Monday, August 8, 2011

SnipFest at Birch Bay: A Music Festival

On Saturday, August 6th, Birch Bay, WA had an all-day music festival to raise money for the WeSNIP program that operates a pet spay and neuter program in Whatcom County. The Birch Bay Music Festival was organized by the owners of the Bay Cafe and C Shop, and it was held at the southwest corner of Morrison and Birch Bay Drive, across the street from both businesses. It featured nine musical groups or individual signers; also the festival had over 20 vendors and a silent auction. In all, the last I heard, the festival raised about $4,000 to support WeSNIP programs.

The music groups participating in the music festival ranged from folksingers (e.g., Kit Nelson) to a contemporary singer backed by a small group (Rebekah Ann Curtis) to full rock bands (e.g., Olio), to heavy rock (e.g., Kong).  The lineup was as follows:

Kit Nelson
Brittany Myers
Rebekah Ann Curtis
Patsy Thompson
James Higgins and the Muddy Boots
Bear Cove
KONG (Bellingham)

Here are some pictures from the event:

The Event Grounds with a Singer in the Background

Vendors on Morrison Street, Next to the C Shop

Rebekah Ann Curtis, Singer, with Guitar and Conga Drum Backing

Folksinger Kit Nelson

Plenty of Dogs Supported the WeSNIP Festival

C Shop's Pat Introduced Pete Kremen, Whatcom Co. Exec.

OLIO Plays on a Nice Summer Day in Birch Bay
KONG Plays as Twilight Comes

KONG Ends the Night With Loud Hard Rock

The Birch Bay Music Festival had a great line-up of music, a perfect day, and great setting.  The attendance was larger than anticipated, and it appeared most folks were enjoying themselves. Best of all, the event raised some much needed money for a good cause. In all, a very pleasant way to spend the day in beautiful Birch Bay.

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