EDITORIAL: Good things happening at historic site in Comox

The 2012 summer season at Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park will be just like many previous ones — yet different.

The 2012 summer season at Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park will be just like many previous ones — yet different.A new energized board headed by chair Mo MacKendrick has added partners, changed formats and begun renewing the picturesque yet aging lodge.At the same time, the board is wise to keep things that are working fine.Artist Joe Smith was back on the weekend for an exhibit to open Filberg’s 30th anniversary as a public treasure. His beautiful scenes of nature are a good fit at Filberg.Kids Day in the Park returns June 24, this year headlined by Rick Scott and his trademark dulcimer.The Filberg Festival, which raises money for year-round upkeep, returns on the BC Day weekend with the usual winning combination of more than 120 skillful artisans, talented musicians and the unbeatable Filberg setting.Some things are different — in the case of repairs to the lodge, an obvious improvement. The new cedar-shingled roof and refurbished front porch are a sign of things to come as the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park Society continues to raise funds for necessary repairs.Sunday Sounds has been replaced by a promising Summer Concert Series. Sweet Lowdown, Wil, Oliver Swain’s Big Machine, Mae Moore and Impossible Bird will fill the park with music on five Thursday evenings.Guests at a Friday soirée were treated to a variety of mouth-watering delicacies that are all on the menu at the Filberg Tea House. A new partnership with the Courtenay VQA Store guarantees quality wine to augment a Filberg visit.The gift shop continues as another attraction for visitors, and Filberg Bucks help you to shop. As a fundraiser, the gift shop has been joined by a summer raffle with cool prizes.If you’ve never been to this special place, you can do so for free most of the year. You’ll understand why people donate to keep it going.For details, visit filberg.com and filbergfestival.com.editor@comoxvalleyrecord.com