Thursday we went to the Biltmore and Friday night we went to a jazz and wine festival fund raiser for the Ronald McDonald house. It was outside in downtown Greenville. Another perfect weather night – 70 and clear skies. We brought our comfy chairs and got a good seat to watch the bands. There were 6 wine distributers doing wine tastings, hor devoures and a dessert bar so plenty to eat and drink. It wasn’t an inexpensive event so wasn’t real crowded. I would guess a few hundred people. One of the great things about the size of Greenville events is that we usually run into some one we know and also people are friendly so you can strike up a conversation with strangers. Of course a few wine tastings help loosen people up a little. That’s exactly what happened and we had so much fun with new and old friends.
The first group was the Furman Jazz combo with a singer. We were eating and drinking so they didn’t get our full attention but what I did hear I liked.
This jazz singer was fabulous. She sang in The Color Purple movie. Good stage presence and a great voice.
While the singing was going on there was a painter creating a painting. Can’t say it is a painting I would hang in my house (especially not for $4000) but it was fun to watch him. The painting is titled “The Color Purple”.
The headliner was a trumpet player and we didn’t like him as much so left after a couple songs. We had already been there quite a few hours and neither one of us has a great attention span. Best of all in 20 minutes we are home!
Saturday was a Newcomer pontoon boat trip on beautiful Lake Jocassee, one hour from us. We drove with our good friends G. Ann and Al. We were on this man made lake last fall. It is 75,000 acres with 75 miles of shoreline and less than 15 homes so it is very natural. You have this gorgeous lake surrounded by the tree covered mountains and it is full of tiny little wooded islands. Parts of the lake are 400 feet deep. There were 40 of us on 4 pontoons and we had a 4 hour boat ride. We brought lunch and beverages along. Once again the weather was perfect, 75 and sunny. There are 15 waterfalls going into the lake. We saw three of them and some of them were double waterfalls. Here are a couple photos and more are at https://picasaweb.google.com/fchoban/JocasseeMay302011?authkey=Gv1sRgCNj1pr_yqc2sHg&feat=directlink
Sunday we powerwashed the screen porch and lower deck and got rid of all that yellow pollen. It looks so nice. Then we relaxed the rest of the day.