Letters to editor: Festival is nothing to complain about

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We have gone to the Lynn River Arts & Music Festival since its beginnings. And no, it is not the Friendship Festival from the 1980s nor does anyone pretend that it is.
It’s a venue, a showcase, as I see it, for some young musicians to get exposure and for some established musicians to share their music. It’s an opportunity to go for a walk in the park on a summer’s day, drink lemonade, eat a dixie dog and share some fries and yes, listen to some music.
There was a wonderful booklet provided well in advance so that you could easily pick the day and the time of your preference. And there’s no cost for the music, so what’s to complain about?
One reason for the shortage of vendors is the vendor him/herself. Depending on what they are selling, even $225 can be too much knowing that there will not be thousands of customers passing by, but possibly only hundreds. That vendor might choose to go to another festival where the foot traffic is heavier. After all, this is not a craft show per se so they might choose Hamilton’s Festival of Friends or the Port Dover Summer Festival if they fit the criteria. Vendors have to make decisions based on their product and profit to be made. This is a personal decision. Perhaps it is even our fault, the people of Norfolk, because we just go to browse and not to buy and profits are slim.

I greatly admire Adam Veri and his team for taking on this huge project. It’s an embarrassment that Simcoe does not have the organizers to run our own festival and we have to rely on out-of-towners to plan our events.
As a busy volunteer myself, it is usually those who do no volunteering themselves and have never co-ordinated or organized an event in their lives who criticize the loudest and most harshly. They have no idea of the grunt work, the risks, the last-minute changes, the weather issues, the conflicts, the cancellations, the breakdowns, the liabilities etc. that affect this kind of event.
So, on behalf of those who enjoyed the weekend and the fruits of your labour, “Thank you for the music, Adam and company!” And if someone else takes it over next year and makes it bigger and better, then good luck to them in their endeavor.
Chris King, Simcoe

 

Many people make fundraiser a success

Another great Invasion of the Dragons event was held July 20 at Shadow Lake in Waterford.
On behalf of the Cancer Support and Resource Program and the CIBC Run for The Cure, we would like to thank our sponsors: MNH Lawyers in Simcoe and Audrey S. Hellyer Foundation for their support. We truly could not do this event without their financial help; Good Redden Klosler for supplying the beer tent; Norfolk Disposal for the bin; and all the volunteers from the community.

There is a lot of work that goes on before the event, but we need family, friends and other volunteers to bring it all together on the day.

A big thank you to the Waterford Legion, Waterford Lions and the Waterford Chamber of Commerce, who along with Norfolk County had water and hydro installed at the site this year. We truly appreciate it and hope that other organizations will take advantage of those amenities in the future.

Enjoy the rest of the summer, and keep paddling!

Gail Catherwood, Simcoe

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