The Bone Lake Amphitheatre will not be providing seating for this year’s Forest Festival.

Festival manager Lesley English says that after 20 years of weather and wear, the amphitheatre is in need of significant renovating and refreshing.

“In order to make thoughtful, well-planned and executed changes, the tough decision was made to close this wonderful venue for the 2019 season,” English said.

However, she added the good news is they are focusing their full attention on the recently-upgraded Logging Museum “to make it even warmer and more magical than it already is” in time for this year’s festival.

Another big change, according to English, is they will be switching things up this season by offering their first-ever, licensed dance party events on Friday, Aug. 16 and Saturday, Aug. 17.

English said they’ve booked two of Canada’s best party bands. They will then be closing the season with something a little different, with CBC broadcaster Tom Allen bringing one of his extraordinary ‘Chamber Musicals’ to the Logging Museum stage.

Also new in 2019 are weekend ticket packages with details to be announced on the Forest’s Facebook page. Tickets went on sale this past Tuesday, April 16.

Despite all the changes, English said one thing has remained constant.

“We are dishing up a program we are really proud of. Featuring iconic Canadian performers, remarkable young artists, matinee performances by award-winning musicians and more genres than you can shake a stick at, 2019 truly offers something for everyone.”

Tickets are available online through the website theforestfestival.com or by calling the Haliburton Forest at 1-800-631-2198.

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