Today's date: Saturday April 20, 2019
column width padding column width padding

The Wellington Advertiser Masthead Logo

We Cover The County...
40,052 Audited Circulation

WEEKLY POLL   |   Community News   |   EQUINE   |   Schools & Buses

Wellington Weddings 2019
Business Leader Banner
column width padding column width padding

WriteOut of Her Mind

by Kelly Waterhouse

Riverfest memories

If it is possible to have a happiness hangover, that’s me this week. Three nights and two days of amazing music at Riverfest Elora has rendered me cheerfully exhausted. It’s wonderful. And for that, I am grateful to the organizers for creating a music festival that is truly about the audience experience, because, wow, what an experience.

As someone who believes spontaneity is the spark of life, I am glad this festival proves me right. Like most people, I downloaded the schedule app to my phone and planned every act I wanted to see. Then, true to my nature, I stopped to talk to people on the way in to the festival and missed a whole bunch of performances I planned to see because I didn’t get to the stages on time. And I didn’t stress. Not even a little, (which is practically impossible for me). This was a go-with-the-flow weekend.

The beautiful thing about our music festival by the river is that, at every turn, a wave of different music washes over you. Three stages and around sixty bands, it’s impossible not to find something you like. My best laid plans gone awry weren’t a failure, because I discovered a whole bunch of new music I would never have known otherwise. The artists I expected to love didn’t disappoint, but the bands I didn’t even know impressed me so much that I ended up with a whole new playlist. And we all know Kelly loves her car ride playlists.

As the Carpenter volunteered for the event, my sidekick for the weekend was our teenage daughter (my Broadway Baby), and I was so grateful for the opportunity to introduce her to a diverse lineup of powerhouse female performers. My daughter got up close to watch these women rock out. She saw the strength of their talent, their fierce stage presence, and their ability to hit the notes without auto-tune, lip-syncing and the distraction of back-up dancers. Raw energy. Real music. She will never forget the intensity of the female lead of The Creepshow, or the harmonies and musicianship of The Beaches, or the non-stop energy of Dear Rouge, or how much I fanned out to July Talk. And while she may never understand that Carole Pope is a legend, she will remember what I told her about Pope’s impact on my generation, (insert eye roll).  Of course, she also loved to see her classmate Madison Galloway perform, because this music festival supports local talent too.

But I know my daughter will never forget seeing Carly Rae Jepsen, a Canadian girl who performed in high school musicals and made it all the way to the bright lights of Broadway. My, oh my. Yet what I hope my girl will remember from that show is the two of us together, flipping out and singing our hearts out to “Call Me Maybe,” dancing like everybody was watching and we couldn’t care less. Because, all music aside that will be my takeaway.

Well, that and slow dancing with the Carpenter as Blue Rodeo played our song, “Lost Together.” Pretty sure our daughter will remember that too because she told us we were gross for our public display of affection. But then she joined us in the dance too. It was  perfect. Absolutely perfect. Best weekend of my summer.





Vol 51 Issue 34


Tell Us What You Think

Login to submit a comment

Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser. Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive, unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed. You must register or log in in order to post a comment. For more information, read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines.


Lions Home Show


Community Guide Spring 2019


Barrie Hopkins
Barrie Hopkins
Barrie Hopkins
Barrie Hopkins
Bruce Whitestone
Ray Wiseman
Ray Wiseman
Ray Wiseman
Stephen Thorning
Stephen Thorning

Recent Columns

Bits and Pieces

  • Signature bonnet
  • Digital pantomime
  • Connect the dots
  • Generation gap
  • Little things
  • Tylenol kick
  • This Little Piggy
  • Nature's best
  • Business Matters

  • Business leaders
  • Spring edition
  • Order of Canada
  • Open on holidays
  • Community involvement
  • That’s a wrap
  • Stepping up
  • The dream
  • Canada's Business

  • The decline of civility
  • Irrational exuberance II
  • Speak up
  • An enduring register
  • A government assessment after one year in office
  • Gauge signals
  • Unpatriotic
  • Inevitable
  • Comment from Ottawa

  • The Syria question
  • Reflecting on 2016
  • Open, transparent combat mission?
  • Bad for businesses
  • Have your voice heard on electoral reform
  • Open and transparent?
  • Assisted dying
  • Leadership bid
  • Life-wise

  • Retirement
  • Canadas scarcity of calamity
  • Often we mirror our parents
  • Putting up with put-downs
  • A tale of two landlords
  • A letter from the campsite
  • Two shades of black
  • Precious memories
  • Open Mind

  • Home - at last!
  • Queen's Park Report

  • Back to work
  • Merry Christmas
  • Remembering them
  • High-cost hydro
  • Six important issues
  • Emancipation Day
  • Great Lakes
  • Happy Canada Day
  • Special to the Advertiser

  • Death of JFK changed the world
  • Split Decision

  • Councillors voting themselves raises
  • The most interesting election races
  • Ketchup conundrum
  • Eliminating burial plots to save trees
  • Organic waste pick up in Wellington
  • Uploading Hwy. 6 Connecting Link
  • Political campaign texts
  • Cannabis legalization coming Oct. 17
  • Staying Connected

  • It’s all about staying connected.
  • Stray Casts

  • Final lines: Its been great
  • Thorning Revisited

  • Ontario place names in U.S. mark county expats’ presence
  • Telegraph service came to Fergus, Elora 165 years ago
  • Community news from the Mapleton area in 1931, 1981
  • Lacrosse has been played in Elora for over 160 years
  • Hikers, cyclists enjoy view from 1909 railway bridge
  • General Sherman visited Elora, Fergus soldiers in 1866
  • Elora Rifles called to fight invasion that never happened
  • Home guard formed in Fergus to defend against rebellion
  • Valuing Our History

  • Library, post office replaced Elora’s cattle market
  • Few details survive about Glenlamond saw mill
  • Will of Rev. William Barrie disputed by sister
  • Connon became full-time photographer after trip to Europe
  • Hustonville founded, thrived, vanished in 20 years
  • Lack of railway siding frustrated Fergus’ James Gow
  • Fergus mill made oat flour for Cheerios, other brands
  • Railway passenger service waxed and waned over the 1900s
  • WriteOut of Her Mind

  • Sweet treat
  • Bad mood
  • Secrets
  • Nineteen
  • Guy time
  • Discombobulated
  • Gala
  • Snow daze
  • column width padding column width padding column width padding

    The Wellington Advertiser





    Digital Publications


    Twitter Logo

    Free Press News Network Logo