From ADFAS Rockhampton Chair, Bernadette O’Connor:
Our member’s excursion to the Brigalow Arts Festival went ahead on the 27th October, with our bus load of 52 enthusiastic travellers. Our morning tea stop was at the State Heritage listed “Greycliffe Homestead” in Biloela. We were warmly welcomed by the members of the Banana Shire Historical Society and were free to roam through the rooms of this unique dwelling.
We were then offered a copious and delicious morning tea and chatted with society members to find out more about this early homestead. Our committee member, Diane Hume, told me later that several ladies recognised friends from their youth, whom they had not seen in over 30 years! Perhaps some old friendships will be renewed?!
In due course, we set off for the Regional Art Gallery where again we were warmly welcomed by the Committee President, Glenda Semple. Our group was very impressed by the high level of the exhibited paintings, sculptures, ceramic installations and photography, The Brigalow Arts Festival is the Banana Shire’s longest standing Visual Arts awards event. It was hard to drag ourselves away from this “treat for the eyes”, but time was of the essence as our lunch at “Golden Park” Goovigen was being prepared.
This place is a hidden gem, set in a small rural town, on 3 acres where we were free to wander around, after a most enjoyable BBQ lunch, prepared and served expertly by Robert and Maree, our gracious hosts.
Time marched on and by 3pm we were being corralled onto our bus for the trip back to Rockhampton. I noticed a few nodding heads during the journey, but no snoring!
Needless to say a great time was had by all. Thank you Janet and Diane for all the work to make this happen.