Eisteddfod stalwart honoured for 37 years of dedication
WHEN the 2015 Border District Eisteddfod gets under way at the Stanthorpe Civic Centre tomorrow the event will be missing one of its longest serving members.
Long-serving secretary and treasurer, Miss Joan Smith will be honoured at the event for 37 years of dedication to the eisteddfod.
"Joan was an original committee member of some five to six music and speech teachers who formed the Border District Eisteddfod Committee back in 1977 and even right up until her time of passing, Joan was fundamental in the organising and running of the eisteddfod," eisteddfod secretary Amanda Reimers said.
The Border District Eisteddfod has a long and proud history as a forum for talented people of all ages to achieve performance goals, learn about gracious winning and losing, build character and above all, experience the feeling of goodwill, friendship and an appreciation of excellence.
"The Border District Eisteddfod has grown over the years and attracts some 600 to 800 competitors in our 170 sections of competition on offer," Mrs Reimers said.
"Entries are mainly local but considerable support is received from Tenterfield, Warwick, Gatton and Inglewood."
Competitors will compete for a number of perpetual trophies, individual medals, championship trophies and even prize money in all dance, music, speech and drama and Italian speaking sections this year.
Four adjudicators will represent their respective fields.
The first day of the program will feature a jam-packed program of dance, showcasing talented individual performances across the genres of classical ballet, tap, jazz and modern expressive dance during the morning sessions, before the group sections take over in the afternoon.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday will showcase the music section of the eisteddfod.
"School groups from all over the Southern Downs district will perform in choirs and small instrumental groups on Thursday morning, followed by an exciting afternoon of keyboard and pianoforte solos," Mrs Reimers said.
"Friday is where our concert bands, string ensembles and instrumental sections of the Eisteddfod perform."
Mrs Reimers said Saturday would also be a popular day, showcasing a mix of talented vocalists, string players and even more pianoforte solos and duets.
"We are very fortunate to have an eisteddfod in our community for many years," she said.
"We wish all of our competitors a wonderful eisteddfod during 2015 and we look forward to many coming to cheer our performers on throughout the event."
Where: Stanthorpe Civic Centre.
When: Wednesday, June 3 to Saturday, June 6.
Tickets: $5 per person
Light refreshments will be available throughout the event.