Tree Jumper winners and festival organisers at the launch on Friday night. (Back) Karina Devine, Tracey Vellacott, Jenelle Matthews, Julie Rappo, (front) Annette Stevenson, Helen Newton, Helen Kerr, Helen Stumkat, Judge Prudence Mapstone, Jenny O’Connor and Jessica Thompson.
Tree Jumper winners and festival organisers at the launch on Friday night. (Back) Karina Devine, Tracey Vellacott, Jenelle Matthews, Julie Rappo, (front) Annette Stevenson, Helen Newton, Helen Kerr, Helen Stumkat, Judge Prudence Mapstone, Jenny O’Connor and Jessica Thompson. Deanna Millard

More jazz, less jumpers at J&J

FESTIVAL-GOERS donned their favourite winter woollies at the weekend to jumpstart the annual Jumpers and Jazz festivities, but those extra layers proved hardly necessary.

Warwick Tourism and Events CEO Tracey Vellacott said she couldn't have wished for better weather for the weekend's program of events, with blue skies and warm days all weekend.

The events kicked off on Friday night with the official launch, and an assortment of events were held over the weekend, including workshops, jazz performances and a vintage car parade.

“The classic vehicles yesterday morning were a huge hit and that is something we can absolutely expand on in the future, especially for the guys who may not be interested in the crafts,” Mrs Vellacott said.

“I have done the rounds with the event organisers and everything I'm hearing at this point is excellent.

“The vibe has been fantastic. People are genuinely glad to be here and the hospitality mat has been thrown out.”

Warwick Art Gallery director Karina Devine said the feedback she had received on the opening weekend was fantastic, with organisers this year focused on a bigger and better program.

“We knew the first weekend was as popular as the last and we wanted to have something organised for every day to accommodate that,” she said.

Ms Devine said she was especially impressed with the quality of the tree jumper entries and said the arts of crochet and knitting were becoming more popular each year.

“I think people enjoy crochet and other handicrafts because it is something they can do with friends,” she said.

Two acts of vandalism on decorated trees at the weekend failed to dampen the positive atmosphere of the festival.

A 16-year-old girl and a 17- year-old woman were charged in the early hours of Saturday morning for allegedly damaging tree decorations in Leslie Park and Palmerin St.

Both were issued with a notice to appear in the Warwick Magistrates Court at a later date.

The festivities continue this week. Events include the Palmerin St Jazz Party on Saturday and Picnic in the Park on Sunday.



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