Abbey rugs up for festival
THERE are still a couple of days until trees along Warwick’s CBD are adorned with jumpers and woollen garments, but the statue at Abbey of the Roses is already spruced up against winter chill.
Just three days remain until the official launch of this year’s Jumpers and Jazz Festival, with the jumpers set to be unveiled as the sun rises on Thursday.
Abbey of the Roses owners Sonia Hunt and Mark Cains have already got into the winter festival spirit, putting an early layer on their statue of St Joseph.
“Mark has had to get a ladder to put the scarf and beanie on St Joseph – it’s about three metres off the ground,” Ms Hunt said.
“We just love the way the trees are done up though.”
This is the first time the pair has been involved in the Jumpers and Jazz Festival, and they have two events on Sunday, July 24 and Saturday, July 30.
“We’ve got a morning tea and tour of the abbey, which starts off with scones, jam and cream and finishes off with a tour of the downstairs part,” Ms Hunt said.
Doors open at 10.30am and tickets are $14.50 for adults and $12.50 for seniors.
Meanwhile, Killarney has already got into the jumpers theme, with a number of trees boasting colourful creations already under the leadership of Sonya Carr.
The township was granted special permission to put their jumpers up early as Ms Carr would be away for the official unveiling.
“Daphne Pullen approached me and said ‘how about we do some trees this year’,” she said.
“We did the one outside the post office and got onto a bit of a roll, and people seemed to be happy to be involved.
“It’s lifted the spirits of the community at the time of the year when it’s cold and gloomy – we just want to be part of the excitement.”
The team put the tree jumpers up over the weekend, and are hoping they will stay out of target from vandals.
“Last year we didn’t do any; the year before we did and we had a little bit of trouble with vandalism,” Ms Carr said.
“That put me off a bit, but this year I have the confidence they’ll leave them alone.”
- Friday July 22, 6pm: Festival launch at art gallery (bookings essential).
- Saturday July 23, 10am and 1pm: Introduction to Amigurumi
- Saturday July 23, 10am: Jazz at the gallery.
- Saturday July 23, 10am and 1pm: Lantern workshop ($10).
- Saturday July 23, Yangan Hotel Christmas in July (tickets $50 at 4664 8213).
- Monday July 25, 10am: Chalk art workshop ($40).
- More information and bookings at 4661 0434.