Music festival shaping up

  • Jun. 1, 2007 5:00 a.m.

Submitted by Pat Carrie Smith for the Edge of the World Music Festival–We are blowin’ away @ the edge in 2007 to a new month and a new site! The music festival will happen on August 10, 11, 12 at the Tlell Fairgrounds.
With the selection of two local headliners for this year, our musical talent line-up is nearly complete. Chini Har will headline Friday night with his soul music, and the Backdraft Blues Band will get us up to dance to their blues on Saturday night. We have a new selection category this year, the headlining Featured Artists, including Leela Gilday, Norm Walker, Jamie (Collison) Thomson and Ron Irving, as well as Julie Blue, who will transform Sunday morning into prime time with other performers at a celebration of folk/gospel music. All of that, plus our off-island headliners Brickhouse, Todd Butler, Cousin Harley and the Helene Duguay/Murray Porter band, and our other local and off-island talent, will make this festival a packed musical weekend!
Other special events include music workshops, vendors, our children’s tent (evening hours for children may happen this year), and fringe events (the hula hoop lady from last year’s festival is returning with hoops, juggling, and more).
We are having a good response from volunteers who want to be a part of this exciting new festival, but we still need more help from the communities! We need volunteer(s) for Grounds Maintenance, someone to be on hand at the festival to help our Day Volunteers find spots where they are needed, a festival photographer, and a Hospitality coordinator to help create menus and food ordering lists for our already-selected chefs.
Other festival news: camping this year will not be allowed on or adjacent to the site, but the Misty Meadows Provincial Campground is across the street, and there is another campground in Port. The festival concession has been discontinued, and our hospitality tent service will be restricted this year to performers and hard core volunteers. Vendors will be on site to provide food and craft items.
This is your island festival. Check out further details of our musical programme, information on camping and other accommodations, and descriptions of our needed volunteers at www.edgefestival.com. Don’t forget, we are a family event with no alcohol or drugs. We’ll see you there!

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