Forest festival returns with a bang
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | August 24, 2017
Magical outdoor concerts on Bone Lake and intimate performances in a historic logging museum left audiences in awe this past weekend.
By all accounts, the five-day Forest Festival was a smash hit.
“I couldn’t be happier with how everything went,” said festival manager Lesley English.
“I’ve heard no negative feedback.”
The 10th festival opened on Aug. 16 with Buffy Sainte-Marie and Annie Sumi. About 450 people attended the show, held at the Bone Lake Amphitheatre.
Once again, Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo closed the festival with his trio. Six hundred people packed the amphitheatre for the concert this past Sunday.
The festival was on hiatus last year, but didn’t seem to have a problem picking up from where it left off. There were a few unforeseen hiccups, one of which was having to relocate the Jimmy Rankin concert from the amphitheatre to the Logging Museum due to bad weather. The artists adjusted and had no problem delivering.
“Our artists were super professional,” English said.
Both venues are on property owned by the Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve.
The lineup for the 2018 festival will be announced next spring.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.