Holloway Park at Lady Barron buzzed with excitement on Sunday the first of December. In the weeks leading up to the event Flinders Islanders were encouraged to de-clutter, get creative with a Reduce, Reuse, Recycle message and participate in a car-boot sale style market at the first Lady Barron Festival.
With the tagline “Spring into Summer” (completely appropriate, love it!) the Lady Barron Festival, was held to raise funds for refurbishment of our beloved Lady Barron Hall.
Lady Barron Hall has been the mainstay of islanders who have utilized the space to host many a party and if walls could talk… but they don’t so I guess these walls keep some pretty good island secrets!
A respectable fee of five dollars was required for a car boot site and you could pop-up a table in front. Many savvy islanders snapped up a bargain! Including myself. I bought a retro-style heart-shaped cake tin for 50 cents to add to my quality of island life style.
The Flinders Island Pony Club put on a spectacular display of dressage and show jumping. Horses and riders looked their best. Jacci Vinney walked us through the techniques horse and riders had set out to achieve.
A fantastic array of food was on offer, from baked potatoes to tacos and Devonshire tea. Even iconic toffee apples were made for the event especially – Yummy!
The apple childhood memory added to the excitement of actually playing games. A simple ring toss challenge was really fun and you could attempt to get a hole in one. The golf competition sponsored by the Barnbougle Bandits – tested the skills.
Or you could fish for a plastic duck in a water trough with a simple rod and hook to connect! The prizes included bottles of bubbles that later flew through the air adding to the magic of this type of fair.
Holly Barnewall and Sean Caris bought the wow-factor to the scene, lifting our moods with melodies. The duo performed well-known songs in a gorgeous acoustic guitar style and Chris Murphy…well I could hear him belting out tunes even from the verandah of the local pub! Fantastic!
Congratulations to Flinders Island and Lady Barron for establishing and hosting yet another wonderful event.
• Lady Barron at the southern end of Flinders Island buzzes on a weekly basis. The Wharf springs to life with Furneaux Freight boats ritually delivering cars, freight, livestock and passengers from away.
The deep-water harbour is the lifeline for islanders and the view across the Franklin Sound to Tin Kettle Island, Little Dog and Cape Barren Island is especially picturesque.
Like the Lady Barron Facebook page and anticipate next year!