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Deer Creek RustFest I (August 28, 1996)
Your Host - Ted Wilson
The Fest Call was put out by Ted Wislon....
My Fellow Rusties...
For those of you who have never been there, Deer Creek is in the middle of
nowhere - "out in the fields" as it were. There is nothing but farmland
around for miles. I thought there was a campground near DC, but I cruised
out there last weekend and it's 10 miles away (my place is about 9 miles
from DC). Pine Lakes (or "Pin Lakes" as the signs sez) is just a couple of
pine trees, a pond, the freeway and a couple of trailers; I thought it was a
bit depressing. The parking lot at DC is NOT an option - the drill
sargeants see to it that you move along.
Anyway, my lovely wife Ginger has reversed her previous ruling that she made
when I announced I wanted to have 40 or so close friends stop by before the
concert...(I can't quote her exactly, but it was something like "No fxxxxxx
way!") But heck, we were going to have 10 people over anyway! So, (ta da)
after much searching for alternative venues and lobbying on my part;), I am
offering up my back yard as the venue for the official Deer Creek RustFest.
It's an acre or so of lawn surrounded by trees. If anybody wants to camp
overnight (before or after the concert) that's cool too - there is good
privacy from the road and neighbors. We have a huge deck but are a little
short of lawn furniture (anyone have 50 chairs laying around?) We will
supply a gas grill, horseshoes, port-o-let (Gin doesn't want anyone in the
house because her parents are staying with us - but then we couldn't get 50
people in there anyway!), and possibly a keg o' bzzr (if anyone is
interested that is... :)
We have musician friends coming over that play a lot of Neil, plus any
Rusties are welcome to bring a guitar or what have you.
This will work well if the weather co-operates. I think it will be more
relaxed (and cheaper for everyone but me) than going to a park or
campground, plus it will be safer for the, uh, recreational fans amongst us...
If it rains, I will come up with an alternate plan - probably a
restaurant/bar thing. If anyone would like to offer any other ideas or
knows of a closer place, just let me know.
Still the Searcher
. . . . . Ted Wilson
( firstname.lastname@example.org )
(Also see the Show Reviews)
pictures are on my web site.
I haven't had a chance to do much
but stick them on there - I'll pretty it up later. I need to get some
sleep! The bonfire lasted 'til 3:00 am, not bad for a Wednesday!
Hey Brad! There were many MORE BARN! shirts, and I have a picture of
about six of them in front of my barn. :)
There is a close up picture of a MBTee
on my web site also. This is the first time I've seen them and they are cool!
Overall the fest was a rousing success (nobody got arrested and the cops
didn't show - that's a plus). The best part for me was meeting many of my
fellow rusties. The band and jam session never quite materialized, but we
had non-stop Neil tunes nonetheless. We gave away a couple of door prizes; a
big framed Neil Young Solo picture, and a copy of Crazy Horse's album
Left for Dead.
We did have one...um...incident. My lovely wife Ginger was driving to the
show up highway 37 with two or three Rustie cars following us. Well, there
was a bit of construction traffic (indicated by the large orange barrels
blocking the right lane). Ever the adventurous one, Ginger decided that the
right lane would be faster. And it was - for a while. Ginger was barrelling
down the road passing lots of cars in the left lane - the other rustie
vehicles were in close pursuit behind us ("oh yeah, follow us - we know
where we're going!").
Suddenly, a cavernous ditch appeared in the road...
When the tire blew we careened wildly on the gravel and nearly into the traffic
on our left. . . In slow motion, faces of shock and dismay passed my window.
We pulled over and put the "MayPop" tire on with help from said rusties.
Unfortunately this particular car is 15 years old, and the spare has never
been used - and had no air :( Rustie Tom Hanna kindly
rescued us and gave us a lift to and from the show.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
We still got there in time to catch most (all?) of Jewel.
Special thanks also to Joe Crane for bringing the fire wood and the VIP pass.
And thanks to everyone who came to the (first annual?) Deer Creek RustFest!
My best estimate is 50-55 rusties and friends attended based on the guest
log. What a great bunch of people!
The setlist has already been posted and I'll leave the concert reviews to
others. I'll simply say "It was Neil - it was great!"
Still the Searcher . . . . . . . . . I've been a searcher, I've been a fool...
Full Moon Over The Rust Belt
Computer Cowboy's Report
It's about 7am here. Ted's RustFest broke up about four hours ago,
everyone's still sleeping. I was up about an hour ago with the sun,
cleaned up a little, hooked up my pc to play back this echo of last
night's show at Deer Creek, Indianapolis.
Ted's excellent RustFest - where do I start? We were late (I'm blaming
Dan the Damage Done Roughton, and I'm counting on Misty Mountain
to back me up :) so there was already a good crowd
when we arrived. Folks kept coming in, right up until we left. Somewhere
around 50 I'd guess. Ted's in charge of the actual list & headcount. Thanks
to you and your wife, Ted -- the hospitality was great!
Is this where I'm supposed to tell who I met? Well, I think I met
everyone, but I am lousy with names. I remember meeting Tom Hanna, Brent
Garrett was there (Hardaway - you'll have to deliver that one yourself:),
Joe Berkemeier (who got us our RustRow.) Len Trimmer, another Cincinnati
RustRower made it just fine. Met a Rusty from Phoenix, which may be the
longest trip - I never did get the story on the German couple, tho. Could
be they take the prize (hey - they did scoop up the door prize!)
A beautiful full moon, by the time we got to the venue. Not sure if Neil
could see it through the lights, but it was perfectly framed by the
pavilion structure, throughout the show. Moderate temps, mostly pretty
(See my show review
in the Tour reviews section.)
Return to Ted's Fest turned into Ted's Foggy Trip. Really foggy. Big bonfire,
smell of Ted's horses, a couple of guitars. Very mellow evening all
Well anyway, that's my version of events. Neil's antics get to echo
across the globe now, and I hope they find you doing well.
the Computer Cowboy
Back home now, about ready to upload this - thought of a few more items.
Thanks to you.
- Sheila - thank you.
- MORE BARN! Maybe a third of the folks at Ted's had 'em.
I didn't see any others at the show. Those of us without barn scrounged up
some Canadian Freeloaders Society shirts - cool pic of Neil on it. (If you
care - CFS appears on a jacket that Neil is wearing in a pic from his
high school yearbook -- I think it is in the Don't Be Denied book.)
Anyway, since I'm barn-challenged I'll probably be wearing my CFS to Detroit &
Cleveland. Brad - there *will* be a picture of the barners - standing in front
of Ted's barn!
- The pump organ didn't get played, just sat there in the back on a raised
platform. Sort of a gothic look. Midevil is maybe a better term. Anyway,
it looked like a big damn throne. Some rusties seemed bummed he didn't
play it. Has he played it this tour? Personally, I wasn't in the mood to
be that mellow. The rock was a good thing, Neil.
- Catharsis - I was grumbling about this adventure as a manifestation of my
mid-life crisis. Dan looked at me & said - you've been this way as long
as I've known you. That's probably ten years. I'd say it's life, not
mid-life. Thanks Dan.
"as it echoes through the crowd
who run and cast their doubt
in the deep forbidden lake."
I know it was only 2 days, but what a great 2 days. Neil in Indy and
Columbus, and Ted's Totally Excellent Deer Creek RustFest (TTEDCRF).
There have already been a few mentions of Ted's wonderful hospitality, but
I'd also like to thank Ted and Ginger for welcoming 50 or so people they
have never met before to their beautiful estate. It was great meeting
Rusties from all over, especially running into Joe S. who also saw Neil open
his RNS tour almost 18 years ago at Purdue. A great time. A big thanks
also needs to got out to Joe and Sheila for acquiring 64 tickets for a bunch
of people they had never met. It's the Teds, Gingers, Joes, and Sheilas
that make Rust such a great community.
Brent Garrett (email@example.com)
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