SO excited to finally share all the pictures and good times from Mountain Jam with you!
Two weekends ago Pete, my girlfriend Jackie and I attended the 11th Annual Mountain Jam held at Hunter Mountain in Hunter, NY. Mountain Jam is a four day music festival featuring around 40 artists with three stages. It is held on Hunter Mountain ski resort tucked into the breathtaking Catskill Mountains.
The festival offers not only amazing music, but a mix of gourmet and organic foods, craft shops, all different kinds of activities, hula hoop workshops, yoga, an adventure tower and more!
DAY ONE // FRIDAY
We woke up around 4 a.m. to pack the car, shower then get on the road. Hunter Mountain is conveniently located only two and half hours from where I live in Connecticut so we hoped to get there around 9 – 10 a.m.
Thinking it was going to be like the other festivals we’ve attended, we expected to sit in traffic for hours, which is why we left so early. To our surprise when we drove up there was not a single person behind or in front of us the entire way. We definitely thought we must have been lost!!
We finally arrived and it was super low key. Not that many people at all so far. Actually no one showed up until about an hour after us!
They do not allow glass bottles on site and naturally we forgot we had two bottles of champagne in the trunk that we hadn’t put into another container yet. They were SUPER nice and instead of ripping our mimosa dreams from our clutches they let us chug chug pass it…. at 9 am… I’d say that was a good start to the weekend.
Champagne breakfast for REAL!
We had near car camping which again I thought would be a nightmare, but actually turned out to be an absolute dream. We had so much space and our car was literally right near us.
Brought all the best brews with us, naturally. OH, and I was absolutely hellbent on making a campsite flag. So obviously being the crazy craft lady that I am.. after packing allllll night long I finally got a few minutes (at 1 o’clock in the morning) to make a flag.
I used my four Elementos Bandana that I got from a really cool textile and jewelry company called Hechizo Accessories. I tied some flowers and made a few yarn tassels and threw some gold paint onto the wooden dowel. AND VOILA! Festival flag. And she done good… braved all the elements the weekend had thrown at us!
Bought the coolest little single burner stove top.
Apparently these little pins are a big thing. A lot of people collect them and put them on their hats? Who knew.. but they were all super weird and pretty great.
One super cool shop I stumbled upon was called S.A.W Family Creations! They are a small family run shop that creates handmade, hand painted ornaments made from recycled Christmas trees. The concept of reusing trees to create a new ornament to hang on your tree forever, I thought, was a beautiful concept.
I really loved these and I ended up buying a Christmas pickle! For those of you that do not know about the Christmas pickle you should look it up! My friend Caitlin taught me all about them and now I finally have one of my own :)
Best. Shirt. Ever.
The calm before the storm.
It ended up torrential down pouring, which only some of us were slightly prepared for… (haha, i.e. Pete)
Lucky for me Pete sneaked our spirithoodies into the camping gear! :D I really don’t know what I would have done without it because it went from 80 degrees to 45 in the snap of a finger.
And not only did we have an epic camping spot on the mountain, but we had awesome neighbors to boot! They were Canadian so we basically cracked Amurica and Canadian jokes the entire weekend.
We saw Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters that night, and they were truly incredible. Sprinkled some Led Zeppelin songs in there which made me beyond happy.
DAY TWO // SATURDAY
Day two was wet. Everything was completely soaked.. it was a little depressing but I had high hopes that the sun would come out and dry everything up.
So we took our shoes off and made some coffee.
AND BOOM! Beautiful, amazing, sunny day! But seriously look at this view!
The best part about concerts and festivals is all of the NEW music you end up discovering. There’s always that one (or five) bands you hear live for the first time that absolutely make your heart sing with happiness.
I would have to say the band that made this happen most for me was called Lake Street Dive.
They are an Indie pop band with a jazz and folk rock sound weaved throughout with a bit of soul to top it all off. They are really like no other. As they jammed out on their trumpet, guitar, upright bass and drums, Rachael Price stole my heart with her absolutely beautiful voice (and not to mention her amazing hair)!
Strawberry margaritas being crafted below, well because we don’t mess around and margaritas should be present during all occasions.
Slowly getting frigid outside again… again thanks Pete for bringing my cat hat.
Two WORDS. BLACK. KEYS. I have been dying to see them for so long. They absolutely killed it.
And Big Gigantic.. unreal. I saw them once before from the back of the crowd at Firefly Festival three years ago and they were amazing. This time I stood front row, went deaf and danced my a** off harder than I think I ever have in my entire life.
I think they surprised a LOT of people at this festival, nobody expected the kind of performance they shelled out.
Big Gigantic is a two man show known for their electronic beats mixed with a live performance of saxophone and drums instrumentation. Their live performance are enhanced by their evolving lighting and production for a full audio-sensory experience. Each performance has a light show which usually entails two massive LED screens that seamlessly play some of the most epic motion graphic videos I have ever seen.
It ended up dropping to around 40 degrees that night. It was absolutely freezing, so cold that little bits of ice formed on our tent.
DAY THREE // SUNDAY
Day three! Another beautiful day!
We hung out with our neighbors in the morning, drank some Canadian beer equivalent to Keystone and packed up our stuff so we could hit the road that night.
BUT FIRST YOGA.. with Michael Franti or course! We tried getting up early to get a good spot, which we failed at. But we stayed anyways because this was way too cool to pass up!
Had to take the ski lift to see this whole jam from the sky of course!
Micheal Franti and Spearhead were so good. Micheal danced through the crowd, marched around the mountain and sung with everyone who was around him. I’ve never really seen anyone ever do that before and it was totally awesome.
Alabama Shakes! They rock so hard.. Brittany Howard’s blows me away sometimes.
And that’s it! That performance concluded our absolutely amazing, beautiful, happy and unforgettable weekend.
There were times during this trip that I could not even begin to express the happiness that filled my heart. With the music in the air, the kind people around us, the sun shining everyday, and the good vibes that filled the mountain are indescribable moments I can only show you through the pictures I have shared and the bits of stories I have told.
I hope you all enjoyed my post, this was a BIG one, but it deserved to be shared in all of it’s glory.
Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to stop by (and continuing to stop by) to read and see the things that make me truly happy in this world :)
It truly means the world.
Here’s to great music and sunshine,
– – Catina – –