Archive 2009

Well we did it!
The first annual Music in the Pines Festival came to fruition through hard work and dedication from all volunteers and organizers. We got a bigger, better stage for the performers and equipment to rival the big festivals in Montreal and Ottawa! On Thursday night, we were ready.
Although it started rough with the weather on Friday, the sun came out for the rest of the weekend, to our delight. Michael Moon’s mystical sound started us off in the rain, but thanks to our brilliant staff, we had a huge tarp to keep us all dry and a fire to warm us up.
  The Tea Garden was a huge hit. Elegantly clad ladies and gentlemen savoured a tea of their choice with scones, cream and jam in the beautiful Faery Garden and served by our beautiful girls Lesly, Roseann and Chelsey. The soft harp of Castalia in the wind enchanted us.
The Kidz Korner was buzzing with activity all weekend. From painting to arts and crafts to water games to puppet shows culminating to a costumed parade on the grounds, the kids were kept very busy. Robyn did a great job! Nathalie’s face painting was a hit too!The Alternate Way had wonderful experiences to sample. From massages and holistic healing to Reiki and divination, it was a world of calmness and a great place to get your energies and chakras well aligned.

The Art Gallery showed off some really incredible talent. Onlookers strode through the gallery sipping our own Music in the Pines wine and nibbled on cheese and crackers. We even had a reporter write up a story about our own Sandy “Plume” Durand.

The Bardic was entertaining as ever. Eileen made a grand entrance on the sedan complete with male attendants waving big fans. We started off with the children who delighted us with song, dance and even acrobatics and a full sword battle! The adults had to step up after that. Alex, our Master of ceremony, went all out as usual. All the children won in their age category. 3rd place for th adult Bardic was won by Kate with a sweet rendition of Halleluia by Leonard Cohen, 2nd place went Hobbes with one of his wonderful stories … and 1st place went to Coleen. A very special mention to Brad Henry for a soul touching native song. Congradulations to all our Bardic participants!All our entertainers were incredible and very much appreciated. From spontaneous sound to rockin’ and rollin’ and then to jazzy pop to folk and more, there was something for everyone to enjoy. We danced and sang along with the bands. A big thank you to all our performers, you guys really rock!
Of course Alex won the ride on the sedan. He got fed grapes by the Goddesses and rode on to registration and back to the stage in the sedan handled by gorgeous men in short sarongs! What a way to live!So next year we await you all with new entertainer and activities. For those of you who missed out this year, be sure to mark your calendar for the weekend of the 1-2-3-4th of July. You will be very glad you did!

See y’all in 2010
The Music in the Pines Staff

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