Raymond Terrace trees are in bloom and the Jacaranda Festival is back

Maddi Price, owner of United Dance and Liz Murray, Jacaranda Festival Coordinator.
Maddi Price, owner of United Dance and Liz Murray, Jacaranda Festival Coordinator.

 

THE Jacaranda Spring Festival is coming up fast, with organisers releasing an exciting, jam-packed program for this weekend.

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The event will be held across three venues- Jacaranda Avenue, Rectory Homestead and Raymond Terrace Bowling Club auditorium.

The festival will be opened at 10am by Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer, and an Indigenou welcoming ceremony will be performed by Tarryn Roche to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land.

A series of performances will entertain the crowds, including Thou Walla drumming group, Dance Extreme, United Dance, Dance of life Belly dancing, Mei Walker cultural dance, Celtic choir and harp, Zumba with Belinda and Shane and the Raduga Trio.

The Raymond Terrace Bowling Club auditorium will host the Irish dancers-Voyage of Irish dance and the Raymond Terrace has Talent contest (ages 7-18yrs).

Jacaranda Avenue will showcase the Gym 21 display, roving belly dancers and free twisted animals by The Balloon Guy.

Workshops will be running all day with Drumming on Jacaranda Avenue, Soul Fire Circus skills on the Rectory Grounds and a Dream catcher workshop, Photogram workshop and Art heroes workshop on Jacaranda Avenue.

Jumping Castle and Face painting will be in the Rectory Grounds, and there’ll be clowns and other amusement rides on Jacaranda Avenue.

Liz Murray told News Of The Area, “This festival is so strongly about engaging the community.”

“Come and enjoy live performances, junior talent quest, workshops and stalls along with some historical information, charm and comfort of the 1800s rectory.”

“See our avenue in full flower, a community event in Jacaranda Avenue, the historic rectory and Raymond Terrace Bowling Club.”

“Come and enjoy live performances, there will be prizes for picture perfect in purple, photography, art workshops, junior talent quest, live music, dance, food stalls and more,” she said.

 

By Rachael VAUGHAN

 

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