Storied tradition

The achievements of our young athletes regularly make headlines—and rightly so. Last month, for instance, the Muskie boys’ hockey and curling teams competed at the all-Ontarios while three bowling teams and two singles vied for provincial glory in the YBC’s “Four Steps to Stardom” roll-offs.
And just this past weekend, Donovan Taylor earned an incredible 11 gold medals at a major swim meet in Guelph.
But while often overshadowed, the efforts and accomplishments of district residents involved in the arts are no less important. And fortunately, they also have a chance to shine in the spotlight each year thanks to the Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts, which gets underway here Monday.
Again this year, young and old alike will showcase their talents before adjudicators in Vocal (April 9-11). Drama-French (April 10), Drama-English (April 12-13), Piano (April 16-19), and Instrumental (April 19-20). It all culminates, of course, with the annual festival highlights concert May 5, where the best of the best perform and the prestigious Rose Bowls are awarded.
For them, tickling the ivories, singing a song, or reciting their favourite poem is no less exciting—or nerve-racking—than scoring an overtime goal or nailing a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer. In their case, awards and scholarships could very well be on the line.
And who knows? Perhaps a career as a professional singer, musician, or actor is in the cards.
Good luck to all who will take the stage over the next two weeks. And a pat on the back to the organizers and volunteers who work for months behind the scenes to ensure “Festival” remains such a storied tradition here in Rainy River District.