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New board members needed for Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women and Song to continue

Heather Rankin performing at a past Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women and Song. HARMONY BAZAAR FACEBOOK PAGE
Heather Rankin performing at a past Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women and Song. HARMONY BAZAAR FACEBOOK PAGE - Contributed

LOCKEPORT, N.S. – New board members and volunteers are needed if the Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women and Song Society is to continue staging the three-day summer festival and winter concert series that has brought world class female singer songwriters and artists to Lockeport for the past 12 years.

“Harmony Bazaar is currently in a time of transition and the upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) is likely to have a significant impact on the future of this organization and festival,” said Frances Scott, Community Coordinator for the Town of Lockeport.

“At least three of the current eight board members, have served on the board since its inception and feel ready to step down,” states a press release from the society. “Several other board members will not re-offer due to changes in their lives. All outgoing board members continue to support the mandate of the Society, but feel compelled to make sure people understand that for Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women & Song Society to continue, it will be necessary for new people to come forward at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and offer to serve on the board. The Society will require a minimum of six new board members to continue. At this point, the current board, is not planning to host a 2018 festival but to look at 2019 dates.”

The AGM is being held on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. in the Lillian Benham Library, 35 North Street, Lockeport. In the case of inclement weather, the meeting will be rescheduled to take place at the same time and place on Sunday, January 28.

Harmony Bazaar grew out of the Shelburne County Women’s Fishnet, an organization created around rural kitchen tables to support women and families during the downturn in the traditional fishing industry. During a musical fundraiser, the organization was made aware that women were not often asked to perform their original works. Seeing a need, the festival was born. Over the years the festival has evolved to include late night events, community breakfasts, tours of Lockeport Harbour, visual art displays, and yoga on Lockeport’s Crescent Beach.

The Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women and Song is the only women’s music festival in Atlantic Canada and has attracted some of Canada's most talented female singers over the years including the late Rita MacNeil, Bif Naked, Jully Black, Heather Rankin, Ria Mae and Irish Mythen.

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