Jazz fes­ti­val was packed with va­ri­ety

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Remembrance Day - THESE SHOES AREN’T JUST MADE FOR WALKING: PHOTO: Kylie Wil­son

FROM time to time I am crit­i­cal of var­i­ous lo­cal is­sues and the jazz and blues fes­ti­val has not es­caped my at­ten­tion in the past.

This year, how­ever, as in many oth­ers, it has been an ab­so­lute de­light to be part of this ever im­prov­ing and re­mark­able event.

The new street venue and its colos­sal, com­fort­able mar­quee in Ford Street is the best yet and I trust it will stay put for years to come.

The food and re­fresh­ment stalls catered for ev­ery­one.

The blues venue in Mer­riwa Park was out­stand­ing, well co­or­di­nated, with ex­cel­lent ameni­ties for per­form­ers and spec­ta­tors.

It was sim­ply in­cred­i­ble to see such artists as the amaz­ing gui­tarist Kevin Borich and his highly tal­ented side­men.

To think that they were fol­lowed by “Spi­der­bait”, a band that has been a great favourite for many years.

Sup­ported by the Wan­garatta “Horns of Death” more than 40 strong, their show was spec­tac­u­lar.

I was for­tu­nate enough to see many other fine acts from di­verse gen­res. We were in­deed blessed at this year’s fes­ti­val.

To all our “Blues Brothers 3677” fol­low­ers, sorry that our show was a lot shorter than usual but time con­straints pre­vented us from giv­ing you a full dose of our blues and soul reper­toire. Thanks for your undy­ing sup­port. We’ll be back next year. I con­grat­u­late the hard-work­ing fes­ti­val com­mit­tee and the many oth­ers who work be­hind the scenes to make the fes­ti­val tick along so well.

It was good to see so many com­mit­tee mem­bers and oth­ers on the ground check­ing things and en­sur­ing that the pub­lic and per­form­ers were well looked after in all pos­si­ble ways. This “hands on” ap­proach is the way to go. I’d par­tic­u­larly like to men­tion Paul Squires (fes­ti­val chair­per­son), Mark Bol­sius, Graeme Tay­lor, Scott Solimo and the many oth­ers who toiled tire­lessly.

Wan­garatta West Pri­mary School stu­dents (from left) Wade Ryan, Pey­ton and Summah Pau­sic, to­gether with hun­dreds more of their school­mates, dec­o­rated their shoes to walk to school as part of the Walk to School month cel­e­brated at many lo­cal pri­mary schools through­out Oc­to­ber. Dur­ing the month chil­dren en­joyed fruit and veg­eta­bles from La Bella Rocca, spon­sored by the YMCA ev­ery Fri­day, as part of the month-long cam­paign to en­cour­age healthy eat­ing and ac­tive life­styles.

I stopped do­ing his pic­ture to draw an artist on stage, in­tend­ing to com­plete Jed’s pic­ture after I had fin­ished that.

How­ever, I got so in­volved in my work that I com­pletely for­got about him.

I didn’t re­mem­ber un­til later that evening and I feel very bad about it.

I would like to apol­o­gise, and also if any­one knows Jed or his fam­ily please let them know that I would be happy to com­plete his pic­ture if they con­tact me via the Chronicle (email edit.chronicle@ne­me­dia.com.au).

Robynne Ilott, Wan­garatta

PETERAMOR, SOUTH WAN­GARATTA I’m a cathe­dral bell­ringer so I nor­mally ring the bells and at­tend the ser­vice at the me­mo­rial.

LACEYYORK, WAN­GARATTA I’m nor­mally at school or work and do the one minute si­lence and I wear the poppy badge.

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