Concert by the Creek Another Huge Success

Our 11th annual Concert by the Creek was another great success. The weather was perfect, the lineup was fantastic, the crowd was great and all this together resulted in fundraising total of over $2,400! Organizer, Laura Myers said, “Once again this year, a group of talented local musicians amazed an appreciative crowd. The surprise appearance of Jessica Rhaye was the icing on the cake!”

The Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership is extremely fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers and performers, like Jessica, who support us each year in providing an education for disadvantaged young people in Swaziland. It takes a lot of work but it’s great to know that it is appreciated by those we are helping. Thokozani Maseko is a graduate of our Starfish program who is now helping supervise our current Starfish students in Piggs Peak. When he heard about Concert by the Creek, he wrote to us, “Wonderful. This keeps us in mind of how much work you do for the fundraising. I tell our students that the money they are paid comes from working hard, to make them better people. Because you care, thanks to all of you.”

While it takes considerable effort, I think Laura and her husband, Chris Rendell, who works so hard behind the scenes to make sure the concert runs smoothly, would agree that it’s a labour of love. The love is for our fellow humans, for our neighbours in Swaziland who see an education as an escape hatch from a life of poverty and hopelessness. The audience at CBTC was able to put names to some of these people when Anne Scott spoke briefly about her new book, “Making a Difference, The Story of the Starfish Program”, that will be available in early September. It’s a beautiful story about how the connections made through our Starfish Program are changing lives in Hampton and Piggs Peak.

Thank you to all the performers who made the event such a success: Jud Gunning; Hardly There (Amanda Weir and Sebastien Doucet); Doug Farrell; Luka Malatestinic; Jill Toner; Derek Doucet; Sarah Cummings; Sam Freeze; Jake Freeze; Hannah Freeze; Sandy Mackay; Bill Preeper; and Jessica Rhaye. Thanks also to the excellent sound crew, Luka Malatestinic; Nathan Reid; and Johnathan Turner. A special thanks to Blair Boudreau and Stephanie Costain, who provide our incredible venue through the use of their house and yard.

Also, do yourself a favour and get tickets for Jessica Rhaye and the Ramshackle Parade (including Bill Preeper and Sandy Mackay), performing at the Imperial Theatre on Sept 21 and celebrating the release of “Just like a Woman – Songs of Bob Dylan”.

If you have any questions, please contact me, Mark Bettle, at or 832-0003.

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