It’s been a great summer so far (except I can’t believe it is half over)! Our family has already gone to visit my grandmother, aunt and uncles, and cousins in Nova Scotia and we spent a week at a cottage where I did a lot of kayaking. We have also been to Toronto and Niagara to see family and friends. I have really liked my time fishing and have also biked and canoed this summer. And for the last week of the summer, my family is meeting up with my Godfather to have fun at a cottage in the 1000 Islands!
I have also enjoyed playing my fiddle through the last couple of months. I finished my school year performing with both intermediate and senior ensembles and with the orchestra for Canterbury Music Nights. In July, I had fun playing a benefit set for Diabetes Ottawa with Marley and Molly Mullan at the Ottawa Market Irish pub Mother McGinty’s (photo above). A week later I was performing at the Greely Country Music Festival – fiddling crowd favourites Pat’s Country, Tennessee Waltz, and Cajun Fiddle among other traditional and Ottawa Valley tunes.
Still to come this summer: I am very honoured to be playing both classical and traditional fiddle music at a friend’s wedding reception. Later in August I am looking forward to attending the Canadian Grand Masters’ Music Camp. Finally, on Labour Day Weekend, I will be competing at the Pembroke Fiddle Competition.
But, honestly, this summer is going by far too fast – before I must return to my Grade 11 year at Canterbury High School.
Here is a great picture of me with my Grandmother and brother at a family gathering at Shortt’s Lake, Nova Scotia.