The 16th annual Rotary Bluegrass and Country Music Festival is set for
this Friday though Sunday at the Cape Tormentine Beach Campground. Shown
here, in a file photo, a band entertains with lively music during the
2012 festival. LEBLANC PHOTO
Sun, sand and live music will come together for a wonderful holiday weekend at the Bluegrass and Country Music Festival in Cape Tormentine this Friday through Sunday. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Port Elgin, 2014 marks the 16th year for the festival.
Rotary Club president Don Lockhart said Monday that organizers are hoping for a big turnout to the event, which is one of the major annual fundraisers for the organization.
“Funds raised from the festival supports the many programs which the Rotary Club contributes to each year as well as various initiatives in the community,” he said.
Some of these programs include the Dolly Parton Literacy initiative which is available to all children in the community from birth to five years of age; local scout and cadet movements; IWK Children’s Hospital in Halifax; Rotary International’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio and contributing relief shelters worldwide during times of natural disaster. However, the Rotary Club also assists local persons when there is a particular need in the community and focuses on youth oriented programs and events.
The Rotary Club works in conjunction with the Cape Tormentine Redevelopment Committee to hold the event at the local campground, the site of the former Marine Atlantic ferry compound.
‘It’s a really nice spot they have there and the beaches are nice. The campground operates a canteen during the weekend, which helps their organization, while the Rotary Club sponsors the music festival. Trinity United Church in Cape Tormentine also holds a breakfast from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday, which is a popular event,” Lockhart noted.
He added the club expects to draw people from all over the region as well as some visitors travelling through the area during the three-day event, which runs from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.
“We see a lot of people, particularly those who travel in the summer months with recreational vehicles and who like to follow the country/bluegrass music festival circuit around the Maritimes. And of course local and area residents also turn out for the event too,” he said.
Some of the musical talent expected to perform during the weekend include Classic Country, Noreen Allain and Blue River Bluegrass; the Uniacke Ramblers, Two Plus Three, Royal Hicks, Del Wheaton and Friends, the Terrio sisters, Meredith and Miriam Hicks and Bill Drysdale. Fund raising initiatives will also include the raffle of a guitar as well as 50/50 draws.
With 14 currently active members in the organization, Lockhart was quick to point out that they couldn’t pull of the event each year without the assistance of volunteers.
“Friends of the organization, family members and local residents come out to help during the weekend and we couldn’t do it without them. We’re always looking for volunteers and are happy to have their support,” he said.
The Rotary Country and Bluegrass Festival will be held in Cape Tormentine from Friday, July 25 to Sunday, July 27. Bring along your folding chair and sunscreen; weekend tickets or day passes to the event are available at the gate.