Your 2020 Jumpers and Jazz celebrations sorted
WE"RE almost halfway through July, and as Warwick residents start to don their very best jumpers, one can't help but notice TJ Byrnes is missing his, as are the Palmerin St rees.
If you're feeling Jumpers and Jazz FOMO, you're not alone.
Fortunately, our region has banded together to do their best to ensure the sax and spinning spirit lives on.
Here are the top ways to celebrate Jumpers and Jazz this year:
ATTEND THE COUNTRY HARVEST MARKET
The Warwick and Rodeo Society was just ramping up to bring the brand new Food and Wine Feastival to the region when the pandemic first struck.
Luckily, that's not deterred the organisation from bringing local produce to us, or filling the gap of the sorely missed Celebration of Local Flavours.
This weekend will signal the first Country Harvest Market, showcasing the goods of farmers right from our backyard.
Alternatively, why not take a road trip to visit these producers, using the Southern Downs Food Map, launched at last year's Jumpers and Jazz.
TAKE PART IN TREES OF LOVE AND HOPE
AS PART of its #SupportSmall campaign, the Warwick Chamber of Commerce will run "Messages of Love and Hope", a competition designed to encourage residents to boost the local economy.
But the idea wouldn't have occurred without resident Clare Cotton's simple desire to keep a tree jumper tradition going in her own backyard this July.
Ms Cotton is encouraging members of the community to decorate or "dress up" a tree in their yard.
In Killarney, Sonya Carr was also rallying behind a similar movement, vowing to the keep the crafty event alive for her young granddaughter.
So if you have some wool, a tree, a fence or boundless imagination why not join in the fun?
GRAB A POTTER'S MUG
WINTER just isn't the same without the annual Jumpers and Jazz Soup Night but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a warm beverage or two with a handcrafted mug.
The Warwick Potter's Association still has work available on their website to purchase.
They will also be participating in CBART later this year so keep an eye out for possible future events.
CHECK OUT POP UPS
OUR favourite spinners and weavers haven't let a lack of knitting needles around town stop their from showing off their wares.
As of next week, The Warwick Spinners & Weavers Group Inc will have a pop-up shop in Palmerin St.
The 107 Palmerin St store (beside the old Mussels building) will be open from July 22-25 for anyone wanting to browse their handmade winter woollies.
WHILE the Yarntopians will be noticeably absent from the Warwick Art Gallery this July, that doesn't matter you can't get your dose of crafty creations.
Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms is a new and immersive exhibition featuring craft-based materialities with a political intent.
Warwick Art Gallery director Karina Devine said it was a travelling show she'd been waiting three years to bring to the Rose City.
The exhibition runs from July 2 - August 29.
For more information head to the Warwick Art Gallery website.