Unifier 2017

Unifier.

Home.

Freedom.

Love.

Two years ago I went out on a limb attending Unifier festival, a first of many experiences. I met my husband while canoeing to Blueberry Island. *romantic sigh*

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Unifier 2017 was a unique experience, more of a roots gathering than a festival. The event was intimately capped at 500 guests and was held at a smaller location, a one time decision while leadership finalized the purchase of Timber Trails in Tolland Massachusetts, Unifier’s now permanent land!

The limited guests meant that the consistent most core group of Unifier family was present. As if our gathering wasn’t sweet enough, this year there was a new closeness. I am so thankful for the time I got to spend with some of my favorite people! 

Since James and I and cats arrived via RV we did not camp but instead set up a space for our hammocks by the pond and used it to recharge, relax, and meet with friends.


The grounds were well kept and spotted with beautiful flower gardens and wooded areas. A beaver lived in the pond and would spend its days swimming around collecting rocks and sticks

 

The music was amazing, my faves were Kai Altair and Moon Hooch. Whether bopping with vendors or sneaking a dip in the pond, hearing the music echo over the land is my favorite part of festivals.

Shout out to Unalome Designs for having amazing hemp naturally dyed clothing. Your clothes are comfy and sexy, keep it coming.

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Hemp top by Unalome Designs
Hosting in the RV was quite fun as many of our friends wanted to come play with the cats and check out our mini home. James loves to cook for people so we walked around with a plate of tempeh dogs at one point.

And finally, one of the best surprises of all was playing with baby ducks. Yes, only at unifier.💛

#Firefly2017

This year we decided to go to Firefly on Friday and Sunday with Saturday being a rest day at the campground.

We arrived later in the day on Friday just as Weezer was finishing their set. I was surprised by how old they seemed as I had a reality check about the passing of time (okay). It was nice to hear their classic songs as everyone easily sang along.

Next Benny Benassi wowed us with his famous beats as we bounced under the colorful lights and giant balloons (obsessed).

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The next band was 21 Pilots. They put on a show of red white and black colors with loud shocking noises, twice what sounded like gunshots. Although I enjoyed hearing their music, I thought that they could improve their live performance skills and I thought the gunshot noises were unnecessary and could trigger someone, not cool. 

We finished up the night bopping to Flume. James did a tour of the food booths before we headed back to camp for the night. 

We returned again on Sunday for our favorite artist, Nahko and Medicine for the People. 

While waiting for Nahko to finish his sound check we watched tweets scroll by on the giant screen. I figured I would tweet something, even though they were mostly showing tweets from the day before, and guess what: they showed my tweet. I did not get a picture of the screen as it went by quickly and I spent most of the time trying to tell the guy behind us that he was on the screen too. 

 

Nahko played twice at Firefly this year. The first show was mid day on the Backyard stage. James and I knew we wanted to be front and center. With the sun blazing we rocked out to the medicine.

The evening show was a more acoustic set at the intimate treehouse stage. We had a laid back spot this time just chilling next to a tree.

We had the honor of visiting with our friend Max Ribner, the trumpet player for Nahko’s band, and he had a chance to meet James’ parents. We took a photo, still trying to get my paws on it. 

Finally we ended with a great show from Muse. They were professionals at live performance and keeping the flow going between songs with riffs and solos. The crowd really showed up for them and even still there was plenty of room on the lawn to sit close to the main stage. 

All in love I had a lovely time at Firefly festival. I’m not sure if I would go again unless my favorite artist were there, not because it was unpleasant but I tend to prefer more intentional gatherings with less garbage on the ground.