Friday, 4 August 2017

The 2017 Filberg Festival celebrates Arts, Crafts and Music

 by Keith and Heather Nicol 
      When we first moved to Courtenay, B.C. 2 years ago we took in the Filberg Festival and loved the combination of music and arts. And since it is a fundraiser for the lovely Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park ,it means you are contributing to a good cause at the same time. At just $15 per day or only $50 for a 4 day pass at the gate , it is one of the best deals in town. We headed down for the opening at 10:00 am on  Friday, August 4th .There were already many people buying tickets but the lines were short and the grounds seem to handle crowds easily. We decided to tour the exhibits first and then sit down and hear some music. 
Daughter Kristie admiring one of Linda Skalenda's paintings
       Be sure to see the fine landscapes paintings of featured artist Linda Skalenda. Her display is front and centre as you come through the main gates. We liked her paintings of colourful arbutus trees along the shore as well as her scenes of coastal marshes. Overall,  there are over 100 artists from across Western Canada displaying all kinds of very good crafts and artistic creations. And when you get hungry you have a choice of 18 different vendors. 
There is an amazing variety of quality crafts
    There are 2 musical stages and during the 4 days, they have over 20 groups playing a variety of music. We had time to sample just a couple of groups but really liked the energetic show put on by Lion, Bear and Fox on the Comox Rotary stage. We can’t wait to hear some more great music tomorrow (Saturday, August 5) and we are looking forward to catching Jim Byrnes on the Rotary Stage. The festival runs until Monday, August 7 so be sure to catch at least one day.  For more information on the complete festival schedule see: 
Lion, Bear and Fox put on an energetic performance

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