It takes more than a flood to put us off our music
Camp weekend 20-22 April 2017
From the Friday night walk-ups to the gospel music in the church, it was all go, all weekend, and all fun!
Friday night’s walk-up concert produced a new crop of performers and friends for JJ and brought some old ones home. Another concert performance on Saturday night sealed it! They will be back!
Graham Leak’s drumming workshop had a hall full of us all doing things we would never have imagined. With a bit of luck, and practice, it will improve our playing (don’t forget to count!) He taught us about conducting and that was interesting and, hopefully, useful as well. It culminated with a performance to start the Saturday night concert. When most of the audience left their seats to take up their drums and percussion instruments, it caused some amusement amongst the now-small audience, but we came back after our performance to enjoy the rest of the concert.
The park was absolutely full of campers, a few of them being free campers. It started raining on Thursday night and stopped for a short while on Friday afternoon, although it started again (close by, in Kyvalley, it totalled 62mm) and caused minor flooding in the park. Some of the people in tents preferred to sleep in their car rather than risk the sodden ground. Other than that, it wasn’t cold and we had a great time and can’t wait for the next one!
Sunday morning and fifteen players led rousing gospel singing for a full church. They asked newcomers to sign their visitors’ book to prove they had had so many people there. A lovely morning tea followed, with as much noise from the chatting as there had been from the singing in the church.
Many thanks to the committee for the organisation of the weekend. A couple of German backpackers who came to the concert and gospel were a bit bemused, but thoroughly entertained, as we all were!
2017 Moosic Muster round up
With over 30 workshops, wonderful concerts with top artists and sellout crowds attending, this year’s Muster was a super success. Muster co-coordinator, Jan Smith, was seen around the park all weekend with a smile a mile wide. Everything went so well. Years of fine tuning the organisational side of things and the variety and excellent quality workshops paid off handsomely. Workshop co-coordinator, Di Burgmann, was also over the moon ….1350 happy work shoppers including kids attended the huge variety of workshops and there were 154 camp sites, filled with folk not deterred by the slightly over-warm weather, which just meant glorious evenings for the concerts anyway. Over the years we’ve learned to leave the weather gods in peace and accept what comes in that regard.
We must not forget to mention the volunteers who made the weekend possible. Those who kept the toilets clean and the grounds tidy; the office admin staff who were always patient and helpful; the CFA who did the Friday night catering; the RSL and the local Gourmet Gals, and Bernie Ryan, all volunteers, who provided scones, sandwiches and tea and coffee and the Saturday evening meal. All deserve a huge round of applause for a job well done.
The next one will be 27 May 2017