Last Saturday night (Oct. 13) the power went out in downtown Sechelt just as we arrived at St. Hilda’s Church for a concert with Anagram and vocalist Jacquie Allan.
There was some doubt that the show would go on, but pastor Clarence Li and his wonderful volunteers had illuminated the entry way and the church with candles, and Anna Lumiere and Graham Ord were all set to go for the 7 p.m. acoustic concert with a grand piano, sax and voice, for what was to be a magical experience.
The ambience created by the darkness, the candlelight and the music was enchanting and the feeling of community and joy pervasive.
At the end, the exuberant Li remarked on how what could have been a disaster turned into a remarkable experience for audience and musicians alike.
Turned out we didn’t need the power — we were truly “unplugged.”
One of my friends commented on how ironic it was that the power was out and earlier that day I had been to an open house concerning five new private power projects; projects to provide some of the electricity that we supposedly will desperately need. These projects will have a substantial impact on several lakes in Narrows Inlet and a beautiful waterfall.
It made me think that we need to reassess what we are prepared to give up in order to keep increasing our reliance on various types of energy, as a voracious world population demands more and more.
Thank you to Anagram, Clarence Li and the volunteers at St. Hilda’s for “tuning” us in to the power out.
Bette Chadwick, Sechelt