OUR SAY: Take the plunge, enjoy it
IT WAS really pleasing to see so many people out and about on the weekend, enjoying what was on offer thanks to plunge festival.
There was a time when I'd go to a show at the Saraton Theatre to see a world-class performer and the venue would be lucky to hav a hundred bums on seats which, given the sheer size of the performance space, must have looked pretty dismal to the performer up on stage.
I felt embarrassed and confused about why people weren't embracing a golden opportunity for a reasonable price.
But not anymore. Something has happened in that 18-month period that has seen people come out and embrace what their Clarence towns have to offer and I don't think it all hinges on the highway upgrade.
As far as I was able to observe, this weekend was a stellar effort by residents, with more than 600 people attending the Flickerfest short film festival and Anh Do's show on Friday night at the Saraton while the Pelican Playhouse got a sizeable crowd for its latest production When Dad Met Fury on Saturday night.
There was certainly a buzz in the air and, given the recent success previous performers like Carl Barron and Guy Sebastian experienced here in the Clarence, there will be a lot more where this came from - thanks to people getting out and supporting their town's events.
Keep checking your plunge booklet for more great shows and events over the next couple of weeks.