Went out to Winters a few weekends ago to attend a barn-centered evening of food, music and general revelry. Ran into some fellow barnstormers along the way and stopped off the highway for leg-stretching and hellos.
Jesse brought along the Red Ryder and we got a little target practice going. Turns out Jeffrey's a crack shot.
I think Jeff's point-blank technique was my favorite. Walk up, point the barrel down and blow that bottle away.
And onwards to the farm.
Chicken coops, roaming hounds, acres of walnut trees and two goats roasting over an open fire pit. Such an awesome place to come upon.
Set up our tents then laid around on the lawn watching the light get amazing.
Then as darkness set in the feasting began. Roasted goat tacos, sweet shredded pork tamales, spanish rice and all manner of greens, not to mention salsas and salad goods. Probably one of the best meals I've eaten in a while and all of it prepared at the farm, most of it cooked out over a fire.
Into the barn with our bounty to eat in warm pleasantness and await the music.
Little Wings ruled. I don't think I ever caught this guy's name but he had me in stitches the entire time. I love it when people have a sense of humor.
The Sarees also rocked it and with a sitar at that.
Karl Blau started mellow then rolled into the dance tunes. Hay bales were pushed to the side and the dust stared flying.
Something so wonderful about dancing in a barn.
Jeff, Kelley and Kacey brought the ambient lighting.
Barn dancing might be my new favorite hobby, right next to eating and drinking under the stars. Man that was fun.
To whom do we owe this good time? I was lucky enough to hear about the barn show from Jeffrey "Man O'Light" Manson, but word must've been circulating far and wide as Jesse and Evelyn found out about it at the same time and once there I was struck with the pleasant sensation of running into various people I like but hardly ever see. The farm itself is home to the Center for Land-Based learning which works to introduce high schoolers to agriculture and nature-based education out in the fields and the whole affair was brain-childed by one Mr. Ribbons (whom I've still never properly met) and put together through a multitude of donations, food, time and otherwise. From what I've heard most everything he puts together is this incredible and we'll be keeping an ear open for whatever's coming up next. Til then..