Brian and I are fond of Newport, RI and we were excited to have arrived just in time for the Celtic Rock Festival
on Newport's waterfront. We settled in on Friday night only to receive more exciting news...we would have a guest appearance by Bruce & Kathy! The weekend could only get better!
We welcomed Bruce & Kathy aboard Rode Trip on Saturday morning for their first time visiting since Rode Trip has become our home. We enjoyed good conversation over a leisurely breakfast (it occurs to me that we tend to have "leisurely" breakfasts with guests...this may be because we have to cook everything in one frying pan and part of that "leisure" is waiting for bacon and eggs to cook one/serving). I think it's fair to say that Bruce & Kathy felt right at home. Kathy especially enjoyed our freshly brewed percolator coffee.
Christmas came early to Rode Trip, as I said the weekend would only continue to get better. Bruce & Kathy delivered our Cape Horn wind vane, an autopilot system. Brian couldn't get the box opened soon enough and was reading instructions and tinkering away... Once installed, the wind vane will allow us to let the wind do the work to steer and allow us to step away from the tiller while on watch (which we occasionally do already).
Ready to ROCK! We headed downtown for the Celtic Rock Festival; at 12:30 pm sharp the music started and the energy soared! We listened, clapped, danced, cheered, and drank Guinness allll day. The Town Pants opened, and we let ourselves hang loose.
We perused the vendors. The inflatable sofa in the Yelp tent gave me a good idea for how to add furniture to Rode Trip...comfy!
The Screaming Orphans had a sound all their own and we just couldn't get enough.
We were treated to some talented, young Irish step-dances between sets.
Then, the Tartan Terrors. This group had it all! Drumming, bagpipes, fiddles, step-dancers, guitars, comedy. They were fun!
Brian and Bruce took a moment for refreshment and entered themselves in a little bean-bag toss contest. Congrats to the BIG winners! They each walked away with a coozy to keep their beers cold and their palms dry. I'd like to personally thank their cheerleaders for this victory.
Talk about talented...Eileen Ivers and her band were phenomenal! This gal can really ROCK!
The grand finale, drum roll please, Gaelic Storm! PHEW!! They kept us on our feet!
We had a quick chat with the guys and gal after the show. Super fun! Maybe we'll become sailing groupies!