Out of Place

I feel out of place today, even though I’m at home.

That’s because for most of the last ten years –mostly during this same weekend– I would not be at home.

I would be at the Kerrville Folk Festival.

During most of these years, I would have made that long, relaxing drive to Kerrville yesterday morning, pitched a tent in the early afternoon, and be trading songs with friends by sundown. Often, I’d get to stay for the first ten days….as many folks do. I’ve blogged extensively about this before, and this entry is still one of my most read entries each month.

But, a variety of very real reasons are keeping me away from the festival this year. A lot of them are financial and have to do with the fact that our renters moved out of our house at a very inopportune time. So, we’re a little tight on cash at the moment. Even the enticement of free tickets (thanks for the offer, Walter) wouldn’t really overcome the issue.

This will all pass, of course. The tightness will likely be over by this time next month. But so will the festival. It’s just the way the cookie crumbles some times.

So, for the next ten days, I vow to play my guitar a lot, stay up way too late, and think of that one-of-a-kind place.

And in honor of everyone there now, I’ve changed-out my Myspace songs and put up a song that was partially inspired by Kerrville campfires. Enjoy.

And if any of yall down there have any updates you want posted, I do have a computer, a blog, and a desire to stay connected to what’s happening.

Keep in touch.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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