Monday, August 29, 2011

Lake Itasca Family Music Fest

Although its been almost a month since the Lake Itasca Family Music Festival, I would be remiss if I failed to post any pictures from our fantastic weekend! With many thanks to Kori, we actually have some pictures to share. (She's become our 'event-photographer' -- thanks, Kori!!)

The first weekend of August found us near the Lake Itasca State Park for the annual family music festival, hosted by our good friends, the Berge family. If you live within traveling distance and enjoy family music, we highly recommend attending festival in 2012...and 2013...and 2014...and, well, you get the idea!

The days were filled with fellowship, music, great food, gorgeous weather, and lots of spurring one another on to love and good works. We're so grateful for the body of Christ!

It was a fantastic treat to have Andrew and Kori join us for the weekend! Its such a wonderful treat whenever they travel with us!

Anna and her sister, Esther, stopped by after visiting their MN grandparents for the week. So wonderful to have them help with our various responsibilities at the festival!

With so much extra company, our first order of business was to set up a tent in our little 'campsite' area.

How many girls does it take to set up a tent?! *smile*

Between the music sets by this year's featured bands, our guys provided a little entertainment and comic relief. Yes, its true....with these guys around, there's rarely a dull moment around our place!

Helping in the Snack Shack

Another highlight was leading the "Children's Storybook Theater" for two hours on Saturday. Such a delight to watch these eager faces and hearts during our times together! A fantastic crew!

Our drama this year detailed the life of Mary Slessor. Here the ship captain warns her of the dangers she will face ahead.

Ruth and Stephen taught the memory verses.

Why do we always make the craziest faces on stage?!

Stephen helping with the mandolin workshop

Matthias taught dobro.

And lots of great late-night jamming!

A smiling face at our CD table.

And finally, it was a blessing to be able to share the closing concert this year. It was incredible to look out over the crowds of families, enjoying the last of the festival before tearing down camp and heading for home. Dad challenged them (and us) to ask the Lord to prepare and place each of them (us) where we can be the most fruitful for His kingdom. This time of fellowship is important. But the Light of Christ isn't meant to be hidden under a basket! We all have a part in that opportunity to share the love of Christ in our home areas. What a joyful challenge!

"Let your light so shine before men,
that they may see your good works and
glorify your Father in heaven."
Matt 5:16


Mikailah said...

Wow... looks like a wonderful time. :) Thank you for sharing!

Blessings in Christ,

Talitha said...

Yay! I am so excited to see a post on the music festival! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the festival, most of all meeting all of you! The entire festival was just so uplifting. I, too, encourage anyone in the area to go.

Your family was so friendly...and the boys were hilarious. Haha, you did make a lot of crazy faces on stage, to our great enjoyment. :)

Well, those are some lovely pictures. I am even in one of them (the one with all the kids during the performance). I think I was as excited as the kids-- you all did such a great job. [grin]

Thank you!

For HIS glory! said...

Oh, so much fun! We have gone the last two years but were unable to come this year. Glad you all had fun. Maybe next year we will be able to come again.

Anonymous said...

Hi Wissmanns!

What a blessing to be able to visit with some of you at the festival this year. We all enjoyed the kids program, comedy, music, and my younger brother was excited to sit down with Matthias to get some dobro tips.

Keep serving the Lord with joy. Your ministry is a blessing to us.

Sara F.

Melanie said...

Wow! You sure worked hard! You all are a HUGE GINORMOUS blessing to the festival and our family. Thank you so much! And since this was my first festival miss in 6 years...I "ate up" these pictures! Loved it.

Regan Family Farm said...

My favorite picture is of you girls serving in the :snack shack". Looks like fun...would love to go someday.

Anonymous said...

Do you have a CD coming out soon?

Anonymous said...

Isn't it time for a update??? You guys must be staying very busy! But please don't forget your blog friends.

Anonymous said...


Savories of Life said...

wow! My ssiter plays the mandolin too. To bad you could not teach her.

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