Thoughts on our Spring Festival. (Extract article from the volume 2005/3 Newsletter)
The Spring Festival follows a seemingly traditional format which runs something like this;
I keep asking myself this question. Why do we have such a disjointed affair strung out over a period of a week?
2005 was my first Kite and Zandvlei Spring Festival experience and what a joyful revelation it was. It gave me great pleasure to see the thousands of people flocking through the security gates with pets accompanying many, all under a colourful mantel of vibrant kites of all types and sizes.
It also provided an opportunity for, the Scouting fraternity, ofther organisations and us, the Zandvlei Trust to reveal ourselves to the unaware public.
By far, the most important ingredient on the days, was wind. Without wind, kites do not fly and without it windbourne pollination cannot take place. Windbourne seed distribution is also a failure when there is no wind. Perhaps it is this common denominator that attracts the first stage of Zandvlei Trusts Spring Festival to the Kite festival?
Then there followed two mid week cultural evenings with illustrated talks presented by the top dogs in their various fields. Always enjoyable to me, but what disturbed me most was the abysmal turn out. I ask myself another question are our Zandvlei Trust members, who were only conspicuous in their apathetic abstinence, only giving us lip service? Is this the ancient rule of thumb, stating a fact that 10% of a total membership will actually support functions!!
Our Heritage Day function on Saturday morning, was an outstanding event. We were entertained in the Zandvlei Nature Reserve Education Centre by three musicians - an acoustic guitarist, a percussianist with a didgeridoo and a narrator / poem reader. They had the faithful, few attendees, spelbound for an absorbing 60
The muse reflects
Our revels are now ended, these our actors
(Apologies to Shakespeare)