Saturday, April 06, 2019

Coal fest

We had our first public performance of this season. We played a private event on Thursday, but today was the Coal Festival. Did I mention that we live in the heart of coal country?

My granddad was a coal miner, and Jilda's dad was a retired coal miner. While coal seems to be falling out of favor as an energy source, it was something we had in abundance here where we live.

Coal gave local miners who weren't afraid of working underground, a chance to make a living wage. Most of the miners I know worked hard and being around less than optimal working conditions came with costs.

Today, organizers of the festival wanted to pay tribute to local miners. We were happy we had a chance to open our festival season for folks who aren't afraid of a little hard work.


  1. I suspect that only sailors had a more dangerous job. I am pleased that coal is losing its favoured status which in no way diminishes my repect for the work of miners.

  2. Hard working people made this country. I am not sure I could have made it in the mines. I have toured them as a tourist, looked liketough work, I KNOW it was dangerous!
    The best your way.
    Sherry & jack

  3. Mining is a very dangerous work and so is working on the farm. So many farmers are killed on the farm every year. I'm glad that there are alternative power source now.
    I hope you and Jilda had a great time.
    Hugs, Julia

  4. My uncle worked in the mines. It was the only job available for young men in his area. He made sure his sons never had to go down into the mines. My uncle suffered many years with debilitating breathing problems before the problems finally killed him.

  5. My Grandfather worked in the coal mines when he immigrated from Greece in the early 1900's. Hard work indeed! I'm sure you had a good show and I love the pic of you cute! Sorry to read your previous post about the loss of one of your last remaining chicks...those dang raccoons! They are a threat around here for the many folks who have chickens. Have a nice rest of the day and I hope those storms down south pass you guys by.

  6. My Pop and great-grandfather were both miners and my great-grandfather died in the mines


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