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  • It has been a quiet day at Tok RV Village. There are many campsites not occupied. But it is very early in the season. And spring has come late to Alaska this year. By this time one can usually find the state flower, the forget-me-not, blooming by the road where it passes Tok RV village. But not this year.

    This morning I got the laundry done and that tire repaired. Then Dave and I were off for a 1 PM Jam at the home of the local barber, Vi. What I did not know was that Vi had prepared an entire meal for everyone. I got to listen to wonderful life music both before and after. There were 5 to 6 musicians. Dave on guitar, Floyd on 12-string guitar, Jim on fiddle, Jordan on fiddle, Carol on piano, and at times Vi on washboard. I had not seen Floyd since 2006. The group sounded great.

    After lunch Jordan began with leading "Ashokan Farewell" on fiddle. That music really takes me places. After a while, as I was all comfortable under a blanket in one of Vi's easy chairs, dessert was served. We had a choice of cake or coconut cream pie. Pat, who was in the chair next to me said he would have "a little of both". I said, "I'll have what he is having." We both got more than a little. I'm not sure I'll need any supper tonight. Near the end both Vi and I wanted to hear "Ashokan Farewell" again. And we did. A great way to spend an afternoon in Tok.

    It's about 6 PM now. At 7 PM Dave Stancliff will give the first of 100 straight daily performances on the set/stage pictured above. I'm not sure how long Dave has been doing this, but the stage is rather new, this being its sixth season. Tonight it will be Dave, Jordan, her brother Huck on Banjo, and Vi on washboard. And I suspect Vi may dance again like she did this afternoon. Vi is 80. When people ask her why see keeps doing it she says, "Because if I stopped I might not get started again." Sounds right to me.
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