by Susan Mumma, photos taken by Darlene Crawford
I would like to personally thank all those who did such a great job on the Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival. It was a great success, well attended and beautiful to listen to.
I think the spirit of the festival was best seen at the beginning and the end of the festival. Each night the music was ushered in by Aliah Wheeler and Brian Slover on their Native American Flutes. The notes, so artfully made, soared around the room transforming it. The evening performances were equally special. Our local group Billy Goat rounded out the Friday night performance with great harmonies. Saturday night a rousing all-performer ending chorus of “Summertime” was returned by an equally enthusiastic return chorus by the audience, which many of the performers said, sent chills up their spines.
Highlights of the festival for me included the sunny days making outdoor jamming fun, the high quality workshops that were so well attended this year, and the shows themselves. Funny, dramatic, beautiful, each of the acts were a special treat. The headliners, Dan Crary and Thunderation and James Lee Stanley and Cliff Eberhardt were icing on the cake!
Many thanks to all of the performers, volunteers, sponsors and the Seldovia and Homer businesses and private families that came to aide, providing housing, transportation, food and more for this event. Each of your efforts is greatly appreciated and needed.
Here are some thank yous that we at the Seldovia Arts Council received and appreciated.
Thank You Susan Mumma and The Seldovia Arts Council, and thank you to all the wonderful musicians and friends who came. Your music is a gift for us. We watched your fingers fly across the strings, we listened to your cotton candy voices, we danced to your souls, and we were happy. Thanks for an experience of immeasurable value. We love you all. Rose, Sam, Zack.
Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival is a class act! Great musicians. Warm Seldovia hospitality. The snowy mountains, the clean fresh breeze. A spiritual presence. Meticulous sound crew. The last moment of music when the audience roared out Summertime gave us musicians on the stage a rare thrill. Love hugs and gratitude to all who made this magic event happen. Lindianne Sarno
Such a grand time was had by all.