I'm currently writing this from my home in Brandon as Nadia has taken pity on me and has given me a couple days of R&R!! But I wanted to tell everyone about the festival while it's still fresh in my mind :). Basically, it was the best. weekend. ever.
Friday was the busiest day in my opinion.. getting everything set up, getting all of the volunteers and performers set up and settled at the site, and making sure that things would run smoothly for the remainder of the weekend. I may have been a little gung-ho that day and tired myself out, but I forged through the rest of the weekend, as did everyone else! Saturday and Sunday were also hectic but at the same time things were running smoothly and everyone was having a good time! I even got to sit down and listen to a few performers and I have to say, The Noble Thiefs totally rocked it! I loved their performance! A few others I was able to see included Ian Porteous Blue Grass Band, Swamp Gas and Les Jupes. They were all excellent! Speaking of Les Jupes, that brings me to Sunday night...
Les Jupes was just starting the second song of their set when I heard Tim on the radio warning everyone to button down the hatches, a huge storm was coming our way!! It was all hands on deck as volunteers and festival goers helped tarp the stage, keep the tents down, and remained calm through it all. We are talking gail force winds here! It was totally epic. The image that sticks in my mind is Delano (Nadia's husband) sledge hammering down the tent pins as the rain slashed down, literally sideways! There's also a picture in the slideshow that shows the amazing volunteers holding the tarp up at the stage while the rain was coming down. By the time the rain stopped, many people had packed up and gone home. But there were some that stayed and musicians as well.. so we shut the main stage down and had an acoustic concert/community supper in the volunteer tent! It was so awesome, everyone was loving it!
Alana Levandoski and I had written a song the week before, hoping to perform it on stage Sunday night. But instead, we got to sing it in the tent with a few of the remaining musicians and it was even better than I had ever imagined it would be! I am so proud of the song we wrote together, and will post it below :) (unfortunately you can hear me singing at the start.. but it gets better I promise;).
The quilt show was also a huge success! Congratulations to Kathy Levandoski for putting on such a beautiful show. We had 13 entries all together, plus the quilts that Kathy's mom had made throughout her lifetime. Everyone's was spectacular! Many people came out to take a look, as well as make their own quilt block that we will later sew together to make one big quilt. It was such a success that we are definitely doing it again next year with the hope that many more people will enter their lovely quilts :).
If it hadn't of been the volunteers who gave their time this weekend to help, the festival would not have been the same. So a HUGE thank you to those that came out to help set up, run, and take down the site!! A special thank you to Tim Engbrecht... that man is a machine. I thought I was working hard.. I ain't seen nothin!! Tim is the volunteer coordinator for the festival/extreme machine! Go Tim!
And of course, a BIG thank you to everyone who came out for the festival this weekend to enjoy the awesome music. We had record breaking crowds, especially for camping! I kept hearing so many good things from the festival goers and we're all so happy that you all had a great time!
I have had one of the most amazing summers of my life thus far in Kelwood, and I wanted to thank everyone who is a part of the family that the Harvest Sun has created.. you know who you are :). The experiences and opportunities I've had this summer will never be forgotten. And don't you worry, I'll be back!! Can't get rid of me that easy!
Until next year...
The Quilt show