A cloudy, rainy day greeted the Spring Parade this year but the parade marched on undeterred. School bands (Manly SS, Wynnum Nth SS), a pipe band, vintage cars, belly dancers and camels paraded through the streets of Wynnum. The pony club trotted past with a dedicated mum trailing behind to clean up the mess, even members without ponies participated (see photo below). Balloons and lollies were handed out to the children as the parade made its way to the Wynnum Manly foreshore.
After the parade children and adults alike enjoyed the rides, food and entertainment at George Clayton Park. The camel ride was very popular with many people taking the opportunity for a bumpy stroll around the park. Shame about the weather but still a reasonable turnout for an iconic Bayside event.
Congratulations to the dedicated Spring Festival team for another successful festival.
The Spring Festival is on this weekend. The highlights include: Friday 10th October
- 5.30pm a short play about a pelican outside the Wynnum library
- 6pm lantern parade starts at the Wynnum Library and finishes at George Clayton Park
- 7pm on stage at George Clayton Park Wynnum North High Dance Troupe
- 8.30 pm fireworks
- 9pm Don’t Tempt Thieves band
Saturday 11th October
- 1pm Spring Parade along Bay Terrace led by camels
- Entertainment all evening onstage
- 8.30pm fireworks
Sunday 12th October
- 7am to 2pm Wynnum on Wheels classic car show – Dreveson Park near Darling Point Special School
- 9am to 10.30 am Church service at Bandstand Park
- 5pm festival closes
All weekend show rides, sheep shearer, blacksmith, animal nursery, stalls and displays. The Wynnum Manly Historical Society display this year will be on the history of the Wynnum Manly Seagulls Rugby League Club.
The annual Spring Parade began on a soaring note as punk rockers, Don’t Tempt Thieves, brought their crowd-winning act to the local stage Friday evening. The home-grown rock outfit has steadily developed a reputation for dynamic delivery and punk-edged tunes that has attracted increasing attention from music mongers right along the east coast. A large and enthusiastic crowd clustered around the stage to witness the unique sound of Don’t Tempt Thieves whose energetic and vibrant set fixed the pace for the weekend.
In line with 85 years of tradition, the much anticipated Spring Parade traipsed through the streets of Wynnum in a torrent of colour and cheers. Among the marchers were members of the Wynnum Scout Group of 20 Bridge Street, Wynnum.
Joey Scout Leader, Linda Jones, otherwise known by her scout alias, Possum, stated that, “seeing the kid’s enjoyment and their faces when they achieved something wonderful, like completing crafts, or being in the parade and meeting new people” was what made being a part of the group so fulfilling. The Wynnum Scouts have been participating in the Spring Parade for over 10 years and note the festival as “our biggest fundraiser of the year”. Club members and volunteers were selling raffle tickets in mouth-watering meat and seafood trays and various gift vouchers and Labor MP Paul Lucas just managed to snatch up the last few tickets and show his support for the local community group.
Pauline Hanson was also present promoting legislation and her new book, Untamed and Unashamed which documents her unruly legal career. A double agenda also had her supporting boyfriend and country western singer Chris Callaghan who played at the festival twice throughout the day. Chris, who began his musical journey 38 years ago, was playing in Tamworth when he met Pauline and admitted bashfully that, “it took me a long time to ask her out for a drink.” Chris may have been shy of the ladies but he was certainly not shy of the stage, stating only moments after his first performance that he couldn’t wait to perform again later that evening. “It’s been a fantastic experience, and a great crowd,” he said.
Kerry Rea, Labor representative for Bonnor, was kept busy all day answering queries. Kerry was pleasantly surprised when onlookers began chanting “Kevin O7” during the procession earlier in the day. “It’s great to see such support.”
“It’s [the day] been a very positive experience, many people have come up to talk and there has been a huge display of interest in getting enrolled,” she said. As for the festival, “It’s great, I grew up in Wynnum so the festival has always been a huge part of my childhood and it’s great to be back. Wynnum Manly is just one of those areas that have always fostered a strong sense of community and that’s demonstrated in the amount of people who have come out today to enjoy the event.”
With 85 years behind it, the Bayside Spring Festival has become something of a tradition for those of the Wynnum Manly area. This weekend, the 12th, 13th and 14th October, the beautiful backdrop of the foreshore will once again play host to Brisbane’s longest running festival.
Themed, ‘Stairway to Heaven in 2007’, the carnival promises its revellers a weekend of rapturous entertainment and wonderful sights.
Festivities begin 5pm Friday evening in the Civic Centre Courtyard (Wynnum Library) with a special performance by local drumming group, Shakin Hide. The tribal drums will set the pace for the lantern parade which will leave the venue at 6:oopm, on its annual trek down to the Bandstand park, Cnr Penfold Pde and The Esplanade.
Local rock outfit Don’t Tempt Thieves, will be headlining the nights events, returning to their home town after a string of success along the East Coast. Their dynamic set will sound out at 8:30pm beneath the dying glow of the fireworks display.
Saturday 13th October brings with it the colourful tradition of the Spring Parade, with its enticing array of floats decked out to dazzle. Marchers are to assemble at 12:30pm at the Waterloo Bay Hotel, 75 Berina St, for a 1pm start. The march will then proceed down Bay Tce to end at the Bandstand Park where a host of rides and entertainers including singer songwriter Noel Parlane, local girl group, Lipstikk and children’s entertainment group Rainbow will be ready to impress the crowds with their varied performances.
The final day of the Spring Festival will feature, 'Wynnum on Wheels' a display of classic cars. As usual the park will play host to a multitude of rides, trade and industrial stalls and food stands in addition to the fantastic entertainment lined up, including dance, storytelling and songs. Fireworks will be held 8pm both Friday and Saturday nights.
Unfortunately the talent quest and tots and teens competition will not be running this year due to the resignation of the competition co-ordinator. They are however expected to resume again in 2008 bigger and better than before.
“We still have a variety of wonderful entertainment to occupy the crowds including a couple of new attractions such as the Radical Reptiles display and a rock climbing activity that we haven’t had before,” said Robyn Sipma, secretary of the event.
“The Spring Festival is all about bringing the Wynnum Manly districts, local businesses and wider community together for a fun-filled weekend and it’s always wonderful to see not just local, but residents from all over the place wanting to be involved.”
This year’s charity, The Royal Queensland Bush Children’s Health Scheme, was chosen by our first ever King of the Spring Festival, Trevor Maxwell. Trevor has been avidly fundraising throughout the year and generously donating time to the organisation of the festival. His efforts, along with those of the Spring Parade Association, will see hundreds of dollars going towards enriching the lives of children and families in remote rural areas.
For more information contact Robyn Sipma on Ph 3901 1725 or Fax 3893 0363.
Saturday, 14th October, saw the streets of Wynnum filled with colour and excitement as local residents gathered to witness once again, the Spring Parade. Floats, loaded with excited children and vibrant banners, classic, old-fashioned cars and marching bands featuring brassy tunes and beating drums, made their way down a street of admirers. Participation flourished this year with a vast array of local community groups and organisations taking part, many incorporating this year’s theme into their decorations.
A cute progression of local scouts sported cardboard banners with their hobbies scrawled across them in line with the theme, ‘Get Your Kicks in 2006’.
‘I get my kicks out of swimming, scouts and cooking’ one young girl had written across her cut out.
The girls and boys from the Bayside Soccer team also took the theme to heart, professing a love of soccer in bellowing chants. Giant soccer balls bounced across the float as organisers of the Bayside Soccer club ran alongside to keep up.
Science was the love of young students from Wynnum State High School who rolled through the parade in a marine studies boat ‘studying’ with science teacher, Mr MacPherson.
The final destination, the Festival held at the Bandstand Park, was as usual filled with rides, people and the wafting smell of hotdogs, doughnuts and other tantalising morsels. Local talent lined the stage, and later on a fireworks display marvelled the audience, particularly the younger members of the crowd. The Ferris wheel a token attraction towered above the site, an indispensable festival feature.
With the 60th anniversary coming up next year, planning is already underway to ensure the success of the milestone event. A huge thank you goes out to all those who continuously offer their support to this yearly celebration.
“So legend goes, many moons ago…” began Aunty Del Barton as giant puppets, replicating sea creatures of all shapes and colours, made their way to the front of the crowd gathered at the Wynnum Civic Centre (Wynnum Library) 4:30pm last Friday 13th.
Despite an ominous date choice the evening’s entertainment of ‘Oooze Pandemonium’ ran smoothly and to much avail, dispelling any superstitious misgivings.
The courtyard of the Wynnum Civic Centre proved too small a venue for the crowd of eager young children and parents that congregated tightly together to experience the Wynnum Spring Festival’s first ever giant puppet show.
Though the youngsters at first proved a hard crowd to please, from the first appearance of the giant creatures, the formerly restless children sat captivated as jellyfish, sea slugs and mud monsters danced out the story of our bay.
Jack, who had been participating in the puppetry workshops each Saturday for the past five weeks, admitted that he had been really looking forward to the performance and loved having the opportunity to work on the project. His carefully constructed Dragon wings rose above the crowd making quite a spectacle.
For a boy of 14, Jack demonstrated an extensive knowledge of the process involved in creating the overgrown sea creatures.
“First we had to come up with the idea, than we had to construct it with special material called ‘rattan,’ a bendable plant stem, much like bamboo sticks, which is very flexible and easily manipulated.” He explained.
Next grease proof paper and glue was combined to form a paper mache that was plastered across the bones of the structure before final paint and additional ornaments were added. It was a long and challenging process but one that reaped many rewards.
The response of the Wynnum Manly community to the workshops was very impressive, with the numbers of participation exceeding those of other similar ventures held in Redlands earlier this year and Cr Peter Cummings congratulated the community for their support.
Additional entertainment for the evening emitted a traditional feel, celebrating diversity through a range of cultural displays. The audience was introduced to Aboriginal tradition with a popular didgeridoo performance by Reinhardt King.
Children giggled in glee as they tried to guess the many animals heard in the music. With the help of hand gestures from Reinhardt, they recognised emu, snake, kangaroo and dingo in the low, guttural sounds of the ancient instrument.
A traditionally dressed, Michelle Kim treated the audience to a sample of Korean music on a stringed ‘Gayageum’ while Matthew Tut of the local Sudanese community played an energetic sample of African drums. The fast-paced rhythm of the drums was infectious and children clapped in time as Matthew lead the crowd in a call and response chant of African singing.
The evening was a great success and a repeat of the event next year will be a welcome inclusion to our annual celebrations.
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Spring Festival: Spring Festival Sunday Times
Sunday Spring Festival Times: 9.30 Church Service - church band 11.00 Release of the Peace Doves 11.00 Nathan and Natalie Wilcott Jazz Band 12.00 Rainbows childrens performers 12.45 Nicola Dean vocals 1.00 Rainbows childrens performers 2.00 Illegal Sand - rock band 3.00 Bay Fashion Frolics by Mary Beard 4.00 Afterthought - band
Saturday Time Table: 9.00 Julian Jones 12.00 Washuntara 1.00 Parade starts from the Waterloo Bay Hotel arriving at the grounds 2.15 1.00 Wynnum High School Symphonic Band 2.00 Wynnum High School Big Band 3.00 San Sisto College Band 4.00 Rainbows childrens performers 5.00 Sheldon College 5.30 Lipstikk - all girl band 6.15 Community Quest - Charity Queen 7.15 Rainbows childrens performers 8.00 Fireworks 8.15 Don't Tempt Thieves playing all originals (Web site www.donttempthieves.com) 9.00 The Looking Glass - cover band
Wynnum Spring Festival 2006 Friday Times: 4.30 Start at the Wynnum Library with Indigenous welcome. 4.35 Didgeridoo by Reinhardt. 4.45 Official speech by Peter Cumming, Kimelle Coke, and Desley Molnar. 4.55 African Drumming and Dance - Matthew Tut. 5.20 Indigenous story by Aunty Del Barton. 5.35 Didgeridoo 5.40 Giant Puppet Performance. 5.45 Puppet show leads into the Lantern Parade and off to the foreshore. 5.30 Rock band Illegal Sand at the Spring Festival ground. 6.30 Tots to teens fashion parade. 7.30 Wynnum North High Dance Troupe. 8.00 Fireworks. 8.15 Johnny Gray.
It’s that time of year again! In each day that stretches out before us, long and warm, are the tell-tale signs of the arrival of spring, bringing with it the colour and excitement of our annual spring revelry.
The Wynnum Spring Festival, which will be celebrating its 60th anniversary, next year, is the longest running festival in the local area. First founded by the Wynnum Ambulance as a means of raising funds for the local service, the annual festivities have become a much anticipated event, woven into the history of Wynnum Manly tradition.
Today the festival continues to raise funds for organizations in need, supporting a new charity each year. The chosen charity of 2006’s Spring Festival is the Special Olympics and as always the most dedicated fund raiser will be crowned Charity and Festival Queen on Saturday night.
In support of this year’s theme, ‘Get your kicks in 2006,’ Barry Myatt of the Spring Festival Association encourages everyone to take some time out to enjoy themselves.
“In this world of woes and stress, it’s important that everyone finds time to put their feet up and relax,” stated Mr. Myatt.
This Friday, 13th October, the Wynnum Manly harbour will be alight with lanterns of all colours and designs to highlight the official opening of the Wynnum Spring Festival. The lantern parade will start its trek at the Civic Centre courtyard (Wynnum Library), leaving at 6:30pm, to make its way down to the Bandstand park, Cnr Penfold Pde and The Esplanade.
This year however holds a first ever twist with the exciting addition of giant puppets. For the weeks leading up to the Festival the council has been running a program in conjunction with Upatree Arts Co-operative that allowed members of the community to participate in the construction of giant puppets over a series of 8 free workshops held in the Wynnum Library. The unique addition to the Lantern parade is expected to add an extra touch of magic to the event. With many of our local schools involved, alongside guides and scouts of the area, it is sure to draw a crowd.
Saturday 14th October brings with it the colourful tradition of the Spring Parade, with its enticing array of floats decked out to dazzle. The march takes place at 1pm, beginning at the Waterloo Bay Hotel, 75 Berina St, and continuing down Bay Tce to end at the Bandstand Park.
The final day of the Spring Festival will feature, 'Wynnum on Wheels' a display of classic cars. As usual the park will play host to a multitude of rides, trade and industrial stalls and food stands in addition to the fantastic entertainment lined up, including talent competitions, dance, storytelling and songs by professional musicians.
Fireworks will be held 8pm both Friday and Saturday nights.
For more information contact Barry Myatt on 3893 0360.
The Bayside Spring Festival was all about Jump N Jive and was another Spring Festival full of community spirit and good fun. The festival attracted more rides this year with a great 3 rides for $5 deal. This year's festival saw the return of the Spring Festival Talent Quest with some great acts including dancing, singing and music. Dianne Thane, Talent Quest organizer said she was very happy with this years turn out and is looking forward to making the Talent Quest even bigger next year, Results will be posted here soon!
The Spring Festival Baby Show is on the 10th of September at Wynnum Plaza. It is a 9.30am sign on for a 10.00am start. The entry fee is $20.00 per child or $30.00 per family. This includes all categories. If all entrants could send in entry forms early that would be great. Pictured is Braedon Prior 19 month's old Braedon is one of this years contestants. We invite every one to enter and those who have children who are older than 4, they can take part in the tots to teens which is on Friday the 7th of October.
Any questions please contact Amanda on 3904 7475 or Barry Myatt Realty on 3893 0360 and ask for Debbie. Entry form is available in our Spring Festival Documents section along with Stall and Parade entry forms. Click Here!
The Bayside Spring Festival is currently looking for entrants for the 2005 Community Quest.
If you would like to help your favourite charity and be involved in a community event please contact Barry Myatt on 38930360 for entry form and details.
This years Spring Festival will be on 8th, 9th and 10th of October so start planning your float for the Spring Parade on the Saturday
Spring Festival: Cumming get Public Liability Requirement Reduced
Councillor Peter Cumming has announced that he has managed to get the public liability requirement for the Wynnum Spring festival reduced from $20 million of cover to $10 million. Cr. Cumming said he had spoken to Council staff who had reduced the level of cover required when it was pointed out to them the dire financial straits the organising committee found themselves in could threaten the continued existence of the festival.
The Bayside Spring Festival was held over the weekend. This year saw some great entertainment with two stages running the whole weekend, with a great selection of rides for the young and older kids. The huge display of classic cars was a major spectacle and attracted car buffs from all over Brisbane.
Saturday Caprice Dancing School put on a great display of tap, character and jazz dancing. Sunday morning was the talent quest which saw some great young dancers and singers. (Wynnum Manly On-Line was one of the sponsors) In the Juniors Section: 1st was Jake Mangakahiti (jazz dance), 2nd was Alanna Woods (Singing) and 3rd was Zenlyn Raiburn (jazz dance). In the Seniors Section: 1st was Brea Stanbridge (singing), 2nd was DJ Thompson (singing) and 3rd was Vanessa Moltzen performing Hey Big Spender. In the Group Section: 1st was Claire Fardoulys, Yasmin Burchill and Danika Butler (jazz dance), 2nd was Nadia and Danika Butler (jazz dance) and 3rd was the Moreton Bay College Celtic Band.