It was a bright, shiny, warm and windless day, rare of late, for the Quaama Spring Fair on Saturday 19 November. Market stalls, kids’ craft activities, eating and drinking and chatter on the lawn. But the hum of activity quietened and almost stopped when the young man picked up his guitar and sent a string of bluesy, soulful notes from the verandah.
Connor Ross claimed to be unprepared – he had completed a three-hour HSC Ancient History exam the day before – but no apologies were necessary. On strings or accompanying his own tracks on trumpet, he charmed the crowd. Looking forward to hearing more, Connor.
Also of note were Rebekah Platts, Carrie Evans, Matilda Sutherland and Daisy Boyle, who played and sang a couple of sets, also original songs. Lovely stuff.
On the other stage, Veronica Valderama led a Flamenco Dancing masterclass, which proved so popular that we may see local Flamenco classes soon.
We also heard from Jurnee Onawa about the Black Wattle School, from Annie Werner about a community poultry initiative, from Chris Post about regenerating the Dry River riverbank, and from Mark Moss about biochar and permaculture.
Under the oak tree, the young (and some not-so-young) involved themselves in fabric painting and reverse-garbage sculpture.
It was a lively, warm, busy scene of a small community coming together to share music, dance, knowledge and experience, with a little low-key commerce thrown in. And a meal, and some laughter.