|Backyard Music Festival for Randal's 80th.|
Under the shade of a gazebo and an umbrella, a steady stream of liquid refreshment flowed.
The music went on from 2 pm to 7 pm. At its peak five fiddlers were going, three guitars and the keyboard.
A fine flautist was also contributing to the Irish-themed music early on.
Players filtered in and out, but the keyboard player and a couple of other players were there from beginning to end. Near the end, Randal's violin teacher, Master Violinist Denis Lanctot joined in.
Here are two clips of the music, the first one with dancing! The dancers are Pat Steenberg in black and white and Michele Pronovost in the dress. The music is "Barnburners' Jamboree" and "Maple Sugar."
|L to R: Randal Marlin, Sneezy Waters and |
Vince Halfhide (legendary musicians
in Ottawa for decades), Irene
McCloskey on keyboard, Alex Marlin.
Then the birthday cakes were brought out. Another movie clip of that.
Marlin Family Photo
At the end of the day, the family assembled for a photo first of Randal and Elaine's six children, three boys and three girls (now men and women), and then the whole family of eight.
Catherine, daughter and youngest child of Elaine and Michael Schintgen, also got into the group photo.
Here are the names of the six children and three grandchildren:
- Christine Marlin Schintgen (married to Michael Schintgen), of Barry's Bay, Ontario. Children: Carl, Eric, Catherine.
- Alex Marlin, of Toronto.
- Greg Marlin, of Ottawa.
- Nick Marlin, of Ottawa.
- Laura Marlin, of Calgary, engaged to be married later in July to Emanuel Côté.
- Marguerite (Margie) Marlin (married to Myles Dunn), of Ottawa.
|L to R: Elaine Marlin, Randal Marlin, Christine and Catherine (one of|
three children) Schintgen, Laura Marlin, Greg Marlin, Margie Marlin,
Alex Marlin and Nick Marlin.