There will be more details and updates as we get closer to the startup date which is now expected to be Friday, February 17, 2023 7:30 – 10:00 pm.
We know that some people are interested in returning to perform and some people are interested in returning to listen and see the rest of the gang. We also have some volunteers who are willing to return to organize and produce the Open Stage events.
Right now it looks like we won’t be changing much from the way we did things in 2019 except that we won’t plan to have a featured act until we have tried the Open Stage out for the first season. We are concerned that, like every other event or service in the community, we will lose volunteers with little or no advance notice because of health issues. The people that are essential and hardest to recruit are those with ability to organize, move equipment to and from the Community Center and actually set-up and produce the event. If that sort of thing sounds good to you please contact us and we can discuss how that can happen.
A few things that we are expecting are:
- Anything can change between now and February 17, 2023;
- We will set up tables and chairs, stage with sound and lights and coffee bar just like before;
- Masks will not be mandatory, but encouraged;
- Performers will use removable pop filters (windscreens) which they will obtain, install, remove and keep for the next time. We intend to make a bulk purchase which we will make available. More details will be provided;
- Anyone arriving at the Community Centre who has been recently exposed to or has symptoms of COVID, Flu, RSV or other contagious illness is directed to stay away; and
- It will be very satisfying to welcome many of our experienced and first-time performers and audience members.
We will also update our Facebook group and email list.
Outside the Box is a folk music trio that is gonna dazzle our next Black Walnut evening on February 21, 2020 with a feature set to start the program at 7:30 pm. It might be a good idea to get there early especially if you wish to sign up for the open stage. We should have enough time for 10 or more open stage performers. Doors open at 7:15 pm.
Bring your guitars, accordions, voices, acoustic instruments of all sorts or just your eyes and ears and make yourself feel at home. Do not feel shy because you have not played for us before.
The doors will open and sign-up for the open stage will start at 7:15 pm. Remember when you sign up you get to play/sing two songs in a set of 10 minutes or less and you need to be ready to start playing when your turn starts so you won’t lose any of your 10 minutes.
The entrance and free parking are at the back of the Mill-Courtland Community Centre and admission is still $3 at the door. the facility is wheelchair accessible, alcohol, smoke and peanut free and every show is different. If you don’t come, you’ll miss it. The next open stage will be March 20th.
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What happened at the Open Stage January 17th:
Friday, January 17, 2020 Black Walnut started off with technical difficulties with our star sound guys both unavailable to set up our new system that nobody else knows how to use. We did come up with a simple system that we got ready just about on time for 7:30 pm start and mostly did a good job with the sound. We had a fine turnout of performers and listeners in spite of the storm warnings. On January 17th the Open Stage performers were:
1. Patrick LeBlanc
2. Bob & Sue Cutler
3. Randy Ouillette
4. Ray Frumalorra – NEW
5. Neil Light
6. David Maranta
7. Jakki Annerino
8. Richard Reinhardt
9. Ron Hammar
10. Jack Cooper
11. Cam & Pat
12. Wayne Cheater