I can't imagine a MerleFest without Dancin' Dave! He's been our outfitter for as long as we've been coming - I guess that's 4 or 5 years now. It's not that we don't have our own camping gear - it's just not as nice as what Dave brings. Plus not having to set up - or, more importantly, tear down - especially in the rain - that's wonderful. And we actually have room in our car to bring food and instruments. The kids get their own tent and we get to sleep on cots - a luxury we only have once a year camping. To top it all off - he's a really nice guy. He takes extra care to make sure you have everything you need and takes care of any problem that might come up. We look forward to seeing him every year!
The Peters Family
I traveled to Merlefest from the UK, and upon arriving at Dancin'Dave's River's Edge campsite I was given a warm welcome and shown to a neat, tidy, and very comfortable tent with a bed and blankets and offered any help I needed.
I also made two wonderful friends in Lynn and Dave. I would gladly stay at Dancin' Dave's campsite again.
Manchester, United Kingdom
It's been a whole 3 months since I've last seen you (Spring LEAF) but I'm sure you have been not only taking care of yourself but that you're still having waaaayyyyy more fun than me this summer:)!! I have been so busy that I kept missing opportunities to grab a moment and actually write you a thank you note for your part in making my family's first LEAF experience an event to remember!!!
You are such a wonderful person with such beautiful energy! Each one of your wonderful tents was filled with your smiles, your enthusiasm and your amazing light! Here are the pix we promised; the world needs to see what you offer. Also, if you'd like a testimonial about how great you were in my master plan of secrecy to get my family to LEAF (smile) and how pleased they were with their accommodations, please do not hesitate to ask (it would be my pleasure). We are not only lifetime Spring LEAFers, but also lifetime Dancin' Dave Campers!!!
Peace and Light,
Je (Moye & the Kids)
Jajuana D. Moonie
MLK Middle School
Just a note to thank you for setting camp at the Magnoliafest. I wish you had been around when we booked the first Woodstock!. Your equipment is top grade and covers everything (the girls loved the shower.....); your setting up with an additional tent for an unscheduled camper really solved a problem. I could not have picked a better campsite at this 5000-acre park, and my friends will tell you----I can be very picky! If we decide to take this old body camping next October you will certainly get a call. Thanks again.
MagnoliaFest 2003 was my first encounter with "Dancin' Dave", and what a great pleasure it was. When I and my wife, Patty, and our friends arrived to our campsite, EVERYTHING was ready for us to enjoy four wonderful days of music. Other than cook and start the fire, Dancin' Dave took care of every little detail.......a comfortable tent, cot and bedding, complete with lantern (and even earplugs.....we were just opposite the main stage) demonstrated his attention to detail. The complete kitchen served our every need when it came to cooking and the shower was only a few steps from our tent. If you ever want enjoy the luxury of carefree and hassle-free camping where all you need to do is show up, enjoy the music and atmosphere of the festival, and then drive away once you have packed up your own gear, DANCIN' DAVE IS YOUR GUY! DANCIN' DAVE...........WHERE RUSTIC AND THE RITZ MEET!"
John D. Wilkes
Just had to drop you a line to let you know how pleased I was with your camping service at the Suwannee Springfest. Because I had to fly to the festival, I couldn't take my camping gear. And because the on-site camping at the festival really makes the festival special, I was glad to find your camping service.Your equipment was all top quality and clean, and all set up and ready for me when I arrived. What really surprised me was the great location of your camp. Count me in for the next festival, please!
I've camped with Dave four times now, for SpringFest and MagFest both. The first time was with my son who was only 6 at the time. I was a nervous wreck, attending my first large festival in years, with a little kid to boot. Dave took care of everything imaginable, and his imagination is better than mine! In emails and phone calls pre-event, Dave calmed all my worries. Once we got there, he made me and my son feel perfectly at home in the camp site, and everything was perfect. Coming back each time is like coming home to family! I'm an archeologist; I have all my own gear and have camped on my own for a living. But on festival weekends, I don't want to have to give my camp a second thought. I know when I pull into camp, everything is exactly as it should be. Dave's set-ups are first rate - everything from the "carpeted" floors to the custom-sewn sleeping bag liners (Thanks Lynn! very smooth - I love them!) to the solar showers that he fills (and hoists!) for me with hot water from his camp stove. Oh, and his camp kitchens? Everything's there! That's the best part about Dave's camps - everything you can think of is provided in top quality and tip-top condition.
Camp with Dave! Show up, spend a fantastically relaxed camping weekend with your new family friend, and look forward to the next time as he hugs you goodbye. See you soon, Dancin' Dave!
From the folks at MerleFest:
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