MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Welcome to the 23rd Annual Classic Country Music Reunion – July 31, August 1,2,3 2014, and thank you for visiting our web site.
It is an honour for me to be re-elected as President for the year 2014. It hardly seems possible that CCMR has been going since 1992.
Last year’s CCMR was excellent, and I would like to thank everyone who helped in any way. Our Executive Committee worked hard to fulfil their responsibilities. The people who are elected by our paid members to be on the Executive Board attend meetings throughout the year at their own expense, and they come to the CCMR to work, as well as play and enjoy. It is a big responsibility. Thanks everyone.
Mother nature tested our strengths with some rain last year. Wednesday night’s rain storm left us in a “puddle” on Thursday morning. Our executive committee chose to hold off opening the gates for a short time, hoping that giving the ground a little extra time to dry before moving trailers and motorhomes in would prevent people from getting stuck. In hindsight we think this was a wise decision. Thank you to our campers who remained patient and cooperated.
On Friday evening rain came again. With three entertainers left to appear it was touch and go for a while as to whether we might have to cancel the rest of that evening’s show or somehow move into the tent. When it became apparent that the rain had stopped we decided to continue with each remaining entertainer doing two songs, making sure they at least got to sing on the show. When that round was complete, each one did two more… and two more… and two more. When it was all said and done the rain did hold off, and each guest got to sing pretty much all the material they had planned. Thank you to those involved for adapting to the new plan so quickly including the band members who found themselves instantly thrown into this musical circus. After the fact we heard many comments that “this was one of the most enjoyable shows ever”. Go figure!
Our Friday and Saturday Fiddle Jams continue to be popular for both participants and spectators. The addition of the one hour guitar “workshop” with Steve Piticco after the Sunday Gospel show was a big hit. I’m sure the committee will be working towards doing something similar for 2014.
Perhaps the biggest change in 2013 was the elimination of the licensed bar and CD store. When CCMR was started 23 years ago the bar was a big part of it and it made money… but times change and in spite of the fantastic job done by those involved in previous years it was just not financially feasible anymore.
The bar was replaced with a combination Snack Bar / Information Booth / Souvenir Counter at the back of the tent alongside the dance floor. Barb, Sandra, Andrea, Terry, and all the others who took a turn at helping were kept busy handling coffee, pop, water, snacks, treats, guitar tickets, ice, and smiles. They had fun, provided a service, and made some profit. Special thanks to Sarah Brant and Caleb McEwan, our teen helpers who sold tickets, ran errands and helped in many ways. It’s great to see these young people getting involved.
Although there are many things that make the CCMR enjoyable, I think we can be most proud of our main stage shows. Great guests, an amazing backup band, a dedicated group working behind the scenes, and that incredible outdoor amphitheatre in Centennial Park make our shows special. Many singers continue to remark on what a thrill it is to step out on that big amphitheatre stage and perform with the Tim Sanders Band.
Last but not least, 2013 will go down in the history book of the CCMR as the year that our open mic stage was officially dedicated in memory of the man who has always been viewed as the founder of this event. From now on the stage in the tent will be known as “The Lorne Hachey Stage”, which will help preserve the dream this man had back in 1992 when he brought his old country music buddies together to start the Classic Country Music Reunion. Thank you Lorne. Twenty three years later we’re still going and living your dream!
Keeping the annual CCMR weekend on the positive side of the financial picture will probably always be the biggest challenge facing your Board of Directors as costs continue to rise. Dedicated sponsors are becoming more increasingly important.
The most important thing you can do, is be here, and bring your friends. “People” make the CCMR work! We continue to challenge each and every one of you to bring at least one new couple or family with you this year. That alone would guarantee the future of CCMR for many years.
We look forward to welcoming you in 2014.