As many of you will already know our good friend Ray Barker passed away last october. Those of you who knew Ray will agree that he would have wanted us to carry on as usual with the festival, so here we go.
Last Easter seemed to go okay despite my usual panic attacks !! A communication breakdown meant that no Dance sides actually got invited...whoops! I have already invited a number of dance sides, so the always popular Dance Displays will be back.
The weekend kicks off on Friday lunchtime with a
Welcome Session, a chance to renew friendships and get yourself in the mood for the Evening Sessions and Folk Club
Saturday's events include
(All materials supplied for both these activities)
Old Time Music Hall
With your Master of Ceremonies - Professor Rodger Evans
Afternoon Celebrity Folk Concert
And in the Evening
Grand Easter Saturday Ceilidh
with a welcome return from
As well as workshops and sessions and new this year
Mill Cottage Folk Concert Club
A subtle cross between the formality of a concert and the noise of a club session. Designed to allow a longer spot for our ever increasing guest list
And be prepared to stay up for Stories through Midnight
Easter Sunday itself should be really special starting with a
Traditional Easter Family Breakfast
Followed by the
Grand Easter Procession
All dance sides welcome, in costume please, and any children in fancy dress may even get a special prize.
Then Back to The Mill for
~ Pace-Egging Ceremony ~
~ Dance Displays ~ Pub Sessions ~
~ Concerts ~
~ Easter games~ etc. ~
Storytelling will again play its important part in the weekend . We have our regular storytellers, thereby hangs a tale or two , I'll be bound ! Be prepared to stay up late Friday and Saturday evenings for the Tales through Midnight Specials.
We will have exclusive use of the whole of the Miskin Mill Scout Village. The Mill Kitchen will be in full swing courtesy of John Loughlin with BFUS Catering. He will be providing for all meals from Breakfast through to supper. An extensive menu will be available with meals to suit all tastes, all at reasonable prices.
In the same building will be "Nellie Dean's Bar", providing the usual range of real ales and other drinks. The main room of the Mill ( right next to the bar ) with its log fire and carved oak beams, will be the perfect setting for music sessions, in time honoured Miskin Style.
The Cottage will be the venue for the evening Folk Clubs, Stories. If you have been to the mill before you will remember the superb acoustics, a real joy to sing there.
The Pace Egging and other Easter games have estabished themselves a regular spot as you can see from the pictures these events were as popular with the adults as the children.
What with all the old favorites and some rather special Craft Workshops, another great Easter is promised. Have a look around this years pages and also have a look at previous years to absorb some Miskin Magic - see you there !