Winnipeg 2004 – Countdown: 2 days

Two more days to the Winnipeg Folk Festival.
On June 21, I spent a couple of hours being oriented and instructed in the duties of the Site Security volunteer crew. On June 30 I went to the T-shirt meeting to get my volunteer’s pass, T-shirt and Festival program.
The weather has been reasonable. There has been a little more rain over the last few weeks but nothing to adversely affect site conditions. The forecast for the next couple of days and the weekend is reasonably good. Friday and Saturday are forecast as sunny with temperatures in the mid-twenties (C) which is good. It will be warm enough but not deadly hot, although the steady sunshine will still require people to take care to avoid sunburn and overheating.
There is a forecast of clouds with a chance of rain on Thursday. Rain on opening night has been known to turn the main stage area into a bog that endures for the whole weekend. If the festival site is spared and the rest of the forecast comes to pass, the conditions should be very good.
There have been a few changes to the site. It would seem from the map that there is a large new shelter or tent in the area previously used as Stage 2, and that this area has become the children’s tent by day, now named the Chickadee Big Top. This area doubles as nighttime cabaret called the Firefly Palace, which is a new idea. The stage near the First Aid tent, which was the Children’s stage last year, has reverted to being a regular performance stage.
Most of the stages, formerly known as Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4 and the Children’s stage or Family area, have been renamed Bur Oak, Big Bluestem, Snowberry Field, Green Ash and Chickadee Big Top.
Since I call my Web site and this blog “A Sea of Flowers” I should applaud naming a stage “Big Bluestem” for one of the grasses of the tall grass prairie, but a couple of the names are just too cute for my taste.


One response to “Winnipeg 2004 – Countdown: 2 days”

  1. Good luck with the festival, I hope the weather holds out and you and Claire have a great time. I’ll see you next week. – Randy