Jazz fes­ti­val fans con­tin­ued the fun on Mon­day

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

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.”

PHO­TOS: Leah An­der­son-Byrne

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.

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