River Rock (Gallery)

One young music fan had to get up and dance Saturday during the first ever River Rock Music Festival


Cat Clyde singer Caitlin Blockeel, of Stratford, performed north of St. Marys Saturday afternoon at the first ever River Rock Music, Arts and Food Festival. She, along with guitarist Jesse Nestor, was one of the first to play in the lineup that included other musicians from the region including Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar, Mountain of Wolves, and Broomsticks and Hammers.


Richard Gracious, left, on banjo, and Mark Kulmala, right perform during Mountain of Wolves’ set Saturday afternoon around 3:00 pm. The London-based folk group formed in December 2013 and Saturday also included members playing fiddle, bass and accordion. They were a late addition to the lineup, invited by fellow London musician and River Rock performer JoJo Worthington.


Pictured is Julia McIntosh of Gratitude Food (GratitudeFood.net) who was offering some delicious refreshments including lavender lemonade and a variety of salads Saturday at River Rock Festival. Gratitude Food offers catering and freshly grown vegetables in the St. Marys area.


Pictured is Paul Roberts of the Stratford worker’s co-operative To Bean or Not To Bean, whose coffee was on sale Saturday at River Rock Festival. Their bean roasting and retail facility is located at 8-285 Lorne Avenue East in Stratford. Since forming in December, they have specialized in freshly roasted fairly traded coffee, and offer beans from Peru, Honduras, Ethiopia, Brazil and Indonesia. Roberts said their best selling coffee is “Not Fade Away,” a medium-dark Ethiopian blend with chocolatey notes. For more information, call 519-814-BEAN or visit StratfordCoffee.com


Another one of the vendors at River Rock Saturday was Crystal McMaster, who was selling Cuddly Critter, the “handmade loveable friends” produced by her and her mother Bonnie. Find out more at JewellerbyCrystal.com.


Pictured is Debbie Jamieson, of the London-based business, The Loving Path, which specializes in hand-dyed yarns. Jamieson can be found selling her wares at the Soho Street Market in London Friday evenings from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm in front of the Goodwill Centre at the intersection of Horton and Wellington Streets. Jamieson was one of many local, organic vendors set up Saturday at the River Rock Festival. You can also find her work online at TheLovingPath.etsy.com.