A hot day in the beautiful, rolling, green hills of North
Georgia...Saturday May 23, 1998. But not too hot for bluegrass music and
the magic of Armuchee. Stage shows serve
as a centerpiece for this large 'family reunion' and provide a central
location for everyone to congregate for that special performance. This
year there were many!
For nearly twenty years many good friends have been coming
together on Memorial Day weekend to renew musical aquaintances and see
who will show up to take part in the legendary jam
sessions. As these pages will attest, this year was certainly no
The shaded camping area gave relief from the sun and this
is one festival where there was no sudden downpour, or heavy rainfall.
(One camper was heard to say something about 'El Nino!.') For those not
familiar with Armuchee, it is almost expected that there will be heavy
rain sometime during the festival.
Armuchee is one of the few festivals that can truly claim
to have icons as special representations to many folks over a long period
of time. These may include special people, campsites, or even an inflatable
Gumby! AND, there were several extraordinary reunions
at the festival. (These will be documented in a more organized form
as the construction of the site is completed...)
This year many of the "Armuchee
Moments," or anecdotes are being collected to preserve as a part
of the rich history of this special fesitval.
(Help to make this year's site even more memorable - send
me your favorite Armuchee story, or 'recollection' and it will be made
available through the web site. Thanks!
The Farleys and Langleyswere
again magnificent hosts.Mike Castleberry
did a great job with the sound and by late afternoon campsites were beginning
to gear up for great spreads of food and
even more music! Armuchee had once again cast its spell.
*** Addendum - Nina Rowan was good enough to share
pictures of the 1998 Labor Day Weekend Armuchee Festival and they
are available for your viewing. Click HERE
For Nina's Album.