With the second Fort Frances Folk Festival fast approaching, a final coffeehouse fundraiser for the event is slated for this Thursday (July 29) at the Little Beaver Cultural Centre here.
“Hopefully we’ll get people out to show some support,” said festival organizer Jennifer Krag, encouraging people to come out for the evening of music.
The doors, along with the restaurant and bar, will open at 6 p.m.
The evening will start with an open mic session. The Mud Lake City Boys then are slated to take to the stage at 8 p.m., play for an hour or so, followed by another open mic session.
Tickets are available for $5 at door, and there will be a 50/50 draw, door prize raffle, and folk festival T-shirts for sale.
This will be the final coffeehouse fundraiser before the folk festival, which is scheduled to take place Sunday, Aug. 22 at Little Beaver.
Krag said fundraising for the festival has gone “pretty good” so far, with such things as a garage sale a couple of weeks ago and earlier coffeehouses.
And while organizers have a rough budget for where the funds will be going this year, Krag added they also would like to be paying the musicians more than last year.
“We’d also like to have more money to carry forward for next year,” she remarked.
“As far as the coffeehouses, a big part of it, too, is raising awareness about the folk festival,” Krag said.
“People that come out are going to know that the folk festival is happening, and hopefully attend and spread the word.
“That’s a big part of it, spreading the word around about the festival itself,” she stressed.
This year’s headline act will be Sean Ashby, best known for his guitar playing and work with artists such as Sarah McLachlan who is now pursuing a solo career.
Organizers also are still looking for volunteers to help out.
Those interested can contact Krag at 274-9320 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org