FESTIVAL FUN: Ipswich’s seniors enjoyed many events in this year’s Ipswich Festival.
FESTIVAL FUN: Ipswich’s seniors enjoyed many events in this year’s Ipswich Festival. CONTRIBUTED

Senior Matters: Festival full of great acts for seniors

THIS year's Ipswich Festival produced a smorgasbord of entertainment and events enjoyed by our senior citizens.

Whilst many of the 52 events were targeted towards the general community, a number attracted more of the older generation.

The seniors' concert, An Old Slouch Hat, was written and directed by talented locals Craig Taylor and Doug Moses respectively.

Both are closely associated with the Ipswich Little Theatre. The show included the Ipswich Seniors Concert Group in song, dance and comedy and was enjoyed by a packed house.

The concert celebrated the strong ANZAC tradition and sense of fun and good-natured camaraderie that Australian soldiers created during both world wars in order to overcome the daily trials of their environment.

Lunchtime sessions in the Ipswich Mall were another hit with many of our older folk.

Back to Basics created nostalgia recreating the era of the Andrew Sisters while the Ipswich City Orchestra romanced the audience with Strauss Waltzes and the Ipswich Suzuki Music School played some old-fashioned bluegrass music.

Comedy duo, the 'Swingin Martinis' entertained the crowd with renditions of songs by artists like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tom Jones and ABBA.

Older folk were also attracted to other events such as the Quilt show in St Paul's Anglican Church.

This has always been a crowd pleaser as people view the diverse skills of the quilts on display.

Another night of sheer enjoyment, again in St Paul's Anglican Church, was Opera Acoustics.

Local opera singer, David Hubbard, starred in this show along with five other singers, which was inspired by the beauty, history and architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church.

About 200 people attended this special event and all agreed it was an excellent evening of music.

Of course it is not just these types of events that attract our senior citizens.

Many revel in the Jazz, Wine and Blues festival in Queens Park, the Ipswich Orchid Society's Autumn Show, which includes the Ipswich and District Bromeliads Society, The Ipswich Heritage Tour, The Proms 2015 in the Civic Hall, Coucals Open Garden and the Ipswich Doll Gala Fair.

The Ipswich Doll Gala Fair is one of Queensland's largest Doll and Bear shows and attracts hundreds of people, many of whom are collectors.

This fair is held every year as part of the Ipswich Festival and draws visitors from far and wide.

The festival included many more events attracting our seniors, who mingled with families, young people and children.

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