Another Tales, Trails and Tunes festival has wrapped up in Norris Point. Another great time was had by the lions shares of those attending. This is nothing new, but just because the festival is now in its eighth year it doesn’t mean it deserves any less credit.
“Success” is a word journalists try to avoid. The very subjectivity of its meaning leaves readers with, not only a question of who deemed something successful, but also what is a true gauge on what warranted the title. There are few, however, who believe the Tales, Trails and Tunes legacy is anything but.
The festival, even from the early beginnings, was built around the foundation of the community itself, not only from the volunteer base that ensured it came to fruition, but also from the local talent that participated. The festival has never turned up a nose to the people in the community and, as a result, the community rallied behind it with open arms.
That pride in this annual May celebration spreads to all those was participate, and transforms into a blanket of hospitality to patrons throughout the two weeks of the festival.
Cost of attendance is another plus working in the favour of the Tales, Trails and Tunes makeup. Families can attend for fees that are not too prohibitive and the after-dark celebrations maintain a destination for the frugal as well.
Tied nicely together by the community radio station (VOBB), the festival also offers the right mix of events for every demographic and interest. It’s a great kickoff to the tourism season and a wonderful time for the regulars it attracts every year. Some might even say it’s a true “success story,” and few will disagree.