What I Did at the Big Picking Party

by Dalton Henry

Every year, my family holds a big 3-day picking party in Georgia to celebrate the wedding anniversary of my Aunt Argen and Uncle Mike. This year I was invited, and I accepted as long as I could bring my mama Casey and my granddaddy Red with me. Everybody said this was fine, so we left last Thursday for Georgia.

I do not sleep much in a car, so I considered it very important to keep my mama occupied so she would not get bored. I made her pay attention to me every second of the trip, so that she would have plenty of things to do. At about 8:30 p.m., I decided that we had gone far enough and it was time to stop for the night.

We spent the night at Johnson City and drove on into Hiawassee on Friday afternoon. I had a good time meeting people and visiting with everybody and being admired. People started coming by right away to meet me. Here is a family photo taken by Sarah, my Uncle Chris's girlfriend:

Uncle Chris, Great-Grandmother Renee, Granddaddy Red, Me, and my mama Casey.

I was showing off for everybody with my newest trick of putting blocks into a bowl when my Uncle Chris, who thinks outside the blocks, I mean box, turned the bowl over and used it for a drum. I thought this was quite amusing:

On Saturday the grownups played music all day, except for my mama, who paid attention to me except when Granddaddy gave her some breaks. I heard a lot of the music, and got to meet even more new people. I was very good and only threw up once!

Then on Sunday morning, my mama Casey took me to see a great big bathtub. She called it a "river," but I know it was actually a bathtub, because there was water in it. She let me dabble a little in it, which was fun:

On Sunday we left to go home, and I made sure that my Mama had plenty to to the whole way back. I decided that we would spend the night at Abingdon, Virginia, and we got home on Monday. This was a good trip. I would tell more about it, but excuse me now, 'cause it's time for my bottle.

Best regards,

Dalton Henry

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About Red Henry

Began playing mandolin, guitar, fiddle, and banjo in 1967-69. I married Murphy in 1974. We led the Red & Murphy bluegrass band, playing professionally, from 1975-87. Since then I've handled the technical side of Murphy Method cassette, videotape, and DVD production. When you call I usually answer the phone, and I'm normally the one who sends out the orders.

3 thoughts on “What I Did at the Big Picking Party

  1. Martin Bacon

    Very fun blog Casey. The pictures are great. Dalton is so big. He will be a year old before you know it.


  2. Murphy Henry

    Isn’t Dalton a good writer? Takes after his mama. His Gran, that is me, was at Kaufman Kamp that week and missed all the fun in Georgia. I had a great time at Kamp tho. I am now in washinton state at the national square dance convention. Wish I had time to blog more but gotta go. Did this on my I phone. Whoo hoo!

  3. Tam

    I have to say what a great command of the English language you have Dalton. I can’t wait to see you pick banjo… Be sure to study Granma’s DVDs Beginner Banjo Vols 1 & 2 they sure got me off to a great start.

    It was very wise of you to get your Mama to make a pit stop, we don’t want her nodding off at the wheel.

    Be sure to get Mama to rub your back after a meal your are less likely to throw up. I am sure ‘Mama don’t allow throw ups round here’ so she’ll be glad you reminded her.

    I can see from your pictures you have grown some and your looking really handsome.

    Looking forward to you next blog entry.

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