Fes­ti­val cel­e­brates 30 years of bring­ing spring to life

Alpine Observer - - People Around Town -

By STRUAN JONES

IT was an evening of cel­e­bra­tion and rem­i­nisc­ing when orig­i­nal com­mit­tee mem­bers of the Bright Spring Fes­ti­val gath­ered at the Bright Art Gallery to cel­e­brate the 30-year an­niver­sary of the fes­ti­val last Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 24.

In at­ten­dance were cur­rent and for­mer mem­bers of the com­mit­tee, along with many peo­ple con­nected to the on­go­ing suc­cess of the an­nual fes­ti­val which fea­tures open gar­dens, art walks, mar­kets, and a fire­works show.

The cur­rent pres­i­dent of the com­mit­tee Tom Smith told the crowd that it was a priv­i­lege to be a part of the fes­ti­val.

“It’s a lot of fun, as well as a lot of hard work, and it’s all put on by some re­ally good, ded­i­cated peo­ple, so it’s fan­tas­tic,” he said.

Jenny McNaught was one of the found­ing mem­bers of the com­mit­tee in 1988, and still acts as the trea­surer to­day, an un­bro­ken stretch of ser­vice of 30 years.

Ad­dress­ing the crowd, she ac­knowl­edged ev­ery­one who had come to the event, and then went through the en­tire gather­ing of more than 40 peo­ple, nam­ing and ac­knowl­edg­ing them all per­son­ally for their con­tri­bu­tions.

Spe­cial cer­tifi­cates were given out to orig­i­nal com­mit­tee mem­bers by Ru­pert Shaw, pres­i­dent of the Bright and District Cham­ber of Com­merce, who also made a spe­cial thank you to the those who started the fes­ti­val, say­ing “start­ing some­thing is so much harder than tak­ing over some­thing that is up and run­ning.”

Mem­o­ra­bilia from the past 30 years was on dis­play, and peo­ple were de­lighted to loudly and proudly share sto­ries from across the years.

The most com­mon line heard was: “We had a lot of fun back then, didn’t we?”

Spe­cial thanks was made to gar­den own­ers of Bright and sur­rounds who opened their gates to the pub­lic, mak­ing the fes­ti­val pos­si­ble.

“The found­ing mem­bers are very grate­ful for the ones who have come af­ter them and the ones who are here to­day are do­ing such a mag­nif­i­cent job, thankyou,” one for­mer com­mit­tee mem­ber said.

The Spring Fes­ti­val con­tin­ues through to Tues­day, Novem­ber 6.

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