First Stop - Brandywine
Our first big stop along the Baby G Tour 2013 was the Brandywine Folk Festival. Working in the music industry brings so many amazing souls into our lives and this group of people in particular is very very special to us. I started working with the band “i am love” over two years ago really inherited a new group of family members. While life has changed over the years just as much as the band one thing has always rung true, there is always a group of loving (some what hippy) folks up in West Chester Pennsylvania we’re connected to.
We headed up West Cester PA with the guys the day before the festival started. We set up our tent ready to camp for the long weekend in the public park. It was interesting camping with G at a place that essentially is not made for really camping. It was port a potties and food carts for the week but boy did we have a blast.
Waking up next to a beautiful still pond at the park knowing the fun and music the day ahead would bring was incredible. I gave G free reign over the festival grounds, the first time she really could go anywhere and do anything she wanted. Knowing there were about 15 of my friends around the fest keeping an eye on her she had a blast with the new feeling of independence jumping in as many mud puddles as possible, making friends with everyone and dancing up a storm late into the evenings. She even learned to hula hoop!
One of my most favorite mommy daughter moments of all time so far in this adventure of being a parent was sharing a quiet moment with her in one of the hammocks in the sunshine just snuggling and chatting. It’s these moments I live for.
Over 50 bands played the 2 year old festival this year, each one seeming better than the last.
All the fresh air, sunshine, and play wore this little girl out each day and it was so easy to camp with her while having time to myself to visit with friends and enjoy some of the late night bands. Sometimes as early as 8pm when the sleep started to take to G’s face I would prep her for bed and tuck her into the tent. Amazingly even though the tent was about 20 feet from the main stage with bands still playing loudly each evening she would snuggle up in the sleeping bag nest and pass out with all the music and people around. I was able to hang out and keep a watchful eye over the tent. This created such a nice balance for us and makes me not hesitant but also wanting to take G to more festivals. She’s a true festival child, girl was in her element!
As we pulled away from the festival after so many big hugs leaving new and old friends behind I couldn’t help but get a little teared up. What a magical long weekend we had and I’m so excited to do this every single year to come. The thought of G growing up part of this creative and loving community makes my heart swell.
Thank you to all the amazing men that put this festival on and I’m SO excited for next year!