A few necessities
Shoes for hiking in the mountains Mosquito repellent I rarely use my video camcorder, but pulled it out to record some of the music-making. You can't really show the home folks what Mountain View is like with still photos. We saw some nice camp grounds, especially around Sylamore Creek and at the Blanchard Springs Park, so if you like to camp, this is a good area for you. Easily portable lawn chairs come in handy when you're wandering around listening to various musicians on the town square.
Create Mountain Music
"The Origins of the Fame of Mountain View"
Mountain View (pop.2,400) is a modest sized Arkansas town, like any small American town. Its population has grown modestly, because it is a tourist attraction of sorts. This has come about over the years through the past efforts of a talented musician school teacher whose stage name was “Jimmy Driftwood”, He recognized that the poor mountain folk had much to offer in their unintentional preservation of mountain music, folk music and crafts. He encouraged them to hone their skills and “come out”-perform and sell their wares. Ultmately he lobbied for and received federal grants and other monies which built a State Park and Performance Center.It is possible for people who like to “make music” to do so in the town square (except Sundays and Mondays). All “country” instruments and singers are welcome to participate. Bringing your own camp chair is a high sign of interest.
"Bean Festival and Doc Watson"
The last weekend of October is the Annual Bean Festival and cooking galore is on hand. This year the venerable( he is 83, 2 yrs my junior), Doc Watson performed at the Folk Center Auditorium (in the Folk Center) . I did not attend but my son, a” blue-grass” addict (whose web page is www.pickoids.com) and his best friend did go. His pictures last week,allow me to finish our Mountain View pages.
"It can be crowded"
The Festival amplified by Doc Watson brought a large crowd, making parking and stay- over rooms difficult to find. On Saturday by 4PM the better restaurants (all out of town like Jack's) had a 2 hour wait. (See Tip on Dangers about tickets for the performance). I guess if beans are your thing you could get a mess of them at any of the booths and eat standing up.
Ozark Folk Center #2
This gentleman is a real artist, and one of the more interesting "displays" on the grounds. Skilled craftsmen such as this are eager to answer questions about their vocation, and have a number of interesting and useful items on sell for very reasonable prices.
This gentleman, who along with his wife (also a potter), own a pottery shop in town, displays his craft, explaining the steps as he goes.
Quilting may be the USA's best known form of folk art, and many old and interesting quilts have become quite valuable. This exhibit allows visitors to became familiar with how quilts are made, as well as demonstrates a number of common design features.
"At the loom"
Fabrics were made by hand here in the early days of the hill country, and this lady shows how it was done.
"Enjoy the evening show"
This all-gal band was the most entertaining of the groups the night we were there.