Some folks in Winnipeg were surprised we did not remain for the Folk Festival.
After all, I’ve been an avid festival goer and volunteer for many years! Even dragged my partner from Bombay back for the 40th Winnipeg Folk Festival in 2013.
However… our focus this trip to Canada was my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary celebrations in Winnipeg, with a side serving of re-uniting with friends in Vancouver, Canada Day with my partner’s sister and family in Toronto and a bit of amusement in London before scampering back to India.
But I gotta admit… this weekend as Facebook is flooded with photos of the Fest, viewing vicariously what I’m sure was amazing music, friends catching up with other friends, the effort and joy of volunteering, the next generation delighting in the unique community environment and activities… yeah I’m missing it.
So decided to relive it going through a few photos from 2013… and to share three:
The icing on the cake (so to speak) was participating in an anniversary panel “40 Years of People” hosted by radio personality Brian Richardson.
Fellow panelists included :
- Mitch Podolak & Colin Gorrie (founders)
- Trudy Schroeder (Executive Director 1999-2008)
- Rick Fenton (Artistic Director 2001-2004)
- Pierre Guerin (Artistic Director 1992-2000)
- Karen Dana (past board member, 30+ year volunteer, coordinator/founder Apprentice Crew)
This is a memory to treasure forever – what a privilege to celebrate 40 years with some true folk fest folk heroes!
So for those who enjoyed the ‘fest’ this weekend and are going through that exhausted satisfied but tired activity of tearing down camp – good for you!
For past ‘folk fest folks’ like me who stayed away by choice or circumstances – we have some great memories to enjoy.
For those who haven’t experienced a summer music festival (particularly with camping), there are lots of other fabulous community based festivals out there.
Why not try? Create some memories too!