StO 2 ~ St-Octave, our inter-cultural activities
Report on participation (continued)
Accommodation was in single rooms (comfortable and clean) at a school in Ste-Anne-des-Monts, near Cap-Chat. Breakfast was provided in the school cafeteria, and other meals mainly in St-Octave itself. The food was good.
The local festival committee were extremely hospitable, arranging for the performers a reception / cocktail party on Thursday; a picnic at a member's country house on Friday; a presentation of mementoes and buffet supper on Saturday; and a farewell lunch with local dishes on Sunday.
Though it was summer, it got cold on that hillside where we performed. After our first evening, they arranged some trucks with canvas covers, and heaters, for us to shelter in. The audience mostly wrapped themselves in blankets. They didn't seem to be very numerous, and Valin (who feels the cold and had worn pyjamas under his Morris costume) thinks many of them were other performers.
(From the top,
We had expected to do a couple of Morris dances,
sword dance. The morning after the first show, the director called in
each of the dance group leaders in turn, and told us the show was too
(The Italian dancers,