Kerrville Wine and Music Festival starts Labor Day weekend and runs four days. Like its bigger summer brother, it takes place on Quiet Valley Ranch nine miles outside Kerrville. The diversity of the people here is vast: Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Buddhists; Democrats and Republicans; hippies, yuppies, and Generation X'ers with pierced noses and eyebrows; vegetarians and meat-eaters; cowboys and doctors, teachers and professional hobos; those with lots of money and those who work as volunteers at the festival because they don't have any money but have a need to hear the music. The focus is on similarities, and the differences seem to fade away. In her book Hot Jams & Cold Showers, about the longer Kerrville Music Festival that happens each summer, Dyanne Fry Cortéz shares her views of the Kerrville experience.
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"With rare exceptions, we manage to coexist in a spirit of neighborliness," she said. "People good-naturedly wait their turn at the showers, the outhouses, the concession booths. Violence is uncommon and theft is almost unheard of." Fry Cortéz credits the music for the peaceful coexistence among such diversity. "When you live, eat, sleep, and breathe music 24 hours a day, you don't need Miss Manners to tell you what to do," she said. "Harmony just gets in your blood."
Peter Yarrow, formerly of Peter, Paul, and Mary, is a regular at the festivals. He is quoted in Fry Cortéz' book: "What you see in Kerrville is a momentary manifestation of a society that believes in itself, " he said.
Kerrville Wine and Music Festival
See Calendar for music acts
Gates open at 1pm Friday, August 30-Sunday, September 1
Daily prices range from $17-$24
$51 three-day pass
Quiet Valley Ranch, Kerrville
Nine miles south of Kerrville on Highway 16