The Little Bay Islands Heritage Society hosted its Fifth Annual NL Traditional Songwriters Festival between August 9 and 11. Over 500 people attended the event and enjoyed traditional music and talent performed by many great bands including The Punters who were the headliners for the Saturday night Gala. Trevor Grimes was the main act for Friday night and other performers included Lorne Warr of the Streels & Chris Mitchell.
The festival also hosted many local entertainers who performed during the local entertainment on Saturday afternoon and at the Gospel Concert on Sunday morning where Lorne Rowsell of Tarahan was the headliner. Folks were also entertained by Sue Folkes and Trevor Grimes who also sang original songs about the island which they had composed.
During the local entertainment attendees received a special visit from "RENE" (aka Cavell Wiseman) who shared many insights with the crowd regarding life as a senior and how she is enjoying her "wrinkle money".
The festival opened on Friday night with a wine and cheese and cutting of the Festival Cake by Festival Coordinator Chantelle Weir and MHA Kevin Pollard. Also on hand at the opening ceremony was LBI native, Keith Wiseman, who sang the Festival theme song, which he wrote entitled "A Little Piece of Heaven".
The festival had something for everyone. On Saturday for the kids there was face painting with Kimberly MacLeod-Moyles of Kadoodle Entertainment, a balloon animals making workshop with Sir Pop-A lot (Dike Oxford), a kid's music workshop with Lorne Warr and kids bingo with Bingo Bob.
During the weekend people were treated to a wide variety of food items. Chantelle Weir, the Festival Coordinator stated, "The food services provided by The United Church Men, the Salvation Army Home League, The Firettes, Joyce & Ed Chaytor and Friends were invaluable to the success of the festival"
Many people also enjoyed the wares at the Festival Craft Sale where a wide selection of sewing, knitted goods, jewellery, homemade soaps and lip balms, hockey cards and sports memorabilia and LBI souvenirs were available. In addition you could enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and some sweets during the Afternoon Tea.
The Vice- Chair of the Heritage Society, Doris Tucker stated, "It was a pleasure for the Heritage society to sponsor the Fifth Annual NL Traditional Songwriters Festival. We want to thank the many volunteers who gave their all to add to the success of the weekend. Without their support and dedication the Festival could not have happened. We also want to acknowledge the support provided through the grants under government funding and the many businesses who also gave their support."