Solstice concert brightened Bowen
To the Editor:
All was merry and bright at the Spirit of Solstice Concert at Cates Hill late last year.
It was standing-room only for those who came out to hear local musicians perform and help support the endowment fund for a community centre.
The end-of-year concert, sponsored by the Bowen Island Arts Council, raised $1,400 to help build the fund, held in trust by the Bowen Island Community Foundation.
Many thanks are in order. Cro Lucas did a fantastic job as our MC for the evening. The musicians and other performers, all who donated their time, were superb. They included Doug Stepple, Sarah Haxby, Deer in the Headlights, Adam Morton, Pauline LeBel, Teun Schut, Bob Doucet, Susan Munro, Shari Ulrich, Elaine Taylor, Marc Gawthrop, Brian Hoover, the Bowen Island Community Choir and a surprise visit from the infamous mummers.
Doug Fleetham did a magnificent job mixing the sound while Ian Davidson was a master at casting everyone in the right light.
The goodies, prepared by those excellent chefs and bakers, Heidi Kuhrt and Maureen Sawasy, were delicious. Thanks also to Phoenix for ticket sales, the Undercurrent for helping promote the event and those who supported us through their attendance.
Not to brag, but we had an amazing team of volunteers. We are immensely grateful to Annie Dempster and her husband, Marty, Heather Hodson, Jlonka Bally-Brown, Sonia Usmiani, Bill Granger, Julia Courtenay, David Demner and Alan Whitehead for all their time and effort.
A big round of applause is in order for Doug Stepple and Susanna Braund, who came up with the idea for a celebration in the first place, and who organized and coordinated the program (in addition to appearing on stage).
And last, but never least, hats off to Tina Nielsen and Kate Coffey, two super-heroes when it comes to building community on Bowen.
Executive director, BIAC