and we'll be there in time for the Bluegrass Festival!! I've never been to a show as a mama and it's been a looooong time comin'! Man, I'd love to hook up w/ other MDC mamas hanging in Telluride this summer (or winter).
We aren't going this year, but just wanted to tell you that you're going to LOVE telluride! What a beautiful spot, and an absolutely amazing festival. Have so much fun!!

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Hi there!

A quick hello - I can hear a 2 yo meltdown quickly coming - to all the live music loving families out there.

We are going on a road trip this weekend from our home in Toronto to Cuyahoga Falls in Ohio to see Phish!! We are so excited. It's our daughter's 5th concert, her second phish show.

We've pretty much got the outdoor -show- with -child thing down, but any tips on things to bring/ what works for you... I'm all ears!

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Gearing up for festival season (all CO festivals..Rockygrass, Folks Fest, Four Corners) I ordered a battery-powered white noise machine and baby sleeping bag. A few planned non-festival camping trips in the next couple weeks to give my little one a chance to get used to the tent before we're in the middle of the festivarian nation. Can't wait!!! I know it'll be different this season than it was last year when she was just a tiny infant, but I'm sure she'll be so worn out, so I'm hoping that means she'll sleep like a champ in the campground at night.

BTW, these are my favorite earplugs. http://www.macksearplugs.com/details...icone-earplugs

Anyone have any other suggestions? Also...what do you use for a natural bug repellent?

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I used to go to music festivals all the time. I also used to be a part of a singer-songwriter association.

Unfortunately, my son is very sensitive to sound so it's a part of my life that I've put on hold.

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oh dok, i'm sorry. you'll pick it up at a later date tho, right?

i am hoping we can go to the rainbow gathering this year. hope hope hope. and travel some to a couple of other places...

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I hope that by the time my son is a teen, he'll have outgrown is sensory issues.

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Wondering if anyone has gone to the Clearwater Festival in NY? We're leaning towards going this weekend with our 2.5 year old...
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Hello all.

I'm a 22-year-old Pennsylvania native expecting in late August. My SO and I would spend most of the warm weather time on the east coast going to festivals. He's gotten a head start without me this year (on house arrest for two more weeks and it's soo frustrating to watch him go off without me!) but I'm very excited about enjoying the rest of my summer before our darling LO gets here. We're sticking close to home this year (which turns out is waayyy better than we ever imagined!) because my pregnant body does not like being stuck in a car for more than a few hours at a time. We're also getting into more family oriented festivals that we can take LO to next year. Any suggestions for small gatherings in/near PA? Any tips for festival-going in the third trimester?
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Oh Milkymommi...I am sending you many hugs. I haven't been on MDC for a while now and I am sorry I didn't check the other day when you posted! I am so glad that you find some healing in music!

I have to say that listening to bluegrass really makes me happy. It just makes me feel really really happy! I have been listening to Pandora.com a lot lately. I like the Grateful Dead and Hot Buttered Rum channel. The HBR channel brings some great bluegrass music!

Busymama77...we are also huge WSP fans. WE traveled around a lot seeing them before kids and now see them once a year. We do Rockygrass every year and used to do Telluride Blues and Brews every year before kids. Where do you live?
We live in Missouri. We saw YMSB back in February this year - I was 39 weeks preggers, but still had a kick a$$ time. It wasn't at a festival, though, just at a local venue that they visit every year.
Next year, for absolutely sure - as DH and I are in desperate need of a vacation - we're going to Brewgrass in Asheville. It's over a year away and I'm already getting excited about it!! And possibly Rockygrass in Lyons. I was hoping to go this year, but with a newborn and I was just on maternity leave for 10 weeks, we need to space out our trips this year.

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Any suggestions for small gatherings in/near PA? Any tips for festival-going in the third trimester?
Hey mama I totally recommend you go to the rainbow gathering, its going to be in PA about 35 miles north of Clarion july 1st thru 7th. Its free and there are a lot of kitchens with yummy food. Bring your tent, mat, bag and bowl and you'll do great. Since you are preggers(and if you were BFing too) I recommend you bring a water bottle with a filter on it for extra precaution. Check out Welcome Home and Welcome Here


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Hey mama I totally recommend you go to the rainbow gathering, its going to be in PA about 35 miles north of Clarion july 1st thru 7th. Its free and there are a lot of kitchens with yummy food. Bring your tent, mat, bag and bowl and you'll do great. Since you are preggers(and if you were BFing too) I recommend you bring a water bottle with a filter on it for extra precaution. Check out Welcome Home and Welcome Here


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!!! We were hoping to attend this year's gathering (my first,) but when we were poking around a couple of months ago we couldn't find out where it was being held. Thank you so much for sharing this with me. Seriously, you brought tears to my eyes. I am very grateful and so so so excited! I will definitely be attending. Much love.
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Mystic Garden Party - Corning, CA:

Anybody going? Anybody know anything about it? Michael Franti's going to be there, and I'd love to see him (again), but don't know anything about it...

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Thank you so much for sharing this with me. Seriously, you brought tears to my eyes.
Aww sister I'm so glad youre goin I'll pm you my facebook and maybe we can meet up. It was only announced 2 weeks ago where the gathering will be... for future reference spring council is always held in the first week of june.

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