Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Visit to the Opry – Mountain Opry

We have a little gem here in our community. It’s called the Mountain Opry. It’s a non-profit organization that has been operating every Friday night for nearly 30 years. This show features some of the area’s best bluegrass, mountain and traditional Americana music that can be found in the Tennessee Valley. There are usually 4-6 different performances and there’s no charge for admittance, but they do pass the hat for donations. On any given Friday you may hear banjo pickers, fiddlers, bass players, guitarists, and along with some good old-fashioned harmonizing. Sometimes the action on the outside is just as entertaining, as groups waiting to go on jam with other pickers in the yard.

We’ve made several visits to the Opry over the past few years and have never been disappointed. Recently we had the opportunity to attend again with all the folks that came into town for Rebecca’s ordination. I brought my camera along to capture the moment, but was disappointed when I imported them into my computer. Usually, when we have Cupcake with us, we sit on the stage and watch the musicians from behind, but this time we actually sat in front of the musicians toward the back of the room. The imported photos were very dark and of course grainy.

After staring at them for a bit I decided to try and give them a vintage look. Wow! I absolutely LOVE how they turned out. I love how the vintage effect brought out the light. I really enjoy capturing those little intimate moments when no one is aware that I have a camera pointed at them. That vintage effect only added more emphasis to this point-of-view. Next time? Well, the next time we visit we just may sit in the same spot.





































Some folks in our group, two of Rebecca’s aunts, decided to try a little boot-scoot-n-boogie or was it clogging? Well, whatever it was, they sure enjoyed themselves! I did too!


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