EDITORIAL: Filberg Festival rumours misguided

Rumours are a strange beast.

They almost always begin with some truth, but they often morph into a distorted version of it.

Rumours are a strange beast.

They almost always begin with some truth, but they often morph into a distorted version of it.

Fact: Bobbie Blue’s contract as Filberg Festival entertainment director is not being renewed.

Fact: Blue did an excellent job of mining her large network of Canadian musicians. This year’s lineup was particularly outstanding.

Fact: The Filberg board of directors was forced to cut expenses after discovering renovations and repairs to buildings at the historic Comox park would cost far more than expected.

Myth: There will be no music at the 2014 Filberg Festival.

Fact: Filberg officials stress there will be music next year.

The board understands music is a vital component of the festival, so we can expect it to continue to be a strong part of the festival’s allure. Expect another enjoyable Filberg Festival next year.

In the meantime, the board is busy fundraising and planning to ensure the park will remain a Comox Valley treasure open to all.

Work continues on the lodge, which needs expensive restoration work.

Raising $20,000 with a sold-out raffle at this year’s festival, combined with $5,000 from the Comox Valley Community Foundation, will lead to a new roof on the mainstage.

With help, of course, from the 19 Wing construction and engineering corps — contributed by Col. Jim Benninger, the wing commander.

Filberg, which receives no government funds (although the Town of Comox contributes landscaping), is in constant fundraising mode to maintain the park and grounds for public enjoyment.

The Summer Series of music concerts helps, but the Filberg Festival is the largest single fundraiser annually.

Even if you don’t appreciate the excellent music, your admission fee is a much-appreciated donation.

Myth: Filberg Park is financially comfortable, and the board needs no more volunteers or funds.

Fact: Filberg Park needs the support of many people to remain open for many people.

editor@comoxvalleyrecord.com

 

Just Posted

Courtenay candidates have their say

The 16 people running for Courtenay council gathered Tuesday evening at an… Continue reading

Comox Valley Regional District candidates address agricultural issues

Mid-Island Farmers’ Institute hosts all-candidates meeting

Puff, puff, pass: Cannabis is officially legal across Canada

B.C. has only one bricks-and-mortar marijuana store

10 things still illegal in the new age of recreational cannabis

Pot is legal – but there are still a lot of rules, and breaking some could leave you in jail

Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa wins prestigious award

The annual Tourism Vancouver Island Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony was held… Continue reading

VIDEO: How to roll a joint

The cannabis connoisseur shares his secrets to rolling the perfect joint

Canada ban on asbestos takes effect but mining residues are exempt

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna plans to announce the new regulations implementing the ban on Thursday in Ottawa

1,000 needles pulled from Cowichan River

Duncan area cleanup project nets three huge truckloads of garbage

Harry and Meghan bring rain to drought-stricken Outback town

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on day two of their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific.

Demand for legalized cannabis in early hours draws lineups, heavy web traffic

Government-run and privately operated sales portals went live at 12:01 a.m. local time across Canada, eliciting a wave of demand.

Killer-rapist Paul Bernardo set to make parole pitch today

Paul Bernardo, whose very name became synonymous with sadistic sexual perversion, is expected to plead for release on Wednesday.

Hero campaign raises $1.1 million for Canada non-profits

Lowe’s Canada Heroes campaign was held throughout September

Scope of Hurricane Michael’s fury becomes clearer in Florida Panhandle

Nearly 137,000 Florida customers remain without power from the Gulf of Mexico to the Georgia border

Streamlined pardon process for pot possession convictions in Canada

Feds say legalization is first step towards objectives of getting pot out of the hands of kids and eliminating black market

Most Read