It’s one of those “kids say the darndest things” moments that even caught ME by surprise. We were attending a City of Fairfax Band Association event to introduce kids to classical music, and as guests arrived, kids were asked what their favorite type of music was. My son, maybe around five years old then, said — without missing a beat — “Hawaiian!” The volunteer greeter’s face and laugh made it clear that was NOT a reply on the “short list” of common answers, and even I was surprised by my son’s reply. But I can’t say I was shocked. He did, in fact, know Hawaiian music well and liked it very much.
Because I truly do enjoy ALL kinds of music — and maybe because I was feeling nostalgic for our trip to Hawaii several years before — I’d been occasionally playing Hawaiian music in our car ever since our son was an infant. He seemed to enjoy it much, and by the time he was a young toddler you could see him doing a very fun dance along to the music. Our favorite by far was a spiffy version of the Hawaiian War Chant that was not by a well-known musician but rather included in a generic Hawaiian music CD I’d picked up in the bargain bins at Target.
We therefore are looking forward to the hearing the happy sounds of the ukulele at the annual Ukulele Festival in Reston this weekend. Yes, right here in the mid-Atlantic we have our own annual ukulele fest, and it’s this Saturday, July 12 from morning until late afternoon. The event features various artists playing live music, workshops, open mic sessions, and sales of ukuleles of all kinds. Now in its fifth year, the event has become a successful and beloved summer tradition. Event organizers note on the website that “When we held the first festival five years ago, we had no idea how this event would capture the hearts of people in the DC area. We shouldn’t have been surprised—after all, the ukulele is the happiest instrument in the world and it spreads joy wherever it appears.”
Come experience the joy for yourself at Lake Anne Plaza this Saturday, July 12, 11 am to 5:30 pm! Visit the website for the full schedule of events!