I arrived at the Baptist Church a day early and saw that the whole parking lot is on a hill. I chose the most level area that would only take up 2 parking spaces and attempted to level the coach. After seeing the driver side tires all off the ground, I tried to raise the jacks and think about how many blocks I would need but the jacks wouldn't come up! I called Coach-Net and Kenneth tried to troubleshoot the system with me but it didn't work. He called a mobil RV repair guy who came out around 10 AM on Friday. I should have taken a picture of it - the back tires were off the ground by almost a foot! Turns out the breaker was tripped and that is located under the hood near the passenger side wall. That was a $45 learning experience.
Terry had me move downhill at the end of the dead-end street with an entrance to the parking lot. I still had to use blocks for the back end of the coach, and 4 blocks under each rear jack, but it got done!
Registration started at 3 PM with an informal jam session at 4, a light supper at 5, a class for something I don't know how to play (I chose ukulele) at 5:45, and an open mike session at 7 PM. Everyone is not here, so it was a small crowd and only 7 performers, but it was good. Two very young players - preteens!!
Over the afternoon, I walked a loop road with Ron. He owns a 5th wheel and I met him and his wife, Eva (pronounced Ava!) when they pulled in right after my jacks were raised and I paid the repairman. They live in Tennessee and had attended the festival in Mt. Dora this past February!
I attended 3 classes on Saturday - Waltz Across the Strings with Judy House where I learned how to change songs into waltzes - Learning to Listen & Train your Musical Ear with Sarah Morgan where I learned to play a song by ear, not tab - and I've Got Rhythm with Judy House where I played percussion instruments to learn how to count time. We had a jam session afterwards with other novices in both kinds of dulcimers and played songs I have heard of before. I still need to memorize songs and not depend on tab to get through them! The concert at night was great with instructors putting on a show. I like how they ended the show with everyone (except Aaron for some reason) came back on stage and played a song I have been trying to learn for the longest!
In the middle of this beautiful day, during a 2.5 hour lunch break, I went a mile down the road to a park next to Wake Forest University and found 6 letterboxes! I snapped pictures of the formal gardens where my search began.