Editorial: Happy 50th

Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the Pacific Northwest Music Festival in Terrace, B.C.

LIFE is full of individual milestones – a high school graduation, a silver wedding anniversary, retirement after many years on the job.

Tomorrow signifies a collective milestone for the region – the start of two weeks of performances marking the 50th anniversary of the Pacific Northwest Music Festival.

Ending with a May 2 gala performance, this year’s festival features 1,200 entries and 4,000 performers.

Compare those numbers to the festival’s first year in 1965 with just over 300 performers.

That the festival should grow both in numbers and in quality is an accomplishment not only for the performers and their instructors but a reflection of the hard work of the volunteers and of the support of patrons and sponsors.

The ongoing success of the festival also shows the importance of music, dance and speech in the educational lives of its younger performers.

That should not be forgotten by those guiding today’s schools.

And…

HEARTY congratulations are in order for this year’s River Kings who fell one game short in their bid for the Coy Cup, the pinnacle of men’s AA hockey in B.C.

Combined with this year’s repeat by the Terrace Midget Rep Kermodes as provincial champions, hockey has a solid foundation for growth and enjoyment in Terrace and area.