Attendance was visibly down at the 88th Old Fiddlers' Picnic in Hibernia Park on Saturday, for an obvious reason: it was extremely hot. Usually Dulcimer Grove is packed with bluegrass musicians jamming in the woods, but this year only the most dedicated showed up. The pavilion where there's usually a young people's workshop had just a table and empty folding chairs. And so few musicians signed up to perform on the main stage that the bands were able to take two 15-minute slots instead of one.
"It's really cool being up here," said one singer.
"No, it's not. It's HOT," said her mother, also a band member.
There are usually lots of cute little kids and dogs running around, but the heat was too much even for them.
Several EMT units were on the scene in case anyone got dangerously overheated and needed medical help. They had set up a folding cot with a fan blowing cool mist. Now that I look back on it, that might have been a good fund-raiser for the fire company.