AC&C -- May 26 to May 28, 2017
Our first year in Area Five! We loved the location — Nottawasaga Inn in Alliston, just a short drive from home, and no border crossings or money exchange. But were we going to feel like outsiders, crashing a family party? We needn’t have worried about that, because everyone was so friendly and welcoming!
A bunch of us lingered over a yummy buffet at the Inn restaurant late Friday afternoon, then attended the quartet contest in the Crystal Ballroom, where our director’s quartet, Skyfall, placed an exciting second. Back at our rooms, we hung door signs and held small nail-painting parties in the hallway, before heading to bed. Everything seemed so leisurely here, all taking place under one roof.
Saturday was chorus contest day — rehearsals in the morning, on stage before 1 p.m., then evaluations from the judges later in the afternoon, after learning that we had come third and qualified for International Competition, in spite of the qualifying mark being raised 3% over last year.
The Saturday evening buffet dinner and Moonglow had a High School Club theme, so the Accolades went as Flower Power Girls from the Sixties. During the evening, Jo Anne was recognized with a certificate for sponsoring a new member to the Accolades, and Normi was honoured with a certificate for her 30 years in Harmony, Inc. The dinner and Moonglow were held in the Trade Centre attached to the Inn, because Area Five’s numbers had almost doubled with the addition of our southern Ontario choruses, so the Inn itself could not accommodate us all. Unfortunately, acoustics for the evening’s proceedings were not good in the Centre, and it was also not an inviting venue to stay in to socialize afterwards. But room parties and singing in the Inn itself were being discouraged. On the positive side, it meant more sleep on Saturday night so that people were wide awake and eager for the Educational Classes being offered on Sunday morning. It was also easier to stay for classes, knowing that the drive home afterwards was a short one.
Next year, Area Five’s AC&C will be held at the Delta Toronto East Hotel at Hwy 401 and Kennedy Road. You can’t get much closer than that! And we won’t be worried about our acceptance into the Area Five family, because we have already been welcomed with open arms and will continue to feel more and more at home with our new family with each passing year.