Here are a few words Dee had to say about the amazing Festival of Small Halls Ontario!
Festival of Small Halls Ontario show last night opening for Stephen Fearing in Sydenham was magical from start to finish. One memory stands out for Kris and I though and it didn’t happen on the stage. Before the show the artists, stage and sound crew were treated to a beautiful home cooked meal in the basement of Grace Hall in a space that serves as the Seniors’ Day Program on week days. The woman who made our food knew all about the program and described the structure of their joyous, meaningful and civilized days. Their pictures with their names were proudly hung on the wall. The same faces a city may have forgotten. Smiling all of them. Characters all of them. Some laughing and wearing crazy hats. Some smiling and displaying something they had built or made. A painting. A craft. The woman had set up the space restaurant-style with little cafe tables seating four, wine and sparkling water at each. Homemade bread, soup, salad, chili, desserts. She welcomed us at the door of her makeshift restaurant and there we all ate together before curtain time. That communal energy and togetherness. Those special touches. That’s what the Festival of Small Halls is all about.