Don’t think for a minute that living in a small Texas town is boring! Well, maybe it is; but, we have our share of characters. Saturday is a good time to see them all come out of the woodwork, at least here in Denton, Texas.
Last Saturday, my husband and I had one of those rare days alone. It was a drizzly day, and I was busy with blogging and crocheting, so I didn’t want to have to cook breakfast. We decided to head down to the courthouse square to eat at Ruby’s Diner. They have a buffet breakfast that is simple and cheap…serving all the bacon I can eat. Some of y’all might know that I can eat my weight in bacon. That’s a lot!
In front of Ruby’s, we found the “courthouse pickers” jamming together. They have no formal name, it’s really just anyone who wants to join in the fun. Usually, they are over on the courthouse lawn, but because of the drizzle they took shelter under Ruby’s awnings. They were playing bluegrass musicthat had my toes just a tappin’.
When I was a little girl my Daddy and his best friend, E.W. James, often sat at our dining room table to play music. Daddy had his mandolin (which he called a “git-fiddle”) and when they played my little sister and I came running from anywhere we were so we could dance. Bluegrass is “happy music” and I love to hear it.
Fortunately, a few years back I had a friend who would not let me go to a Bluegrass concert. She insisted that I had to go with her to hear a Big Band that was playing in Grapevine; she had to review it for The Fort Worth Star Telegram. I didn’t want to go, but I did. Playing guitar in that swing band was a handsome devil who later became my husband.
Even though I like swing music, I still love to hear me some bluegrass music. We sat by the window in the diner so I could see them and hear them. If you come into this neck of the woods on a Saturday in the summer, bring your lawn chairs or a blanket. You can get some ice cream over at Beth Marie’s Ice Cream Parlor, or some coffee at Jupiter House and enjoy the fun. I’ve told you before that Denton is a “destination.” You might just find you like our little town.
Do y’all have any folks who gather to play music in your town? What kind of music would you sit on the lawn to hear?