I drove out to Hagan-Stone Park and eventually found where the folks were meeting. They had set up a little area at the marina. People were starting to gather and the band was getting set up. Promptly at 2, the president of High Lonesome Strings introduced the band. The band played for an hour -- they were really good and fun to listen to.
After the band finished playing, the president got up and said a few things about the organization and essentially dismissed everyone to the jam sessions. I had ended up sitting next to a couple of people who participate in the "slow jam" (a jam designed for beginners) and they told me about it before the band started. So I took my mandolin over to where the slow jam was going to be taking place and hung out as people started to gather. I tuned Loretta (again). By the time everyone gathered, we had 2 guitars, 1 fiddle, 5(!) banjos, and my mandolin. The fiddler also had a mandolin, and she switched back and forth throughout the jam.
All in all, it was loads of fun. I didn't play any breaks, because I didn't know the breaks for the songs they played (although I got close to learning Amazing Grace and Unclouded Day by the time they were done). It's all good, though -- I really enjoyed the opportunity to work on my chords.
We ended up playing for a little over two hours. They were making plans to get together again in about three weeks at the annual "Picking In The Park." Depending on what my weekend schedule is that weekend, I'm going to try to go out to that -- I think it'll be a lot of fun. And it's free. A full day of free bluegrass fun: workshops, concerts, and jam sessions.