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Bourbon Saves the Day at the 2013 Menokin Music Festival Pick Nick

This past Saturday was the 10th annual Menokin Music Festival. This music festival has morphed over the years into a simple afternoon of pick nicking, music and fun, all in the shade of the beautiful walnut trees surrounding the Menokin ruin.

So, where does the bourbon come in? Here was the weather forecast for last Saturday…70% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, some severe, with a chance of hail and high winds. Oh, and let’s not forget about the Brood II – the 17-year cicadas that were scheduled to appear by the millions at any moment.

Several skeptical folks called ahead to make sure we hadn’t decided to cancel the whole thing. Nope. No way. Rain or shine. Hail or locusts. If the Egyptians could handle it, so could we.  What the Egyptians didn’t have was bourbon. Buried safe in the ground on the site of the festival exactly one month prior to the day. Wild Turkey to be on the safe side. It’s a Southern thing. Guarantees good weather for your event. Every good Virginia bride knows this old trick.

The day dawned gloomy and blustery, with thick scary clouds laughing at us from the sky. Reports were rolling in of heavy rain to the north and south of Menokin. And to be fair, we did get about 18 drops of rain just about the time the first band cranked up. But by the end of the day? Blue skies, fluffy non-sarcastic clouds and calm, cool breezes. Said one band member,”You have made a buried bourbon bottle believer out of me!”

You’re welcome. Enjoy the pics.

2013 Menokin Music Festival Pick Nick

Menokin Canine Corps Awards

Howdy Luya



Meet Luya. She is Menokin’s newest, youngest, and arguably the cutest member of the Canine Corps.

Luya came to meet the Menokin Staff this week and to check the place out.

First stop was an introduction to Lightfoot, Charter Member of the Menokin Canine Corps and current CEO (Canine Energy Organizer).



Luya decided the best way to introduce herself would be by using the “ambush”





While effective in getting the job done quickly, there was a slight adjustment period while Lightfoot regained his composure.






After completing the official “Sniff and Circle” and “Pat Down” regimens, Lightfoot gave Luya the green light on her membership.

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Meanwhile, big sisters Ruffin and Scout watched anxiously to see how the initiation was going.


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Ruffin experienced a few moments of insecurity during the whole proceedings. Menokin is Ruffin’s spiritual home, and the idea of being unseated by her fluffy little sister was unfathomable. After being reassured that she is still cutest and best loved, she regained her smile and welcomed Luya into the club.

Menokin is very dog friendly, so if you’re looking for a treat and a place to romp, please come for a visit. To meet the other members of the Menokin Canine Corps, visit us on Facebook. Wag your tail and “like” us while you’re there.