Millet's Concert in the Country celebrated its 16th Anniversary this year with full attendance and a variety of music styles by gifted performers.
Each performer or group brought a special highlight and style to their set. For example, Heidi Nadine, from Toronto, told the stories of when and why the hymns she sang were written. Kevin Mills, from Williamsburg, Virginia, told jokes between his songs. He sang to music on his computer, but accompanied some jokes with the banjo. The Visions Country Gospel group, from Red Deer, sang old favourites. The Eliana Trio, from Lethbridge, included a song of love for Canada that included a plea for healing of this land, along with newer songs, their own originals and personal testimony. The Last Mountain Boys, from Strasbourg, Saskatchewan, talked about Last Mountain, the second highest point in Saskatchewan, and Last Mountain Lake, near where a couple of them farm about 50 miles north of Regina. Of course, all the performers also have their CDs and DVDs available for sale.
Besides the music, there are a number of sales tables for various vendors. Jewellery, various needlecraft products, books, baking, canning and produce were all available. Lucy Sidor was selling the children's books she has written to teach better ways of relating than bullying.
Concert in the Country features six music sets each of Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening, and Sunday afternoon. It also features a Beef Supper on Saturday, and a Pancake Breakfast Sunday morning before the Chapel Hour, which includes music by some of the musicians, and a speaker. It has become a highlight of the summer for many who attend yearly. There is no admissions fee, with a free will offering to cover expenses taken in the middle of each program section. The November Concert in the Country Pig Roast and Concert is a major source of funding for the summer concert. This year the delicious Pig Roast and Concert will be held Saturday, November 8th.
Congratulations and appreciation need to be extended to the dedicated and capable people who have banded together to make their dream of a Country Gospel Concert weekend a reality in Millet. Thank you.