Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Clifftop Memories, a video
It consists of some 4000 people converging on a single mountain top for a week or so in August to play music, eat, visit, and forget the rest of the world for a while. The participants are bankers, hippies, housewives, children, teachers and if you can name it, one of those people is represented at Clifftop...armed with a musical instrument. They all play acoustic music, Old time, Klezmer, Bluegrass, Jazz, Cajun Gospel and anything and all things between.
It's a mini Woodstock in the woods for a number of people who have come every year since year one.
It's a mini city, a one week shot that requires security, food service, concessions, a professional sound crew, a huge water, safe water supply, toilets, EMS staff, and a small efficient maintenance crew ...whatever it takes to run a small town for a week.
The planning and assistance of a very dedicated group of State of West Va. employees, and a lot of dedicated volunteers, pull it off year after year...rain, cold, dry, no water, whatever...and everyone there pitches in to make it work at every level.
I have a blast every year. My hat to all involved in pulling it off so effortlessly to the casual eye.
Here's a video by a friend, Bill Dudley. His web site is Bill Dudley.com. He has variety of great videos on the site, and has done a few for us. He does a Clifftop Moments almost every year. He does capture the essence pretty damn well. Enjoy.