Jazz festival fans continued the fun on Monday
AS the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues wrapped up, several local businesses continued the tradition of Monday events as a great way to finish off the festival weekend.
John Gehrig Wines, Milawa Kitchen and the Wangaratta Golf Club each held a short event with performers Kate Wadey, Belle Musette and Callum Gleeson serenading the crowds.
Wangaratta Golf Club had a lunch from 12 to 2pm for patrons to enjoy while listening to the music.
Golf club secretary Barb Thomas said she enjoyed this year’s festival as much as other years.
“I really enjoyed it; the venue was superb and the blues tent was great, I will definitely be going again,” she said.
“The young female performers were a highlight as it’s great to encourage young people into music and they were so talented.”
Melbourne resident Ray Allcock said he and his wife have attended every year for the past 20 years.
“The gardens were a lovely setting and the weather was great but I preferred when Reid Street closed down as it was more vibrant with lots of food and people but this year it was just at the tents,” he said.
“It was great to catch up with friends and Ray Beadle and the winery events were a highlight, although there weren’t as many this year.”
Another visitor, Merl Brown and her family from Lilydale have been coming for 16 years and she said it’s always a great event.
“We all love the festival and have been coming as a family for years,” she said.
“I do think they should bring back Reid Street as I know I personally spent a lot of money there in the past on food and in the park there weren’t enough seats and tables for us elderly people.”
FAMILY TRADITION: Merl Brown, Steph Pettitt, Cathy and Scott Coatsworth, Simon Pettitt and Bob Brown from Lilydale travel down every year for the festival.20 YEARS STRONG: Friends and jazz lovers (back row) Ray and Denise Allcock, Sylvia Tyrell and Leo Willis with (front row) Peter Policha, Andrew Deacon and Wendy Meade enjoyed an afternoon at the Wangaratta Golf Club on Monday.