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Young Tradition Weekend 2018 was a great success, once again – thanks to everyone involved in bringing it all together: performers, collaborators, sponsors, and volunteers! In the couple weeks before the event, we were busy finalizing performer lists, chosing finalists for the contest, creating and printing programs and voter ballots, recruiting volunteers, and tying off any loose ends in our plans. We then kicked off YT Weekend with a radio appearance by Mark Sustic and Yasi Zeichner on Big Heavy World, featuring some live fiddle tunes, and examples of contest submissions.
The community dinner and contra dance at Burlington High School was well attended, and we had a turnout of 25 or so students from the Fiddle Tunes Clubs playing music for the dance!
Fortunately, we had sunny weather for the contest finals at Waterfront Park Kid’s Day – we had a great audience (both families of contestants and passers-by) and all the contestants had obviously worked hard on their acts and all put their best foot forward with their performances. Congratulations to first place winners Romy and Ben Munkres, second place Alexander Allison and Sebastiaan West, and third place Samuel Foucher and Perin Ellsworth-Heller!
The showcase concert – always one of the most popular parts of the weekend – featured a fabulous range of music and dance, from Irish polkas and reels, to Balkan traditional songs, to Nepali dance, and more.
Finishing off the weekend, the Margaret MacArthur tribute concert seemed like a magical gathering of friends and family, and a wonderful, heartfelt sharing of the music that Margaret sang and loved. The reception after the concert (the first time we’ve had one) was a great success as well!
Now we are already thinking about next year’s event – planing on how to build on this year’s successes, and having some new ideas percolating as well. We welcome any comments and feedback from folks involved in making this happen!
Photos from YT Weekend are available on YTV’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/youngtraditionvermont