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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Jacaranda Avenue - Today & Yesterday


The Jacaranda Festival began in 1935 in Pound St Grafton. Initially it was a folk dancing festival with the citizens of the town gathering under the trees to watch children present a pageant. The following night the adults merrily danced  to an adapted version of the Cornish Floral Dance.


These days Jacaranda Avenue plays no part in the festival.


3 comments:

  1. That beautiful street looks familiar! I took a picture there, I think. Must have been when I was volunteering at the Good Samaritan Donkey Sanctuary. Are you near them?

    Love your old photo. The festival must have been really something to see.

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  2. Jacaranda Avenue looking good. We were in Grafton for the Thursday last year and there didn't seem to be as much folk dancing in Market Square as I remembered.
    Actually, I emceed the Queen Crowning one year, and I must go through my box of old photos and see which year it was, probably around mid-late '70s.

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  3. Jacarandas are simply stunning trees. I love painting them & they are by far the most popular subject in my paintings.
    I just sent a 4ftx4ft Jacaranda painting from Western Australia to Florida.
    http://rex-woodmore.weebly.com

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