Jazz festival was packed with variety
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 email@example.com).
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.