The Queensland festival sees the CBD and many other areas transformed into an outdoor art gallery as trees, buildings and statues are creatively decorated with textile artwork. Anyone can participate in the event, resulting in flamboyant, colourful, heart-warming and often comical entries. At the same time, there is a program of jazz concerts at numerous venues throughout the area.
The event’s theme this year was ‘Bohemian’, and Regency Park residents added their own twist to their creation by incorporating some traditional Native American inspired craftwork and a couple of life-size models too.
“Most of the village was involved in putting the creation together,” says Ms Grayson, a Regency Park resident. “We’ve been doing this every year for the past four or five years, it gets everybody together as part of an extended community.”
Retirement Living Manager Chris Newley says group activities like crafting for Jumpers and Jazz tribute demonstrate what can be achieved by like-minded social residents. “The craft group along with other resident volunteers plan and make the decorations and then come together as a group to decorate the tree,” Mr Newley says. “This is the best one yet!”
Planning for the tree decorations started around a month before the event. As well as making the ornate dream catchers and the colourful trunk wrap, residents creatively used donated scarves, blankets and other winter woollies to decorate the tree.
Regency Park Retirement Village is expanding and Churches of Christ Care will be unveiling its limited eight unit release there at a Queensland Seniors Week open day on Wednesday 17 August.