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.