Posted by: jkirkby8712 | March 19, 2012

Saturday, 17th March 2012 – Sunfest day in Sunbury

But first things, my little piece of poetry contribution this morning, for Face Book came from Robert Browning, and was titled ‘Meeting At Night’.  Browning’s poetry was one of my English literature texts way back in 1964, but I don’t recall us been asked to read anything short like this selection  –  we had to study the lengthy, almost novel style poetic sagas like ‘The Flight of the Duchess’, or ‘The Bishop Orders His Tomb’, or, ‘My Last Duchess’, or, ‘Fra Lippo Lippi’, and so on – a lot of obsession with duchesses and the like, are obvious in Browning’s poetry. Anyway, I decided that none of those ‘drama lyrics’ were quite suitable for this morning’s contribution, hence my selection, as below.

The grey sea and the long black land;

And the yellow half-moon large and low;

And the startled little waves that leap

In feiry ringlets from their sleep,

As I gain the cove with pushing prow,

And quench its speed i’ the slushy sand.

Then a mile of warm sea-scented beach;

Three fields to cross till a farm appears;

A tap at the pane, the quick sharp scratch

And blue spurt of a lighted match,

And a voice less loud, thro’ its joys and fears,

Than the two hearts beating each to each!

[‘Meeting at Night’ by Robert Browning, 1845]

As for the remainder of this Saturday, I would spent the bulk of the period from 10am until near 5 pm, on the Village Green in Sunbury, helping to supervise the 3NRG stall. Not a great deal of activity, certainly prior to the lunchtime parade of floats, etc, as our stall had been located in what was a relatively ‘off the main thoroughfare’ location on the Village Green, just adjacent to the St Mary’s Church building, so we not getting the bulk of the passing traffic. Subsequently the only fundraiser we had going –  a raffle for the station, didn’t do as well as we might have hoped.  The spruikers [or sales types] amongst our members, were all missing today, and those of us who put in an appearance, were not at the same level of ‘salesmanship’ [certainly, that is not my thing!!  But, we did have a presence in the Festival,  and also, somewhat surprisingly picked up an award, for the station ‘float’ [which was basically Steve’s ‘exotic’ panel van toeing a decorated trailer!!! – Don’t think we had much opposition in that particular category.  This year is the 36th year of SunFest [or the Sunbury Fair or Festval – various name changes], being held on the 3rd weekend of March each year, and is held over the two days. It is generally well supported by local traders, businesses, residents, community groups, and visitors from out of town. A range of attractions, in addition to the many stalls, and ‘circus’ type entertainment venues, are held on the main stage, and the dance floor, with a mix of local talent, national acts, award winning entertainers and childrens’ entertainment. The Grand Street Parade has been held for about 30 years, while on Sunday this year, we have the second official SunFest – Walk or Run for Fun event [which I didn’t take part in!!]  This event is organised for Sunday morning, and charities supported this year will be Multiple Sclerosis, Cystic Fibrosis and the Leukaemia Foundation. He latter charity is specifically supported in September each year, under the title of ‘Light the Night’ Walk, in support of the Leukaemia Foundation and people with blood cancer.

Whilst I was at the Village Green today, I went for the occasional wander around the area – a large number of business and community stalls, entertainment, exhibitions of various activities, and of course, the Uniting Church was running it’s regular morning teas/trash & treasure/craft stall/Leprosy Mission/ and book stall – chatted briefly to one or two people associated with the church, including the Minister who despite my absence for the past two years, was extremely friendly, and certainly, outwardly non-judgemental. I was left feeling somewhat guilty that I’d not been around for most of the time he’d been at the church – just a coincidence as far as timing was concerned, but nevertheless, I didn’t feel that comfortable about the situation. Earlier, Barry H turned up at the 3NRG stall briefly, but there was no sign of Ruth during the day. Meanwhile, a number of 3NG personnel who usually assist on these occasions did not put in an appearance today. Principally today, there was myself, Mike C, Ollie, John & Maureen, Steve, Gus, and Geoff M, while Christine stopped by briefly for a chat at one point.  I was pleased to see Jodie on a number of occasions during the day – came looking for me, and also to watch some of the live acts [rock bands, etc] – she had a girlfriend with her, a pretty little thing whom I’d not seen around before [not unusual, as I’m not in the habit of frequenting the places Jodie goes for entertainment!!]. James was going to put in an appearance but left his ‘run’ too late.

I left just before 5pm,  after we had packed up the stall equipment etc – didn’t think of it until afterwards, but I should have gone up to the studio to help ‘onload’ the gear, although I think there were enough on hand for that task. In fact, that night, your ‘personal essayist’ was totally exhausted – not interested in cooking, though still had to go back out again to buy something for Susan [she seemed to be having a weekend at home, apart from shifts at the bakery] – sat down later and watched the Final of the football pre-season game between  West Coast Eagles [from Perth] and the Adelaide Crows, played over in Adelaide – in the end a strong win to Adelaide, although I don’t think I saw the end of the game – was in bed by 9pm, only to be totally disturbed by the proverbial ‘fireworks’ display at 9.30pm. Not sure where they let them off, but it sounded as though they were all exploding right over the top of our roof!!  Right on scheduled time, at 9.30, but thankfully, only lasted less than 5 minutes! At which point, silence reigned again!

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