Summer is finally here, and the outdoor concerts and festivals have begun.
Even our weather can’t dampen the spirits of the dedicated fan and the Dauphin Countryfest is proof. It takes a resolute music lover to enjoy the show while their belongings blow away and their tent is under water.
If you’re in the mood for live music, there are many venues and styles to choose from in the summer months: Birds Hill Park just played playing host to the 41st Winnipeg Folk Festival; you can enjoy jazz in the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden in Assiniboine Park and on the roof of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; music, ballet and movies are on tap at the Assiniboine Park’s Lyric Theatre; and there’s no shortage of live outdoor music downtown.
I experienced a flashback to the ’70s and ’80s a few weekends back when my daughter and I attended the Queen/Adam Lambert and Heart concerts. We enjoyed a marvelous tribute to Freddie Mercury, and Adam Lambert was as brilliant as I had anticipated. The icing on the cake came when we were offered an upgrade from our nosebleed Groupon seats, just in time to sing
We Are the Champions with thousands of fans. Then we saw the Wilson sisters of Heart fame. After I finished singing along with the oldies, my daughter realized she recognized their more recent hits. Music can really bond the generations. Whatever your taste, I hope you find some tunes to rock your soul this summer.
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Anyone who regularly follows my adventures may recall my trip to Hecla Resort last year. That two-day visit was enough to whet my appetite but left me wanting. I vowed to return, and this time the whole family came along —from Jamaica, British Columbia and Winnipeg. The town of Hecla, the marina at Gull Harbour, the resort’s mineral pools and spa, the gorgeous golf course — all are simply wonderful and we even got a quick lesson in fish filleting.
I think we did it all! And, yes, I did celebrate with a giant margarita, as I promised myself almost a year ago.
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I want to send a big bouquet to the staff at the HSC and Grace hospitals. Everyone, from the volunteers to the docs made my father’s spinal surgery and recovery a positive experience.
They answered our many, many questions, and treated dad and the family with respect.
Bless you and thank you all.
Wanda Prychitko is a community correspondent for St. James-Assiniboia. Contact email@example.com