Arts Alive! Québec festival thrives at Morrin Centre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The wacky Alice in Wonderland tea party delighted the children who attended the morning activity at the Morrin Centre.

The Morrin Centre held its fifth annual Arts Alive! Québec festival on Aug. 2 and 3. The Old Town was absolutely crawling with visitors and residents alike as the Nouvelle-France festival was happening just a few blocks away.

After the centre’s Saturday morning Book Quest program for children (ending in the library with a wacky tea party with Alice in Wonderland), local artisans set up displays of their wares in College Hall. This, along with performances by local musicians, was to have taken place outside, on Chaussée des Écossais, but grey skies brought on drizzle, then a steady rain for the rest of the afternoon.

After looking at the wares displayed on the various artisans’ tables, visitors settled down to listen to music by the Long John Silver Band, Folk You, Bosko Baker and Saint-Jean Street Band and the Randall Spear Duo. A fine way to spend a rainy summer afternoon in Old Quebec.

 

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Leonie of Maple and Oak Designs, was one of several exhibitors in College Hall during the Arts Alive! Québec festival. She creates vintage-inspired, funky and bold fashion accessories from recycled and repurposed materials.  Photo by Shirley Nadeau

 

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Tony Arata (the White Rabbit) and Azanie Roy (Alice in Wonderland) greeted visitors to the Morrin Centre during the Arts Alive! Québec festival. Photo by Shirley Nadeau