This summer Midsummer’s Music Festival returned for the 2nd annual classical music concert in the Boathouse on Rock Island, a very popular event that rapidly sold out.
I was fortunate to be aboard the ship in 2010 and had a chance to film the entire event. It was also my privilege to know in advance that Jean Berkenstock would open the evening with a surprise, a solo flute performance delivered from a spot high up in the rafters of the colossal stone Boathouse on Rock Island. It was a spooky opening, perfect for the great collection of intimate ensemble pieces to follow.
In 1910 wealthy inventor Chester Thordarson purchased 775 acres of Rock Island. A decade later, 30 acres on the southwest side of the island were cleared and Thordarson began construction of a summer estate. His large boathouse is decorated with characters from the Norse Runic alphabet.
Like Thordarson, it has taken me a bit more time to assemble all of the tools and skills necessary to raise up my own new-media vision of the future as described in this October, 2008 article. The following video featuring individual performances by Midsummer’s Music Festival co-founder Jean Berkenstock and Door County’s favorite folk musician Gerhard Berhhard remained on the shelf, waiting to be completed, better late than never.