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Port Colborne, Ontario
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- Posted 2021-11-04 14:32:38

Welcome November

It seems as though summer was just a few weeks ago and yet, here we are in November! I hate to say it but I guess Christmas is right around the corner!!

Our regular monthly Board meeting was held this past Monday and we all seemed to have one thought in mind as we move forward and prepare for our 2022 Festival. During these uncertain times, it is important to move cautiously and plan an event that will be safe for everyone involved. This means keeping it small…solos only…in a venue that works well for our students, teachers, parents & volunteers.  We have secured the Portal Village Bible Chapel which we feel will work well. There is still a lot of planning to do, keeping Covid protocols at the forefront of our decision making.

A smaller Festival is reminiscent of our very first Festival in 1988. After being approached by the Port Colborne Operatic Society, spearheaded by Bette Kalailieff*, and after almost 2 years in the planning stages, we launched a 2-day event consisting of piano and vocal classes. Our Chair, Darlene Tuck, hosted a “meet & greet” the evening before so that the Board members could welcome our first adjudicator, Janet Fothergill. We were all giddy with excitement but at the same time, nervous that everything would run smoothly. We were so fortunate to have Janet that first year as she gave us excellent guidance and advice. At the end of the Festival, she told us to expand but to do it slowly. And so, over the last 35 years, we did just that, adding choirs, choral speaking, individual verse speaking, solo instruments, bands and dance. Hopefully, we will grow again as the world begins to return to “normal”.

*Read Remembering Bette Kalailieff in our NOTE ARCHIVES.

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