Yesterday, October 3, I went to downtown Dandridge. I have been spending the weekend at my brother’s house and thought it would be nice to go play downtown again. It was such a positive experience when I was here last time, I was looking forward to playing there too. I was met with a wonderful reception from the people who remembered me from a month ago. Like before, there were people who made a stop at the four way stop sign and listened for a few seconds before moving on, giving me a smile and/or a thumbs up.
I played for two hours and had a great time seeing some familiar faces. I met and talked to a few people, one of which, John invited me back for the first Friday in December for Christmas Festivities. Something I may do, depending on what is going on at the time. He also bought me a lunch at Southern Comforts Cafe, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Southern-Comforts-Cafe/149887458404209 I also received a coupon for my next visit there from the owner of the restaurant. Dandridge is a small town, with a wonderful atmosphere and very friendly people. There is a genuine appreciation for what I do here, and as I keep finding, in many of the small cities in this area.
What I like most about coming up here, is I am able to see my brother and his family. It is not something I have been able to do very often. I have been here twice in the last month and thoroughly enjoyed myself staying at his house and seeing my nieces and my nephew. Even though I was here a month ago, I didn’t get a lot of time with the family. The plans on this trip got changed and it enabled me to hang out here a couple extra days. Their house has great views of the Smoky Mountains and a lake which unfortunately gets drained in the winter time. Sunrises here are amazing, I was able to see one when I was here a couple years ago. I am also very grateful to them for allowing me to stay here. Kerri (my sister-in-law) has told me a couple of places where I could go and they turned out pretty good.