Saturday, June 28, 2008

Crimson Moon
























We just got home from an awesome evening! Where to start .... hmmm, let’s see, guess we should start with the fact that we woke up in Dahlonega, GA. We decided to go into town and take a look around. We were greeted by a sign in the middle of the street that said, “Quiet - Music Zone”. Turns out every Saturday the town has music on the lawn in front of City Hall.

We went window shopping. The small shops were adorable: antique stores, music stores, bookstores, cafes, and wine shops, lined the flowered streets. It was almost like a scene in a movie (see pics).

At the visitor kiosk, we noticed a bulletin board with information about local events. One caught our attention with its rainbow letters. It was a poster announcing a concert by female musicians at a place called The Crimson Moon, and it was tonight!

We found the place and as we entered through great wooden doors we saw an eclectic dining room with a small stage, couches, and dinning tables. The decor was warm, colorful, and welcoming. There was a great combination of styles, from a twist of country, with old fashioned lantern lighting on the ceiling, painted cowboy boots, lovely quilts, and a mural of a tree full of raccoons on one wall … to classic styling, with sheer curtains and antique props reminiscent of the good ol’ days.

We immediately liked the place and decided to hang out for a while, grab a bite to eat, and wait for the show. We took a seat in the bar. We were greeted by a smiling face and great conversation. Come to find out this was the owner, Dana. She made us feel welcome, as if were old friends. Then our server, Alison, came to greet us and she took great care of us all night, very friendly service.

The menu is a mix of organic, healthy and good ol’ food. We decided to try the house iced tea: organic mango ceylon. Wow!!! It was delicious and so refreshing, we drank more than our fill for the night.

As we were getting acquainted with the place, two ladies came in and asked if we were the "other" musicians. We had to say no of course, and offered them a seat at our table. We had some more great conversation and it was really nice getting to meet them. We could not wait to hear them play. However, we hoped we could hear the show from the bar because we didn’t have the $20 per person to see them on stage, in the front room.

We decided to order and had the hummus plate. This could have been simple and common. Nothing in this place is common! We think it was the best we ever had. It was delicious. As the evening wore on, we decided it was time to leave. We couldn't hear the music like we had hoped. On our way to the door, Dana stopped us to invite us to stay, she asked us to be her guests! We were so touched, it was so generous of her since she has just met us. So we stayed and enjoyed the rest of the show. We can't remember the names of the groups but check out the Crimson Moon site and see who played today. They were awesome. Really, really great voices. And great songs.

If you are ever in Dahlonega, make sure to visit this place and tell Dana we said hi. Check it out at http://www.thecrimsonmoon.com

2 comments:

Chris O'Byrne said...

These are the kind of experiences that make up for all the bad ones, great story!

paynette said...

My brother lives about 15 miles from Dalonega so I go there often. I love the public square and all the shops. I haven't been to Crimson Moon but will have to check it out in October. Glad you had a good time there.