The third annual Sugarmill Music Festival took place over three days at the historic Rosalie Sugarmill.
The festival began with an opening ceremony, during which the history of the sugarmill was shared by Dr. Annelle Tanner, and guests participated in the opening of the meditation labyrinth. The labyrinth was drawn just outside of the sugarmill, with the intention of being a meditative, spiritual experience for anyone who chooses to walk the path. Dr. Annelle Tanner and her husband, Dr. Martin Tanner, oversaw the labyrinth for the weekend and encouraged participants to use provided props and tokens while walking the labyrinth, to help facilitate meditation and focus.
The music then kicked off with The Winds of Shreveport, a quintet whose music set consisted of twentieth-century pieces by Alexander Zimlinsky, Claude Debussey, and the Wind Quartet, Op. 10 of Pavel Haas.
The weekend continued with performances from 2 X 2 Percussion, Rosalie Piano Trio, Natchitoches String Quartet, and more. The Piercing Moon Trio, sponsored by Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, held the stage on Saturday. The trio, a combination of oboe, viola, and piano, gave a moving performance with pieces by Charles Martin Loeffler and August Klughardt.
Music was not the only entertainment at Sugarmill Festival. Plein air artists Tony Forrest, Laura Gates, Morgan Lasyone Guidry, and Cyndi Menton were onsite throughout the weekend. Some artists chose their own subjects, but many painted the old sugarmill and the surrounding landscape. Their art was auctioned on Sunday afternoon with great success.
The Sugarmill Music Festival is a truly unique experience, and part of the diverse culture and artistic expression that makes Cenla a truly special place to call home. The festival is 100% donation-based, meaning the festival founders, CreativeSurge, do not take any city, state, or federal funding for expenses. The festival relies completely on its donors to pay musicians and other expenses, as well as fund their scholarship program for local high school students and other community work. Neblett, Beard & Arsenault is a proud supporter of the arts and encourage anyone wanting to know more about the festival to visit the Sugarmill Music Festival website.