Kiwanis Club of Grand Falls-Windsor prepare for annual festival
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The Central Newfoundland Kiwanis Music Festival committee has been working hard since fall 2011 preparing for the 47th annual event, which takes place March 25-31. Members include, from left, Cyril Farrell, Artie Daye, Maxine Stanley, Gary Brinston, Mary Keats, Mary Poole, John Trend and John Edwards. Missing from photo are Elmo Hewlett, Lana Cole, Mike McKee, Jeff Cole, Andre Beson, Lou Alteen and Brad Maloney.
The second largest music festival in the province happens this month in Grand Falls-Windsor.
The 47th annual Central Newfoundland Kiwanis Music Festival runs from March 25-31.
"Our motto, is serving the children of the world, and the music festival primarily targets the children and youth of the community," said Gary Brinston, chair of the
music festival committee. "That is what Kiwanis International, and by in turn, the Kiwanis Club of Grand Falls-Windsor, is all about. So it's a big chance for us to give something to the children and youth."
Brinston said there are approximately 1,140 entries in this year's festival - that includes individual or group entries.
"That will probably entail some upwards of 5,000 participants," Brinston said.
And the entries come from all over central Newfoundland, from Lewisporte in the east, down the south coast, Conne River and right to Springdale in the west.
In the past, there have been participants from as far west as Baie Verte, he said.
"We're the second largest music festival in the province, the largest one is in St. John's," Brintson said. "We effectively squeeze what could easily be a two-week festival into one week. It's a very busy week for everybody, for the participants, the adjudicators, and or course for the Kiwanians and volunteers."
There are seven genres that will be involved throughout the week.
"We have both solo and choral speech, senior voice, junior voice, senior piano, junior piano, music theatre and instrumental," Brinston said, and seven adjudicators for the different genres.
"Our adjudicators are coming from all over North America."
Two are from the United States, one is from Ontario, one from Nova Scotia, and three from Newfoundland and Labrador - one from Grand Falls-Windsor, he said.
Sunday, March 25, will be the first day of actual participation in the music festival, Brinston said.
The official opening of the festival will be the opening dinner on March 25 at the Mount Peyton.
"Then it will run from Sunday until Friday afternoon when we have the Rose Bowl," he said. "Then there are the grand concerts, which will be on Friday evening and Saturday evening."
In order to qualify for the Rose Bowl competition, a senior competitor must have performed in a concert group class.
Adjudicators will select one junior, one senior and a maximum of two groups in each of the vocal, piano woodwind, brass and strings, choral and instrumental groups as finalists for the Rose Bowl.
"We've taken Tuesday night to lessen the load during the day to do some of the classes that normally would occur during the day," Brinston said.
During these classes, adjudicators give each participant, or group or participants, advice as to how they can improve on what they do.
"So for those who are in the competitive categories, the adjudicators will give you a mark," Brintson said. "And also give you some indication on what you can do to improve, emphasizing the positive, or course."
On Wednesday, there will be a family night, and the whole festival wraps up with the official closing on Saturday evening at the Highlight of the Festival concert. The awards ceremony occurs then as well.
There are a number of major awards, and awards in the vocal section, piano section, instrumental section and speech section.
The Roll of Honour induction ceremony will also take place, and people will be honoured in the founder/builder, music, and administration and support categories. Roll of Honour is designed to pay tribute to citizens and organizations that have made a significant and prolonged contribution to the Central Newfoundland Kiwanis Music Festival.
There is a new award added this year as well, the Raymond S. Pretty Award, awarded to the most promising brass player (17 and under).
There are several venues utilized throughout the week, including various local churches, the Royal Canadian Legion and the Gordon Pinsent Centre for the Arts.
Brinston said there is a fee structure, as people pay to get into some of the sessions.
"This year, for example, the concerts tickets went on sale last Wednesday at the Gordon Pinsent Centre. They are $15 per concert," he said. "Throughout the week, there is a weekly pass for $12, which can allow you to attend any of the daily sessions, including the Rose Bowl. The Rose Bowl session, if for instance that is the only one you are going to attend, is a $5 fee. The venue session pass...(is) a $2 fee."
The event has numerous sponsors. The festival's official patron is the Advertiser/TC Media. Honorary patrons include The Town of Grand Falls-Windsor, Nalcor, the Mount Peyton and Riff's Ltd.
"Then there are a lot of people that through advertising in (the booklet) support us in a way," Brinston said. "Then you have volunteers. It takes quite a number of people to make this happen and make sure there are a minimum number of incidents and everybody has a positive experience.
There are approximately 50 Kiwanians in the club, and the majority of them will be involved in some way throughout the week.
Then there is a dedicated committee that began the process in the fall, with monthly meetings, then bi-weekly meetings, and are currently meeting once a week, Brinston said.
"There is a group of probably 10 or 12 Kiwanians that are the primary organizers of the music festival, supported, or course, by the rest of the Kiwanians, and the community at large."