We just returned yesterday afternoon from a weekend of "bluegrassin' " in Asheville, NC. Several of the bands we have on our lineups for 2008 were performing and we took the opportunity to go see them as well as distribute the new JuneFest flyers. A couple of the bands are new to Dumplin Valley and we can't wait for you to see them.
There were several DV folks there, too. It was nice to see everyone. However, we got some really bad news while there. Our friend, Mike Ensley, passed away on Saturday morning after a somewhat lengthy illness. With the exception of 2007 (he was sick), he and his wife, Cathy, had been holding down the fort at our flyer table. Mike was always happy to offer any assistance or information he could regarding upcoming festivals. He was a great supporter of bluegrass. He and Cathy were quite often found at the many shows put on by Adams and Anderson. Being familiar with all of the bands, he was a good source of information for festival attendees and he enjoyed the fellowship with everyone. We will miss Mike. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.