Sunday, June 26, 2011

2011 Mariposa Folk Festival Contest...Well Sort Of

Hey everyone

           So my contest to give away 3 pairs of weekend passes to this year’s Mariposa Folk Festival was in a few words kind of a bust...I’m chalking it up to most of the people that read my Blog already have their passes, there’s always next year. 

    Anyways, I did receive one email from a reader with a really great story , here it is: 

Dear Music Gods and Joe,

      I grew up in a home where my dad censored the TV we were allowed to watch, the places we were allowed to go, and the music we listened to. He had the stereo removed from his 1985 Citation to this end.

      I loved music but had to listen to it secretly a lot of the time. I never went to any concerts or music festivals until I was eighteen. My first concert was at the Koolhaus in Toronto and the band that was playing was The Beautiful South. I saw Moist, I Mother Earth and Ginger (Formerly known as The Grapes of Wrath) in early 1997 in Barrie. I have also seen Vince Gill twice at the Casino, once in 2002, and again last fall. I also saw Jann Arden playing in Barrie back in 2007 and she was excellent, funny as hell.

But for the most part I have had a severe deficiency of fun in my life and I would love to go to the Mariposa Music Festival. 

The truth is, the only artist I have ever heard of at the festival is Emmylou Harris, but Yukon Blonde looks awesome. I will listen to music, drink in the sights, walk around, maybe buy a hemp bracelette, and relax. I might get a sun burn. I might get a little bit drunk and take a cab home. ;) Kidding. Alcohol makes me puffy.

If the Gods of Music would help me to go to the festival, I would be forever grateful.

Leissa S

This one email made up for me not receiving any others, thank you Leissa and Congratulations

      So with 2 pairs of weekend passes left I contacted a friend of mine who had expressed interest in really wanting to go but who has a rather large extended family and financially could not see swinging it, so the “Gods of Music” (I’m starting to really like that handle) will bestow upon him and his fiancee the remaining 2 weekend passes so they and their family can enjoy a great weekend of music and memories.

  So ends my first experience in the wide world of Blog Contests, it didn't turn out like I wanted it to, but I also realize that I'm just getting the Blog off the ground and with time everything will work itself out.

Don’t forget Mariposa is less than 2 weeks away...excited yet?

     This year’s Mariposa Folk Festival takes place July 8-10, Orillia, Ontario. This year’s line-up includes Emmylou Harris, Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band, Peter Yarrow, Lunch at Allen’s, John McDermott, Ron Hynes, Garnet Rogers, Adonis Puentes and many more on eleven stages throughout the beautiful Tudhope Park on the shores of Lake Couchiching.

There will be Audience camping available at nearby Burl’s Creek Family Event Park

All ticket categories are now on sale at
Kids 12 and under are admitted free. There is discounted pricing for youth and young adults.

Joe Cornelisse-SSGS

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