......we are gathered here together to get through this thing called life!
"If Music be the food of Love, play on. Give me excess of it; that surefeiting, the appetite may sicken, and so die"
As the days count down(under 20 now) we can't help but feel the anticipation growing. 22 years is a long time to do anything, let alone curate a music festival but we somehow found a way to do it and we are constantly reminded of the reason why Connect has lasted so long: You! The boys and girls, Moms and Dads, freaks and geeks, doms and subs, gays and straights, old and young, the trance and the techno, the breaks and the house, the locals and the imports, the virgins and the old school and all the late night visitors have made Connect what it is today. A family, a Tribe if you will. A special group of like minded individuals that come together once a year to revel under the stars and moon, to dance and forget, renew lost loves and friendships and do the one thing that means everything to us, we Connect. The most important part of this festival has always been you, the party people, regardless if it is your first or your 22nd. You loved us and supported us, you hugged us when we lost three of our own and thought we couldn't go on, you danced and forgot, you shared your smiles and your August long weekend with us for 22 years and that is something special. If you think about it, we have been through a lot together. Things like storms and hot sun, rain and shine, bad performances and good, moustache competitions gone awry, no pants parties, Trashcan Man, the hippy pond and it's missing bridge, Notown and thier incessant rallying cry of "Fuck you Greg Eversoul", but one thing has always remained constant, and that's you. You trusted us and we hope we delivered. It may not have always been pretty but it sure sounded good(or at least we think it did). Let's do it all again, one last time.
We approach this weekend with a lot of different emotions, different for everyone. Some will find nothing but excitement and enjoyment, some with a touch of sadness and regret but one thing you should all remember is that this is your Tribe and it is our Connection. It is something that cannot be taken away, will never go away and we will never ever forget. We are all apart of something very special that began a long time ago and is now reaching it's culmination. A great way to say not good bye but see you soon. This coming Connect we ask you for one last favor and it's a simple one. Enjoy yourself. Revel in all that you have built as a community. Dance like no one is watching, Sing like no one is listening and take it all in one last time.
You have always been here for us and we will always be here for you, we love you. See you on the dancefloor.
"Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfill them, for it alone takes them and joins them by what is deepest in themselves."
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin