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Cabin Comforts: Keep the Party Going

Blog Cabin 2013 party items

Today begins the Cabin Comforts vote for party products. Please vote up to ten times per day for entertaining items and then enter once per day for your chance to win a gift set identical to the one we present to the winner of Blog Cabin 2013.

  • Posted at 10:35 am on May 5, 2013
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  1. Good late morning everyone! Looks like they're doing some cleanup again. I like the new stuff up for a vote, and am glad to see the big wine cooler is ahead so far………room for more! ready for a big party ;-)

    karenlin91 on May 2, 2013 at 11:15 am
    • Karenlin91
      Am I completely daft? I vote for products but I can't seem to register to win the Blog Cabin. Isn't that the way it works? Like the Smart Home?

      jojogirl1962 on May 11, 2013 at 11:50 pm
  2. If I won the BC beauty this is the song I'd load into the Karaoke machine and sing all over the BC property! The dock would make a wonderful stage and the party and my happy dance wouldn't end for a very long time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzHaKwiy6hI

    Mel on May 2, 2013 at 11:27 am
    • Hi Mel, Thank you for sharing with us…Some "House", it's a "Huge" Elegant Mansion!!^_^ I would have to put up Signs everywhere to find my way around!! LOLo.0;)^_^B)

      Jennie/Florida on May 2, 2013 at 11:57 am
    • LOL Jennie——that is one of Sir Elton's homes, his one in England. I wouldn't be able to find my way around in it either!

      Aahhh speaking of good Music…..these guys are kickin' it live and unplugged at Blog Cabin 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8wX0RHxYRw

      Mel on May 2, 2013 at 4:11 pm
    • I would need a map to find the bathroom

      Eugenia27 on May 2, 2013 at 4:18 pm
    • LOL Eugenia!

      Mel on May 2, 2013 at 4:32 pm
    • I'd like to win also, but if you win I wouldn't mind one bit! Love the song by Sir Elton thanks for the link!

      Naomi on May 12, 2013 at 10:22 am
  3. Good morning, Karenlin…I love the choices we have this time around as well! I was thinking about adding a straw to the big wine cooler…LOL…I'm so excited right now that I don't know what to do with myself…homework is done until Saturday, housework is done, laundry is done…guess I could go shopping….words my husband does not like to hear…LOL:p

    TishaStanley on May 2, 2013 at 11:30 am
    • This is a promise! If I win the house, I will have a humongous party and everyone is invited, and I will supply straws! ;-)

      karenlin91 on May 2, 2013 at 12:15 pm
    • That's my promise as well!! And if I don't win it, that's okay, cause I can just drive down for your party…

      TishaStanley on May 2, 2013 at 2:36 pm
    • LOL and I'll fly out for yours!

      karenlin91 on May 2, 2013 at 2:41 pm
  4. Good Morning Mary, Thank you for another set of great things to vote on..I know this will be the last Cabin Comforts so I'm wondering if We Bloggers could get the Q&A responses next?? We are so anxious to see what questions Mr. Eastman's and Mr. Crosser's chose to answer..We love this Cottage and We All want what "We think is best" for the New Homeowner!
    We appreciate You giving Us this opportunity to ask Our questions concerning "Our" Lovely Cottage. We are waiting patiently? for the response. :p
    We Bloggers are Missing the Signs on the Grapevines from ALL the Designer's and Crews!! :( We haven't gotten any Signs in quite some time???
    Thank you again for including Us, We are having so much fun watching, but We would be more excited if We could see a little of what's going on the inside!!! ^_^ Have a Great Day!!:p:)^_^<3

    Jennie/Florida on May 2, 2013 at 11:35 am
    • You are so right about the signs,,,I really am missing the signs, not really sure why it matters so much but it does….and really like the idea of having something from all of the people involved…….

      karenlin91 on May 2, 2013 at 2:43 pm
    • I would love to see more photos of what is happening inside – you used to show more. Can you please show more??

      ivory8 on May 2, 2013 at 4:58 pm
  5. Re-purposed door being worked on to the left of the French doors today. I wonder where they are using that? Inside or out?

    Clive on May 2, 2013 at 12:09 pm
    • Hey Clive, that door looks like it could be a linen Closet door to me!

      Jennie/Florida on May 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm
    • Or a small Pantry door!

      Jennie/Florida on May 2, 2013 at 12:53 pm
    • Either of those works for me. :)

      My two guesses are that it's either the door to the closet-like space at the end of the mud room/ laundry area closest to the master bath or the closet (or whatever it is) on the 2nd floor just outside the bathroom on the right. ^_^

      Clive on May 2, 2013 at 1:15 pm
    • Linen Closet?

      Jennie/Florida on May 2, 2013 at 2:08 pm
    • The little space on the second floor next to the bathroom may well be a mechanical room per the description on picture #7 of the 'after' plans. The space on the 1st floor could be for a water heater or linen closet. I'm only guessing.;)

      Clive on May 2, 2013 at 2:37 pm
    • My dh took folding doors apart, made a HUGE raised garden bed out of them. Do we have NC Carolina gardeners here who can tell us what veggies grow in this area?

      Trish on May 2, 2013 at 2:51 pm
    • We are growing strawberries, tomatoes, jalapenos, green onion, green beans, carrots, basil, parsley, cilantro and rosemary in our raised beds. My daughter is growing corn at school, we plan to at that to the garden as well. Hope that helps!

      rsl73 on May 2, 2013 at 3:01 pm
    • Throw in cucumbers and zuchini and it sounds like my garden, which I am putting in this week here at the top of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

      Windsmurf on May 2, 2013 at 3:26 pm
    • We're expecting frost tonight & tomorrow night. Sigh! o.0

      Clive on May 2, 2013 at 3:46 pm
    • It was in the high 80's on the west coast this week & some areas had record heat in the 90’s. This is early & very little rain.

      Lettucefields on May 2, 2013 at 4:29 pm
    • I have 3 kinds of maters,3 different peppers,cukes,starting some grapes and some pecans in pots for planting next winter.

      TonyE on May 2, 2013 at 9:08 pm
    • I am putting in 12 mater plants, almost all are different kinds – last year I stayed with 1 kind and we had a horribly hot and early summer and by mid-july they were toast (literally), so this year I am going for diversity. I am putting in 4 pepper plants, they are all Bell peppers, but different colors (green, red, yellow and purple). I don't have a very large garden plot, but I enjoy trying different things there. I am trying a couple of eggplants this year too, I don't know how to cook them, but if they grow, I'll find out:p

      Windsmurf on May 3, 2013 at 10:26 am
    • There is classic eggplant parmigiana; my mom does an eggplant casserole with onions, I think mayo & sour cream, and crushed crackers on top; and my favorite is Thai red curry (usually shrimp or chicken) with eggplant, spinach, and fresh basil!

      Mimitheminer on May 6, 2013 at 7:49 pm
    • For our zone, there is technically still a chance of frost until mid-May, but I am going to be brave (or foolish) and go for it this weekend.

      Windsmurf on May 3, 2013 at 10:20 am
  6. I also look forward to hearing the Q & A.

    rsl73 on May 2, 2013 at 12:55 pm
  7. Someone is out racking the dirt? Early prep for Yard Crashers maybe? It has finally stopped raining here, but it is definitely not 70 degrees.

    rsl73 on May 2, 2013 at 1:56 pm
    • Be happy for the rain. We had SNOW. May 1st and SNOW! ?????????

      Trish on May 2, 2013 at 4:11 pm
    • According to the thermometer I saw today, it was 82…it was very warm, but I don't think it was in the 80's

      Planting our garden this weekend with our granddaughter, she loves to help her pa…so we're waiting.

      TishaStanley on May 2, 2013 at 6:42 pm
  8. I would love to see more pictures of the outside the cottage of the other 2 sides that we can't see on the cabin cam too. Plus a few more of what they been doing on the inside wouldn't hurt either. You don't have to show us the finished rooms just some shots of the work they been doing there.
    A look at the tower or view from windows up there would be great too. Maybe with the light that got voted on, shot from what it looks like from outside at night with light on and a shot from the inside too maybe?
    Everything is coming right along and we would love to share what going on inside too please and thanks.

    home_girl on May 2, 2013 at 2:13 pm
  9. OK, The view we see from the cabin cam, is that considered front yard or back yard? Yard crashers usually does the back yard, and desperate landscaping does the front. But somewhere it was said that desperate landscaping was doing the pier? So ???? what does that mean? So is Matt (Yard crashers) not doing the yard we see? Sorry this has be confussed.

    vicki_in_Utah on May 2, 2013 at 2:27 pm
    • Vicki, I can't help but think of what we see as the front of the cabin…. as to who will do it……..I have no clue..maybe they will leave a sign sometime so we know …;-)

      karenlin91 on May 2, 2013 at 2:48 pm
    • I thought the yard area we see would be Yard Crashers with the fire pit area. I think the house is set in such a way that the main entrance is on the side, so front and back are confused. The important entertaining area I believe would be closest to the water. Just my thoughts.

      rsl73 on May 2, 2013 at 2:59 pm
    • The main entrance is on the side, however it faces the water same as the other doors, except MBR.

      540sam on May 2, 2013 at 3:19 pm
    • Hi Vicki, it is my understanding that Matt will do the Patio Area and back yard like he did at the Farmhouse in Maine and Jason and Crew will finish up the Dock and Landscape the waterside, whether it be called the Front or the Back..In my opinion where ever the porch is I consider be the front and there is nothing on the North to indicate it is the front yard…It is such a big yard, I'm wondering how much ground will they actually landscape? We will have to wait and see!:)

      Jennie/Florida on May 2, 2013 at 3:03 pm
    • I meant to say I think the Patio would go on the West side wall where the powder room and laundry
      area is located or maybe it will go back further but if that happened you wouldn't be able to enjoy the
      water view..Just playing guessing games right now…I'm really anxious for them to get started and hope that We don't get blocked from seeing them work!!:(:)B)

      Jennie/Florida on May 2, 2013 at 3:19 pm
    • I was following this conversation until you said “West” then I managed to totally confuse myself (I’m on the west coast) when I think of looking at an ocean it is always to the west.
      I’m all better now….. East – Atlantic – Sun Rise …… West – Pacific – Sun Set

      Eugenia27 on May 2, 2013 at 4:28 pm
    • I think that is why I am so confused Eugenia, I am from The west coast too, grew up in Topanga Canyon. The only thing I miss here in Utah it the beach.

      vicki_in_Utah on May 2, 2013 at 5:13 pm
    • I must be really confused then…I was born on/in the West Coast, live on the East Coast now…LOL

      TishaStanley on May 2, 2013 at 6:45 pm
    • WOW one end of the country to the other.

      vicki_in_Utah on May 2, 2013 at 9:27 pm
    • I think of the side that we see with the porch and the French doors as the front. If I were to win, that would always be what I would call it. It also is where the majority of the lawn area is, stretching down to the bay. The foyer entrance would be the one I would use however when coming home with groceries or whatever.

      Windsmurf on May 2, 2013 at 3:32 pm
    • With waterfront properties, the front of the house faces the water….therefore, the front yard is the waterfront side…..or North side of the BC. I'm sure there must be exceptions to the rule (all generalities are false), but given that the nicest porch is on the waterfront side, I'm pretty certain the the BC follows the general "rule".

      RLD on May 2, 2013 at 3:41 pm
    • Not always so. We live lakeside but the front of our house is deemed the one that faces the road (not by us but that's how it's marked on the architects plans). The same applies to all the lakeside houses in our road (and others). I have been told the front is the side that faces the mail box; the side that faces the main road; the side the architect decides; the side the local laws say is the front etc. etc. o.0:S;)

      The only houses around our way that have the front facing the water are those on some islands in the lakes where there is no road and the only access is the water. I suppose they could argue that beinig on their own island every side faces the water so every side is the front (or rear). ^_^

      With this house maybe they'll combine with one doing the soil & plantings and the other doing the buildings such as the pergola, firepit, shower and any othe structure.:D

      Clive on May 2, 2013 at 4:01 pm
    • That is what I always understood; the Front is Closest to Mail box and Main road.
      I like the island conundrum.

      Eugenia27 on May 2, 2013 at 4:31 pm
    • Last BC in Maine, Matt/Crew did backyard Fireplace, Patio, Deck and Landscape. Jason/Crew did front and side yards, but there is so much more yard this time and many projects, So we will have to wait and see if they are going to share the load..It's my understanding that Jason and Crew will finish the Pier/Dock and add some fun things.
      Matt was the Host in 2011 when they built that "Outdoor shower" but can't remember if he joined in to help..I'm sure he is capable of building the Pergola and Firepit with his Crew but maybe the Shower Pros will have to come and build the Shower, remember there was a Special flooring that lit up? The Shower Company Guys did the floor but Dean and Derek helped with the rest of the Shower.. all are very talented Guys^_^
      Can't wait to see all activity unless We will be sent to Panorama..Just not Fair!!!:(:)B)o.0 That's like sending We Bloggers to "Timeout" like little Kids!:(o.0:)^_^

      Jennie/Florida on May 2, 2013 at 6:01 pm
    • Jennie, I LOVED that lit flooring!!!xD:p<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on May 3, 2013 at 12:07 pm
    • Hello Kitty, I hope you are feeling up to par and your health is improving ^_^ I care…
      Yes the 2011 Shower floor was really unique and I loved the Blue lights.. Since that style was chosen, I wonder if the Company that designed it will come back for this one too, because of the flooring….Unless Diy just uses the same style of Shower and not add the same flooring..We will have to wait and see…
      Did you notice they are adding the same railing they used on the Balcony, for the Front Porch?? I guess any hopes of even a small screened porch is very slim now. I'm so disappointed about the porch..I had it all decorated in my mind LOL Don't get me wrong, the Place is very Beautiful but they are not keeping with the Cozy Cottage style and the History behind it and not adding the Charm it had on the outside ..Maybe when they're finished, We will see more of what we fell in love with from the start! Take Care Kitty, You're always in my prayers! .^_^B)<3

      Jennie/Florida on May 3, 2013 at 1:38 pm
    • Oh, thanks so much, Jennie! I've not been up and around too much lately, with my back out, along with severe neuropathy. Very severe pain renders me unable to sit or stand for any lengths of time–which is why i haven't been able to post much. Thanks for asking–and most of all for your prayers! :) Alas! On this BC, the porch situation is a big one and– I so agree with you! In the least, the homey character could have been more preserved had the railing and porch trim been painted white. I don't care at all for the brown, and I personally believe that idea came up in an effort to tie in with the brownish floor choice–but confound it THERE, TOO!!! Where in the world would THAT idea have even surfaced? We already knew the house was gray, when the vote for floor color came up. Don't the people who put the 2-3 choices up for vote even have some sense of, shall we say, design logic in THEIR VOTE selection choices? I mean, they know they are dealing with lots of DIY followers/viewers who are amateurs and don't know any better. Have some mercy upon those of us who DO have taste and are giving our time and energy to try to help DIY come up with a great show and product!!! Like you, I believe a screened in porch is a necessity in that location. Our Mid-Atlantic area has been plagued with mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus, which can be deadly. We also have the Tiger mosquito, which is a daytime feeder variety and it is very aggressive. People who assert on this blog anything otherwise and minimize the importance of screening and say mosquitoes are a night time pest are out of touch with our Region. I know you deal with the same issues in FL. There are other daytime stingers and biters too. Blog Cabin will be beautiful, even with this cacophonous, brown, unmatched, contemporary touch of porch rails, just as you rightly said. Being that the entire original house had to be torn down, It is just my own personal opinion that it would have been better to keep at least the tribute design typically the same as the original–that's what it is missing–even though it will be a very lovely place, no doubt. I really was hoping the pergola would be placed elsewhere. Too much happening by the pecan trees and that's also going to give the squirrels more "wings" to the pecans. I would rather see the pecans as stand-alone trees with the mass of daffodils underneath in the Spring and a pergola on its own, where wisteria can grow, but not take over trees nearby and be kept at bay. Ir some other climber…. Wouldn't you? Is your area storming again today? My cousin, who lives fairly near you is supposed to be moving this weekend. Hoping your weather will lighten up! Hugs and love, Jennie! Take care!xD^_^<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on May 3, 2013 at 4:51 pm
    • Yes. Yes. Yes. The new owners will need to put up screens around that porch! I know we all wanted a view from the upstairs deck, so I'm sure that is the reason for the contemporary rails upstairs… of course, using something that looked like wood plus glass would have been a solution too, but it's too late to second-guess any of it now. She is still a beautiful old lady, and we can hope that they put the lipstick on her before they let her go. Right now, it looks like a whole lot of afterthoughts being tacked on, but we must be patient to see the grand reveal. I am just agape that the area around the pecan (or walnut) trees is being disturbed, as much as we have all asked to have it left alone. It's not like we are landscapers, but we did love the character of the place, and it is almost like it's trying to be yanked into the 21st century by its high-topped shoes. Just a bit disconcerting. Plus, the old place had an outbuilding that we would have called a garage, where they sat and probably whiled away some time in the shade, and parked the tricycle and bicycles and whatever else they had. It also had a building on the west side, near the neighbor, which would have been used for a storage building. Then, there was that lovely screened in porch and swing, and the old pump right outside the kitchen. Now, what we have is a lovely remodeled home, lacking all those really necessary extras, for living a real life in the cottage. I think it is wonderful as is, for a vacation home, but if I were to win, I would certainly want to add a covered place to park my car, a storage building, a raised garden bed, a clothesline, oh… here I go again… dreaming as if I could win… but the new owner will certainly want to consider these things. We're flooding here in northeastern Florida. Maybe the rain will ease up today. It's brought as much rainfall as a tropical storm, but they call it a Nor'easter. Funny. I bet you guys who live up north wouldn't call it that!

      BrookwoodCarolina on May 4, 2013 at 7:04 am
    • Yep.

      TonyE on May 2, 2013 at 9:14 pm
    • Meant to say,yep,the front faces the water.

      TonyE on May 2, 2013 at 9:20 pm
    • Whoops….South side…got a little disoriented.

      RLD on May 3, 2013 at 9:05 am
    • RLD, I am extremely directionally challenged, but I think the side facing the water is more Southerly than Northerly, just based on where the sun seems to be setting.

      Windsmurf on May 3, 2013 at 3:32 pm
    • You're exactly right, Windsmurf. The BC faces almost due-South. I simply misspoke. The aerial images of the place leave no doubt.

      RLD on May 4, 2013 at 2:42 pm
    • Now I am totally confused RLD. I thought the waterside of this BC faced the South, the driveway side faced East, the Seashore Drive side faced North, and the Mudroom, Powder Room, Laundry room side faces West. Please someone help straighten me out! o.0o.0:oBoo

      Boo on May 4, 2013 at 2:20 pm
    • Don't let my typing without thinking cause confusion…..the BC faces the South. It isn't what I say/type, it is what I mean!

      RLD on May 4, 2013 at 2:44 pm
    • To keep it very simple and that there is no confusion regardless of opinions go to updated floor plans fig#2 of 8 tells you the front, end of figuring or wondering and opinions.

      540sam on May 2, 2013 at 4:38 pm
    • That would make it the architects decision in this case. ;)

      Clive on May 2, 2013 at 4:54 pm
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      540sam on May 2, 2013 at 5:02 pm
    • :D

      Clive on May 2, 2013 at 5:07 pm
    • Thank you everyone. I think last year poor Jason got jipped big time with the little front yard. So this time he has the biggest job…LOL

      vicki_in_Utah on May 2, 2013 at 5:09 pm
    • I remember there was confusion about the "front" of the home with the 2009 BC.
      In the Q&A responses with the principal architect there was this reply, " Most people refer to the rear of a vacation home with a view as the front. For instance a "lakefront" house."
      That Q&A session is easy to find on this website. I believe the architect of the 2013 BC views the front of the home as the ocean side too. Clive is stating the architect can decide. The interior layout of the home is preserved for the best water views to be enjoyed from the "front" of the home as well. Utilitarian type rooms normally go to the rear of a home, and the main living areas to the "front". On both floors the main living areas face the water and bathrooms and bedrooms are in the rear. The architects design of this home inside and out speaks volumes to me about which side he thinks is the front ! Sam offers a good point too, DIY labeled the water side as the front in their updated blueprints.

      Mel on May 2, 2013 at 5:15 pm
    • In the Redesign of this property, Dylan labeled the waterside as the FRONT, as is normally done on waterfront, vacation-style property. The Master BR and or most Main BRs normally are facing or laid out to take in some pretty view. in this case, that was given to the living room and MegaDen, mainly, with the Master bedroom in the rear. Here is how the "Front" is described by Dylan, Mary and DIY: "Front Rendering
      The south, beach-facing "front" of the house will capitalize on water views and capture abundant winter sunlight via double glass doors and south-facing glazing. One set of modest, central steps leads to the deck, where one can choose to enter into the home through the left "mudroom" door, center double doors or sitting room entrance."
      Hope this clarifies things. :) B)xD<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on May 2, 2013 at 5:24 pm
    • Boy, this could have really turned into an interesting blog session if they decided on an octagon house.:D

      540sam on May 3, 2013 at 5:20 am
    • Hope that an area is set aside for an Oyster Roast!

      pinevalley on May 3, 2013 at 8:44 am
    • LOL!xD

      SID on May 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm
    • Front yard vs back yard. When the house was originally built a century or so ago the water was the highway. Pretty much all came and went that way. The road was a path to move things from house to house around the community. The front of this house facing the water is facing pretty much east north east

      Formerlocal on May 4, 2013 at 3:09 pm
  10. Fun choices! I wasn't sure which color rock would look natural in the area. We moved into a house with two huge white rocks. When does a rock become defined boulder? lol They're difficult for me to move around.
    OK…..I can see the karaoke would NOT receive the greatest amount of votes if the voters don't consider themselves singers. If you want to tell me if you are a singer, thumbs up my comment. If you think your singing is compared to a bullfrog, thumbs down. I won't be offended…..I asked for it. :) Wishing everyone a wonderful Friday. We just had a blast of snow last night. VERY strange weather! Looking at the warmer temps in NC sure looks better….best get to the cabin cam.

    Trish on May 2, 2013 at 2:46 pm
    • Mine would be a definate thumbs down on my singing capability, grrrrribitttt. So I did vote for the speakers.

      Windsmurf on May 2, 2013 at 3:38 pm
    • Also, if you give up moving it and landscape around it, it is a boulder:p

      Windsmurf on May 2, 2013 at 3:39 pm
    • LOVE this response.

      Trish on May 2, 2013 at 4:09 pm
    • Trsh a rock becomes a boulder shortly after a pebble becomes a stone.LOL:D

      540sam on May 2, 2013 at 3:48 pm
    • Trish I'm a singer!! I do have a "twang". What is meaningful to me with the voting option of a karaoke machine is knowing how important music is to NC. Music has played a large role in preserving the various cultures that settled NC from the coastal plains to the mountain regions. NC folks LOVE their music! Gospel, bluegrass, country, R&B and blues, the roots of American music is played and enjoyed from our coast to our mountains. Often the types of music you hear in a region of our state accurately reflects the people that settled that region hundreds of years ago…..that preservation of heritage has been successfully passed down through our music to each succeeding generation.
      Kind of like our LOVE and ABILITY to BBQ. :)

      Mel on May 2, 2013 at 3:54 pm
    • I LOVE the responses.

      I LOVE to sing, too.

      My "twang" will come out when I begin reading some books that inspire me. Wonder if that could be a singing thing, too? I have a daughter who once swore she LOVED jazz. Now, she tells me she LOVES country. I just know I love singing duets/trios with my kids. And my dh, he brings up all the ol' songs that you can't get out of your head once started in the morning. I once lead music, I still do but on a smaller scale. hehehe music humor lol As for for BBQ…..my husband believes he was born knowing how to BBQ and plain cook. But there's no PLAIN about his cooking! We just don't tease about these things. :)

      Trish on May 2, 2013 at 4:06 pm
    • Ever visited the 'Cook Shack' in Union Grove for breakfast and more on a Sunday morning? xD

      Clive on May 2, 2013 at 4:58 pm
    • LOL Clive! Sounds like a great place to hear Gospel music on a Sunday morning!

      You can visit a McDonald's on a weekend night in parts of NC and hear an awesome Bluegrass or Gospel band while eating your BigMac! There's just nothing like it anywhere else. I love the live music you can enjoy unexpectedly when you travel across our state. Spontaneous dancing may erupt too while listening to music, at the coast it's Carolina shagging, in the mountains it's clogging.

      Mel on May 2, 2013 at 5:47 pm
    • Mel, if you ever can get there (and all who live in NC should) you'll be cheek to jowl with some of the originators of Bluegrass music while they jam after church. You may even be fortunate enough to hear L.W. Lambert (contemporary of Earl Scruggs) and a pioneer of the 3-finger banjo style play while you eat your eggs, grits & toast.

      Check these out I hope y'all enjoy. :)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qluJIs52SWw
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk22_-mCQ3s

      Clive on May 2, 2013 at 6:10 pm
    • I Loved those links Clive! Thank You !
      That's exactly what I was trying to describe…..you can find that good old entertainment in places across NC in all sorts of places. I have family members that aren't shy at all about stepping up to sing or pull a harmonica out of their shirt pocket and join in. I hope that never changes in our state, 'cause I sure do love it :)

      Mel on May 2, 2013 at 7:12 pm
    • I think a bullfrog would be insulted to be compared to my singing. I did vote for the karaoke machine because I like hearing people that are able to sing. As the Hostess I would just be plying my guests with wine and egging them on to sing. There is no way I would pick up the microphone.

      Eugenia27 on May 2, 2013 at 4:35 pm
    • In my case they would have to put the karaoke machine in the shower.

      540sam on May 2, 2013 at 6:00 pm
    • I love to sing, but not to an audience.

      rsl73 on May 3, 2013 at 5:39 am
    • I'm for the karaoke machine! Blog cabin sing-along!

      Sittin' on the dock of the bay….. watchin' the ti-i-ide roll away…… sittin' on the dock of the bay….
      wastin' ti-i-i-i-ime…..

      Come on, everybody!

      Sittin' in the mornin' sun….. I'll be sittin' when the evenin' comes……

      Mimitheminer on May 6, 2013 at 8:01 pm
    • I KNOW this one….

      watchin' the ships roll in…..and watch em roll away again…..

      It would be nice to have somethin at the end of the dock….to board and fish!

      Trish on May 8, 2013 at 8:48 am
    • I voted for the Karaoke machine so all my grandchildren could have fun with it. Plus, wouldn't it be a great way to hold some of those larger family reunions/weddings and such? I mean, you would have a speaker ready to go. I wasn't sure about the outdoor speaker–what would it be attached to? I am not the electronics whiz at my house, but it seemed like a fun thing to add to the mix, so I voted for it. I think I would be happy with either one, sitting on the dock…

      BrookwoodCarolina on May 7, 2013 at 8:46 am

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