It was a year ago that the Terlingua Community awoke to a bad dream: Glen Felts was gone.
To some, it feels like only yesterday. Others say it seems like a long time ago. Traumatic experiences are like that- personal, subjective, and inexact.
Glen was inextricably connected to La Kiva and for the local musicians, Wednesday night meant gathering at La Kiva and playing at the open mic.
To celebrate the 1-year anniversary of his death, the Boathouse created a tribute open mic: Laird Considine, who hosted most of the La Kiva open mics, was the host. The kitchen served brisket. Gumby and Sierra were behind the bar. “Mind Erasers” were served and enjoyed. Songs were sung for and about Glen, and eYeball, who we also lost last year.
The Boathouse was packed. Don looked on, Jeffro ran sound, people danced, and much hugging ensued. The loss of a loved one focuses your thoughts on how precious your remaining loved ones are and how each hug might be the last.
It was a bittersweet night, but tipped toward celebration.
Here’s how it looked to me: