19th Annual Gram Parsons Guitar Pull and Tribute Festival

Gram Parsons Guitar Pull and Tribute Festival

September 23rd kicks off the 19th annual Gram Parsons Guitar Pull and Tribute Festival at the Okefenokee Fairgrounds. Celebrate the country legend who spent his youth in Waycross, Georgia. The festival pays tribute to Gram Parsons’ Cosmic American Soul music, which paved a new path for songwriters across America.

What started as a friends-only guitar pull in 1998 at one of the festival founder’s homes has turned into a national event. Expect to see kids and adults of all ages participate in the Gram Parsons Guitar Pull. Primitive camping is free with the price of admission, but if you’d rather stay elsewhere, a wristband allows you to come in and out of the festival as you please.

Arrive Friday afternoon and set up your tent in time to catch acts like Donna Frost, Laurel Lee and the Escapees, and Back City Woods perform. Saturday you can spend time cooking over a fire or checking out local vendors before catching the next round of performers, ending with Devils in Disguise. The winners of this year’s Gram Parsons Guitar Pull Songwriting Contest will perform too. Those aspiring songwriters who missed out on the contest this year had better start preparing their submissions for the 2017 festival now. This Waycross event only plans to get bigger!

Three Tailgating Essentials For Beginners

Tailgating essentials

Football season is back again, which means it’s time to perfect your tailgating skills. You may think it’s simple—show up, snack and hang out. But you know what they say: Anything worth doing is worth doing right! Follow these tailgating essentials to make the most of your experiences this season.

Make a Checklist

Nothing says “prepared” like a list made in advance and checked off the day of. Think of the essentials (chairs, cups, utensils, napkins, a cooler, a bottle opener) and the things that will vary person by person (beer, nonalcoholic drinks, snacks, music, games). You may revise the list the more you tailgate, which just means you’ll be a pro by the end of the season.

Pack Up Ahead of Time

If tailgating is a common occurrence for you, there’s no harm in having a tailgating kit. Keep a cooler together with the non-perishables from your list of essentials, like paper plates, cups and utensils, rolls of paper towels, sunscreen, or a first aid kit. When it’s almost game time, all you’ll have to pack up are the food and drinks. Prepare food as much as possible the night before, so that veggies are already cut and burgers are already formed when it’s time to light up the grill.

Use the Space

Make the most of your vehicle as an accessory to your tailgating. Tie a helium balloon to your antenna so that friends can find you easily. Turn your trunk into a drink station by throwing a table cloth down and laying out beverages and cups. Add a canopy and a banner with your team’s name, and invite your neighbors over for a drink.