Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Jacaranda Festival weekend
There has been so much happening in town this weekend with the 80th Annual Grafton Jacaranda Festival. Saturday morning started with the parade of youth and banner competition. Led by the 22 piece Royal Australian Navy Band down Prince Street, I enjoyed the atmosphere and seeing the kids school banners celebrating the festival. Later in the evening I joined a large portion of the community to watch the Jacaranda Queen Crowning event. The dancing entertainment was great with 80 years of festival interpreted in 80 years of dance, seeing Abba followed by Michael Jackson was classic.
The whole evening had a lovely festive, community feel, I can't remember the last time I was at a country fair. The 2014 Jacaranda Queen was crowned amidst much tradition and ceremony, congratulations to Emily Causley.
In between events I spent the weekend working in the studio and meeting visitors to the gallery. It's nice to have an opportunity to share experiences of Grafton and to hear thoughts on the work developing.