Saturday, September 20, 2014

Use it or lose it

Given the rash of thefts here of late, the OPP once again has been pushing its “Lock it or lose it” public awareness campaign to remind people to protect their property.
“Use it or lose it” is another adage district residents should take to heart; particularly in the case when it applies to supporting local festivals and events.

The inaugural “Harmony of Nations” Music Festival—set to take the stage this Friday and Saturday under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina—is offering a wide range of national and local talent, as well as interactive workshops featuring some of the artists.
It’s an ambitious undertaking, to say the least, especially given the relatively short time frame in which it’s all come together.
What’s needed now is a good turnout to make the festival a success—and help ensure it becomes a regular attraction in Fort Frances each July.
Sure, not everyone is interested in a music festival; just as the same holds true for the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship. What’s important, though, is the effort to offer quality entertainment that appeals to a variety of community tastes, as well as a way to draw visitors here.
Across the river, the future of the annual “Riverfest” there is in limbo because this year’s crowd was too small to offset the considerable financial expense to stage such an event.
Those who want to see an annual music festival here need to support “Harmony of Nations” so it doesn’t face a similar fate.

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