The simple things
As you drive around the North West coast at this time of year it’s hard not to be distracted by the broader landscape as it slowly wakes from a winter slumber and dresses for spring. In fact I think that’s why many of us feel so connected here. It’s not just the community and family ties, it’s the way the place looks, the seasons, the colours, the way it smells and tastes. It’s about how it connects with all our senses that burns it into our psyche. It’s quite simple really.
In 2016 Burnie Shines is all about local people celebrating and enjoying those simple things; working together to highlight one aspect or other of the tapestry of life in North West Tasmania during spring.
Nature gives us the thumbs up with fields of tulips and irises to take our breath away. Cherry blossom in soft hues of pink and white burst from their branches and carpet the ground in soft petal rain. Orchids are showing off at shows and the happy faces of bulbs hidden for a year, are again revealed in unlikely places. There are open gardens; waterfall tours and a movie about a new ways to farm that heal the land, book launches and heavenly high end floral art demonstrations.
The chooks are laying and new spring produce can be found at markets and fairs. This year there a fine feasts, long table lunches and high teas to get us out of home hibernation and indulging in this bountiful life with family and friends.
No celebration would be the same without music and there are grand orchestras, children’s concerts, old brass and new jazz scheduled and well as cruisey contemporary Sunday afternoon sessions at The Point. Wicked is on at the arts and functions centre and there are about 20 other musical events in Burnie throughout October to indulge in.
We acknowledge and honour the work of our featured artist Patrick Grieve, who has spent the last 25 years studying and painting the North West Tasmanian landscape.
This October there’s so much stuff for kids to do; new movies timed for the school holidays, going to the show; checking out the new pool or just flying a kite at the beach. They can join a fun run, learn to make stuff, buy some cheap books, take their teddy to a picnic or jump on a bouncing castle at a school fair.
If you’re feeling fabulous you can have a crack at the Burnie 10 or frock up and clink a glass at interesting exhibition openings, dinners, high teas, cocktail and garden parties, as you help raise funds for local community groups and projects in the company of friends.
North West Tasmania is not a manufactured place, it’s real. And we’re real people with excellent tastes who appreciate simple things, and because of our natural advantages, we do some of those simple things better than most places in the world. So take a moment this October to take a real look around you; take a deep breath and a moment to appreciate the simple things in life.
We extend this warm invitation to you to experience some of those simple things during Burnie Shines 2016. So spring into it!