BOBBY DAZZLERS: Jumpers and Jazz committee members Bette Bonney, Pam Burley and Sally Edwards are ready to shine this weekend.
BOBBY DAZZLERS: Jumpers and Jazz committee members Bette Bonney, Pam Burley and Sally Edwards are ready to shine this weekend. Bianca Hrovat

Sparkling new JandJ event showcases Warwick winter

THE Rose City is set to sparkle this weekend as Jumpers and Jazz welcomes a bright new star to its event line-up.

Twilight Jazz in the Park will begin at Leslie Park on Saturday evening as the sun begins to set on Queensland's quirkiest winter festival.

Punters will relax beneath a blanket of Southern Downs stars as the dulcet tones of Robyn Brown showcases beloved jazzy classics.

The new addition is a "brave” move for festival co-ordinators, who were encouraged to provide an event that offers visitors a taste of frosty Warwick winter.

"It was a response to lots of comments last year from people saying how warm it was during the day and how disappointed they were they were unable to wear all their lovely, quirky jumpers, gloves and beanies,” events co-ordinator Pam Burley said.

Mrs Burley said the committee felt it was important they consider guests' feedback.

"We're dedicated to the continuous improvement of the festival and responding to what our audience tells us is incredibly important,” she said. "We wanted to create an event that could guarantee them a wonderful winter experience.”

Mrs Burley hopes the night sky will be bright and clear for visitors, many of whom are rarely treated to the shining country stars.

The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts an ideal low of 4C with only a five per cent chance of rain.

"We have a magnificent sky and city people don't get a chance to appreciate that,” MrsBurley said.

"There is nothing more beautiful than to walk outside on a crisp winter night and look above to a canopy of stars.”

Weather was the greatest concern for the event co-ordinator, who said she was pausing her prayers for rain, just for that evening.

The success of Twilight Jazz is crucial to the bottom dollar of volunteers, who rely on more than 200 ticket sales to cover the thousands of dollars spent on bands, food and wine.

"We're trusting we're going to get support, but you just don't know until the night,” Mrs Burley said.

About 40 local volunteers will help set up and run the event, with Peta Murphy from Weddings and Events Warwick donating her time to style the event with lighting effects.

Visitors and guests will be treated to five hours of jazz from festival favourites and newcomers while they sample a smorgasbord of local food and wine.

Mrs Burley said the committee was anxious to see if they are able to deliver everything people are hoping for.

"I want people to have a sense of anticipation,” she said.

"My great delight is seeing people in there, at the event, just enjoying themselves.”

Twilight Jazz in the Park will be held from 4-9pm Saturday.

Seating and heating will be provided but punters are encouraged to dress warmly and bring their crocheted blankets to ensure they are comfortable.

Tickets are $20 on the door or via warwicktickets.com.au.



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