Large crowds descended on the small village of Waterville to welcome followers and fans of Charlie Chaplin and to celebrate the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival. Now in its seventh year it’s growing each year with new additions to the festival.
The opening parade on Thursday night got proceedings underway and some short film screenings and the Charlie Chaplin picture gallery were visited by guests to the village. Friday had a an action packed day with entertainment, short films from the Chaplin era, a Charleston workshop in the big top for those who wanted to learn to dance, the BBQ and street entertainment welcomed the dry evening and lots of fun was had.
Saturday morning the awaited exclusive interview of Samantha Jane Power (United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 2013-2017), drew many visitors. She gave a frank and honest interview about her time served and the challenges she faced. She referred to her position which was a strong commitment to the USA and also how she juggled being a mother / wife with such a high powered role.
It was a wonderful and interesting interview and she spoke to a full house at the Sea Lodge Hotel for two hours. She is an absolute lady who loves to come back to Waterville to relax and unwind. I would advise those of you that haven’t already read her book ‘Chasing the Flame’ go and get it.
Saturday evening saw the very popular world record attempt at entering the Guinness book of records for the most Charlie chaplins and family and friends got together for the parade. We don’t think the record was reached but it certainly was lots of fun.
The Fossett family are a great support to the festival and provided their big top for many events thoughout the weekend which added to the atmosphere.
All in all it was a wonderful weekend, the committee put huge work into it, the bars and restaurants pull out all the stops to ensure all visitors to the village are fed and entertained so I would highly recommend it for the diary next year when deciding what events to visit locally.
Photographs: Christy Riordan