Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | April 10, 2011

Making Music and Friends Along the Way

The title of this blog post is taken directly from the lyrics of our song, “Sunset Ride”.

For us, it’s the best part of our lifestyle, and for the past two evenings we spent hour after hour jamming in the campground clubhouse with some fine bluegrass musicians.

The headliners are Bob and Cherri, who work at Sunset Isle in the winter, and who play bluegrass music on the decks of their Bluenose Schooner, Martha White, on the Chesapeake Bay, in the summer.

Bob is an accomplished banjo and dobro player, and Cherri keeps a good rhythm going on the upright bass.

The circle was rounded out by another workamper, Linda, on mandolin, and Ed, a local who lives on a sailboat, another Bob who winters in Cedar Key, and Keith and me on guitars.

Photo of most of the group, courtesy of

Friday night we sat down to play around 7 p.m. after a pot luck supper, and were having such a good time making music that we didn’t even take a break until 11:30 when we decided to call it a night because our fingers just couldn’t take any more!

A great crowd of our fellow campers gathered in the clubhouse and on the patio outside, to listen, tap their toes, and join in the singing.

As I’ve mentioned before, watching people enjoying our music is the reason we do what we do, and these folks gave us many good reasons to keep on keeping on.

Last night we waited until 8 p.m. to play, so the clubhouse could cool down a bit, as the afternoon temperature hit the upper 80’s.

But, with the help of a carefully-placed fan, we kept our cool, and although Keith and I said good-night around 11 p.m., we could still hear the sounds of banjo, bass and guitar, floating on the night air as we drifted off to sleep with smiles on our faces….grateful for new friends and the chance to live our dream.


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