Well the MC gig at the Merimbula Jazz Festival went off without a hitch. I was the master of ceremonies at our local RSL club on the Saturday night and our golf club on the Sunday afternoon. The town was abuzz with Jazz fans and most of the venues around town were booked solid. Desiree joined me for one of the gigs and she really enjoyed the jazz.
The Jazz Festival must bring a ton of money to our town and it is good to see an event that is run professionally and with the support of its patrons. What did occur to me was that the Jazz fans are now starting to age. I would say that there were very few of the Jazz fans on the lower side of 50. I was wondering if this is the norm for Jazz fans all around the world and whether there is anything that can be done to promote Jazz to the younger generations. The festival has become such an important part of the Merimbula tourist plan that it would be sad to see it decline over the next 10 years. We probably need to start to think about other events to supplement the tourists that visit for the Jazz Festival.
We have had a number of people stay at Bimbadeen since the Jazz Festival, most have been children with cerebral palsy and their carers, giving the parents some much needed respite. We have some bookings over the next few weekends, so the word is starting to get out that our facility is an easy & relaxing place to stay for people with disabilities and access issues.