Our festival has been gifted with a number of wonderful photographers and videographers. One such is Bob Kennemer. Over the next few months, we will be posting photos and videos on a special page. Check them out and see our festival through their eyes!
Now that the dust has settled on the dance floor and the music has faded to a lovely memory, it’s time to plan for the next festival. We have lots of ideas on how to improve our festival. Check back with us to see what we’ve got planned.
Do you have favorite artists or bands you’d like to see? Comment and let us know.
Sunday is a bittersweet day. The festival is winding down. The last classes and concert is within sight and soon to be over. For those that run the festival, it is a time for one last event. This year was no different.
Sunday’s Stramash concert was wonderful. Just as A Taste of Things to Come started out with tantalizing snippets of Celtic music, this concert was there to remind us of all the wonderful music we had heard over the last few days. Ed Miller hosted the Stramash. It was wonderful. Held at the 4H building in La Veta, it was packed with people yearning to hear one last note, sing one more song and to say goodbye to new friends until next year.
Here are a few more pictures. First off, a final dance class by Maggie and Cassie MacDonald. Then the Stramash.
Mixing the Celts was a treat. Cassie and Maggie MacDonald started out the evening with a ‘hurricane’ of sound. Adam Agee, Jerry O’Sullivan and Mairtian de Cogain filled the theatre with the musical magic of the Celtic Nations.
Then, after a lovely supper, the second concert got underway. Daimh, (pronounced Dive, and meaning kinship) brought a new perspective to Celtic Music. The theatre crowd was rocked by the sounds of pipes, fiddle, guitar and accordion.
Best yet, an unofficial tradition provided the perfect end to the concert.
The Washington School theatre and the Fox Theatre have both housed El Fandango, our folklorico dance group. The dressing room for the dance group has always served as the “Green Room” for concert musicians. In 2009, the band Giveway found the hats and wore them up on stage.
Ever since then, musicians for the Saturday concerts have donned the sombrero’s for the finale. Daimh and the Mixing the Celts group did as well.
Last night was fantastic. While many were uncertain of just how well the Washington School theatre would compare to the Fox Theatre, all doubts were put to rest by Carlos Nunez’s performance last night.
The audience started out slow, but as the beautiful sounds of the band filled the theatre, they grew more and more enthusiastic. Soon feet were tapping, hands clapping and in odd corners, people began to dance.
At the second half of the performance, Carlos and the band brought people up on stage, and danced through the theatre. It was beautiful. Even Barbara and Jack Yule were dancing! When the performance finally ended, it was to tumultuous applause.
Yesterday was the Uptop picnic and Taste of Things to Come. They were grand! Here are two snippets of fun!
Our evening concert venue, Washington School theater is easy to find. In Walsenburg, follow Main Street to 5th Street. At the stoplight, turn East and Washington School is on the second block.
Parking is available on the Washington School playground and at Heritage park, one block to the northwest of the school.
If you are attending the concerts on Saturday, and like the menu posted in the previous post, please make your reservations by 10am on Friday September 25th.
Dinner will be held on Saturday Night between 6:30-7:45 pm at the Washington School in Walsenburg. (201 E. 5th st.) It’s $12.00 for a delicious meal, and is a great way to avoid the restaurant hunt and parking hassles.
This year we are trying something new. Between the concerts, the festival will be serving a Farm to Table dinner. The cost is $12 and must be ordered in advance.
- Lasagna with local grass fed beef and garden vegetables
- Local lamb Greek casserole (Gluten free)
- Butternut squash and sage lasagna (Vegetarian)
- Baby Greens Salad (Dairy Free)
- Roasted beet and carrot salad
- Seasonal Quinoa
- Toasted garlic bread
- Mini carrot cakes
- flourless chocolate cake (Gluten Free)
- apple streusel pie
- Black iced tea
- Herbal iced tea
- lemon water
Please check all your Workshops in the Festival Program for correct Venues. Some have changed from the Web site and original ticket/receipts. The Program has the updated Venues except for a change in the location of the Guitar-Advanced Technique to be held Sat. at11:30am which has been changed to the La Veta Community Center – 133 E. Ryus Street.
If you have questions, call the office at 719-742-5410.