Sunday, June 23 marked the first performance of the Stone and Sky summer series, and the quarry proved to be as resonant as ever! The season was kicked off with a free dinner and show for all ages 55+, sponsored by the Greater Windsor Concert Band. The band began to play at 6:00, serenading a crowd of over 40 people with uplifting summer tunes, including a lively march by Kenneth Jay Alfred and medley of hits from the “summer of love”. Across the audience, toes were tapping.
Following the concert, quarry guests dined on a scrumptious three-course meal, prepared by infamous Peele local, Vicki Gardener. The feast included a decadent seafood bisque on puff pastry, colourful salads and of course, an assortment of fresh baked goodies.
After the meal, the crowd once again gathered in the stone amphitheatre, for a reading by one of Pelee’s foremost literary artists, Ron Tiessen. All leaned in as he shared contemplative and humorous musings on the significance of aging, tying in wisdom from the Ancient Greeks to Albert Einstein. Tiessen closed the evening with a moving original poem, in which he described growing old as a release of the personal ego into the self that is the totality of the natural world.
Throughout all, resident visual artist, James Cook painted the quarry in oil paint, under the dappled light of the lowering sun. In all, the evening was a great success and a wonderful beginning to a promising summer of art and music. We hope to see you next Weekend at the quarry.