Picnic day a community celebration

April 2, 2008

Around 200 local residents and many more passing visitors enjoyed some very high standard entertainment last Sunday at the Port Arthur Picnic.

Despite the weather appearing to threaten a few times, the day remained fine and mild. First up was the Peninsula’s own party band, Cow Jones and the All Ordinaries and their own very special interpretive dance troupe, the Wahini Wigglers, who hula’d, tangoed and belly-danced their way through an hour and a half of live musical entertainment.

During a short break, the audience was kept amused by the antics of acoustic musical duo The Underwater Tiger Wrestlers before sitting back for the highlight of the day.

Tasdance had the audience entranced with its program One for Sorrow, Two for Joy, which opened with a short but very emotional work inspired in part by stories of convict imprisonment at Port Arthur.

The troupe continued through a program that was physical, funky, graceful and very engaging, winning new fans and confirming their place at the forefront of the Tasmanian arts arena.

The gourmet barbecue stall, operated by a team of Port Arthur’s multi-skilled staff, had a busy day serving local produce including wallaby burgers, venison sausages, grilled marinated quail and Bream Creek wines.

Cow Jones and the All Ordinaries with the Wahini Wigglers out the front

Cow Jones and the All Ordinaries with the Wahini Wigglers out the front

Playing a bit of 'country and eastern'

Playing a bit of ‘country and eastern’

The Underwater Tiger Wrestlers serenade a bystander

The Underwater Tiger Wrestlers serenade a bystander

The hard-working crew at the gourmet barbecue stall

The hard-working crew at the gourmet barbecue stall

Tasdance opened with an emotion-filled work

Tasdance opened with an emotion-filled work

Athletic performance

Athletic performance

Elegance & grace

Elegance & grace