Musicians from around the world will be gathering in the forest in Barão de São João on Saturday, September 10, for the Magical Musical Walk to raise money for the local Bombeiros.
The event runs from 2pm to 10pm and takes place in the Parque de Merendas (picnic and BBQ site) in the Mata Nacional, above Barão de São João.
As visitors stroll around the marked forest trail, musicians and entertainers sing, play and dance in return for donations to the Bombeiros. At dusk the talented performers congregate at the main stage for a grand finale celebration.
This is the third year that community members have organised the popular event and, with free admission and drinks and snacks available, it’s described by organisers as “a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in the forest”.
The walk is open to everyone and all the money raised will help provide essential life-saving equipment for the firefighters.
Event organiser Carole Henchy said: “Visitors and performers alike have really enjoyed our previous Magical Musical Walks. This year we are creating an Enchanted Forest filled with music, magic and delightful surprises. It is a fabulous day out for the whole family, so we invite everyone to come along and support our local heroes.”
The Mata Nacional is signposted from the village of Barão de São João. A bar, barbecue and café will be serving refreshments, and so far more than 30 musicians have already booked their spots under the pine trees, as well as dancers and face painters for all-round entertainment.
Local musician Caroline Snelling said: “It’s really nice to spend time in the woods. It’s like relaxing in the garden while sharing our music with people walking by.”
There will be many local and visiting musicians serenading guests with the guitar, accordion, ukulele, flute and lots more. The organisers are also hoping to attract people who can share woodland skills and other crafts, all adding to the fun.
Carole added: “It’s an ideal opportunity to show our thanks to the Bombeiros who keep us safe throughout the year.”
Contact Carole via the Facebook page ‘A Magical Musical Walk’ or call 918 257 690 or 919 578 592.
Photo: Jes Mainwaring