THE sense of community was palpable in Jubilee Park yesterday as crowds turned up for the free Shared Fire event.
Performers from the Goat Track Theatre presented their Birds of a Feather spectacle, which involved actors portraying various species of Scenic Rim bird life, entertaining and mingling with guests throughout the evening.
Goat Track Theatre director Andrew Wright said the birds included galahs, magpies, a tawny frogmouth, bower birds, bush turkeys, kookaburras and a lyre bird.
“Each makes a different statement about how we relate to nature in the Scenic Rim,” he said.
The actors remained in character for the duration of the event and were a big hit with the crowd, especially the children, who “flocked” around them and chased with the magpies.
The new park installation had a good run too, with children keen to try the “human hamster wheel”.
There was a variety of options for dinner, with some families arriving with picnics and other taking advantage of the many street food vendors including Mayan cuisine, deep fried bacon strips and local sheep’s cheese platters washed down with locally produced ale.
As the sun went down, the fire pits were lit and the storytelling began.
Scenic Rim councillor Michael Enright was one of the storytellers and regaled a small gathering with tales of Beaudesert past and his family’s part in its history.
As Cr Enright spoke, it appeared his listeners could almost hear the sound of the horse carriages, trains and trams that used to run through the town and may even have been tempted to initiate a search for his great-grandmother Ma Warren’s shoe, lost in the mud on Eaglesfield Street when she arrived at Beaudesert in 1909.
The fire spectacle began with a welcome to country offered by Mununjali elder Auntie Verna Hill and a fire ceremony by local artist Derek Fogarty.
The Beaudesert People’s Orchestra gave an inspirational performance as local children paraded with lanterns they had made in the lead up to the Shared Fire event.