Words by Lisa Taylor @shelovesballarat
Troop love events. And community events are no different! Especially after the dull nothingness 2020 served up. Never again, please and thank you.
Despite an unwavering chill in the air and gloomy skies (typical summer), plenty of eager visitors attended the Smythesdale Art and Music Festival held last Sunday, 7 February. Running from 10am-3pm, the Town Green was alive with chatter and community activity.
Naturally, mention of a town green transports my crime loving mind directly to a set from Midsomer Murders. Fortunately, there were no suspicious deaths to report on this occasion. (Nor any Detective Barnaby.)
The festival represented an abundance of local artists and creators through various market stalls, poetry workshops, and gallery space. There were ceramics, paintings, jewellery, floral arrangements, and secondhand books to peruse, and that’s before considering the food options: crepes, both sweet and savoury, the classic sausage sizzle, dumplings, gelato, fresh juice, and most essential of all – coffee!
The well-spaced market layout made for easy conversation with stallholders and avoided any pesky crowd situations. A special mention must go to Crafty Dingo Ceramics for their repurposed horse float containing a vibrant stall within, complete with sprigs of yellow wattle as you entered.
The Woady Yaloack Historical Society had the onsite stables, lock up, and historic courthouse open for a meander through. The bluestone lock up contained an unexpected interactive exhibition, which revealed itself as you entered a rickety little cell. Jack Morph’s piece was entitled “First Man Buried on the Moon” and resembled a harp festooned in fairy lights alongside a giant screen with light imagery. It made a fun and playful addition. Live music complimented the fiesta scene, with several artists playing throughout the day to entertain the physically distanced crowd.
Hot cinnamon and sugar crepe in hand, it was time to return home, smitten with new wares and fresh discoveries from this enjoyable outing to Smythesdale. If you fancy arts, culture, food, and quaint Sunday drives in the country, be sure to put this annual event on the calendar for 2022. She’s a marvel!