Reminder: Harbour Festival Meeting and AGM Nov. 15

The Annual General Meeting of the Anstruther Harbour Festival Trust is Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the Meeting Room (lower level) of the Anstruther Town Hall, beginning at 7:30 pm.  Anybody interested in the status of the Festival, or volunteering to help with the Festival, is welcome to attend.    The 2018 Festival is tentatively scheduled for the weekend of July 28-29, and volunteers are needed to help.  IF there are insufficient volunteers to help with the Festival, it may not take place after all. 

AGENDA: Anstruther Harbour Festival Trust AGM –Scottish registered Charity SCO46562.  1. welcome
2. Chairman’s annual report.
3. Accounts.
4. Way forward.
5. AOCB

New ideas and new approaches are being sought to keep the Festival “fresh” and help  surmount budget constraints, grant cut-backs, and insurance/liability/H&S limitations. Alternative thinking is needed, and the more alternative suggestions  the better!

Formerly a “boatie”-centred weekend, the Anstruther Harbour Festival has radically changed over the past six years. It is now an event specifically designed to appeal to a wider range of ages, interests and to be very family-friendly.  Musical entertainment runs the gamut from traditional Scottish ceilidh to rock, jazz, blues, honky-tonk and golden oldies.  Kids activities have included handling exotic animals, seeing birds of prey, creating arts/crafts, interacting with swashbuckling pirates, enjoying puppet shows, and learning magic/juggling tricks.  There are rowing races in the harbour, the RNLI has put on rescue demonstrations, and the Scottish Fisheries Museum has had Open Days and named their Fisher Lad/Lass that weekend. A service to the memory of submariners lost at sea during World War II adds a note of solemnity and respect as those who died in service to their country are honoured and remembered.

A second marquee on the folly now enables craftspeople and artists to display their hand-made goods such as jewellery, hand-knit goods, beach art, felted artwork, home decorative items, and more. Food producers give tasting samples, cooking demonstrations are done, and fresh local produce can be purchased for at-home enjoyment.

The “Muster” is still a part of the Festival as visiting boats vie for various awards, Classic and working boats tie-up in the harbour, and area residents, visitors from the region, and those who have sailed into Anstruther enjoy the Festival overall.

For any questions, please call Gail Sorley, AHF Secretary, at 01333-310063.

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