By Michelle Fortier
(KINGSVILLE, ON) – Canada’s favourite coffee chain has put their support behind the 2nd annual Kingsville Folk Music Festival. Essex County-area Tim Horton’s will be on site over the weekend, with 100% of coffee sales going towards the Music and Arts for Youth fund (MAY FUNd).
Add to that, Anna’s Flowers of Kingsville, is giving a certificate with savings on purchases as well as 20% of the sale donated back to the MAY FUNd. The certificate from Anna’s Flower’s is part of the goodie bag, which the first 2,000 families through festival gates will receive.
“With the added support of Tim Horton’s and Anna’s Flowers this year, we are looking to expand the MAY FUNd by putting together an application package and working with regional arts groups and individuals to connect eligible and deserving youth,” said festival producer Michele Law.
The MAY FUNd was established in 2013 by the non-profit Sun Parlor Folk Music Society. A portion of the proceeds from the annual festival and concert series is allocated to assist financially disadvantaged children, enabling them to access the arts through volunteer opportunities, mentoring, lessons, workshops, the annual scholarship, and more. The MAY FUNd Scholarship was established in 2014 from a portion of the proceeds from the Folk Festival and the annual concert series for area high school students, to assist in their collegiate or university studies, enabling growth and creativity in the Performing Arts: music, dance, theatre, and film.
The Kingsville Folk Music Festival, a project of The Sun Parlour Folk Music Society, an Ontario not for profit, is announcing the winners of the MAY FUNd Scholarship.
“Two candidates stood out,” said Law. “They each displayed exemplary skills and dedication to the development of the Arts. Our Board of Directors voted unanimously to offer this Scholarship to both deserving applicants, Shae Anderson and Nicholas Abbruzzese from Harrow and Kingsville respectively.”
The scholarship funds will be officially presented to the students at the Kingsville Folk Music Festival on Saturday, August 8 at 6:00 pm at Lakeside Park in Kingsville.
The annual Kingsville Folk Music Festival is a three-day ticketed, outdoor celebration of all styles of folk music with three daytime session-workshop stages, a stage dedicated to children’s entertainment, and the evening Main Stage. Greg Monforton and Partners presents the Children’s Stage, and Domino’s Pizza of Canada presents the popular Acoustic Stage.
The festival will be held August 7 through 9 at the picturesque setting of Lakeside Park in Kingsville, nestled on the shores of Lake Erie, with major tourist destinations such as Pelee Island and Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary nearby.
The festival includes featured performances by over 30 award winning performers including Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy: Masters of the Fiddle, plus Ashley MacIssac, Pavlo, The Arrogant Worms, and The Good Brothers, along with up and coming performances by The Bombadils, Rant Maggie Rant, Ariana Gillis, and local artists Dale Butler, Karen Morand, Glen MacNeil, Philip Scott Poli, and The Oh Chays, and more will grace the stages in Kingsville.
Juried artisan vendors, local area food vendors, as well as award winning Cooper’s Hawk wines and Walkerville craft beers are available for purchase and compliment a fun filled weekend the entire family can enjoy; rain or shine and accessible.