Music, singing, dance, a festive parade, a great venue, even fireworks – The Bowral Family Carols on December 7 was an all-round top night out. All this was topped off with fantastic weather.
While the organisers would not have been able to control the weather they certainly ticked all the boxes as far as every other detail was concerned.
But that shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who has enjoyed a great, well-organised and highly entertaining event in the Highlands.
A reflection of 2017 should help most people realise there have been many great activities and shows held in this community over the past 12 months.
Without a doubt Highlanders know how to put on a show. And for the most part these Highlands highlights are driven by some very hardworking volunteers focussed on making this community a great place to live.
There have been a variety of stage productions presented by dedicated theatre groups and talented performers – The Odd Couple, The Vagina Monologues and several impressive school productions, to name a few. There have been hugely successful sporting events – The Bowral Classic and the Rugby 7s quickly spring to mind.
There are the many popular annual attractions such as rural shows at Bowral, Robertson and Moss Vale and Brigadoon which are always a hit with locals and visitors alike.
And of course there are those special celebrations –sesquicentenaries are high on the program these days with Bowral and Moss Vale Train Stations and Bowral Public School all marking their 150th birthday in 2017.
Yes there has been no shortage of wonderful entertainment and attractions offered in the Highlands in 2017. But perhaps the most impressive quality of all these activities and events is that they are all supported and often driven by volunteers.
Yes selfless, talented people with a love of their community and a drive to contribute to the success of that community are the driving force behind much of what entertains and inspires us in Southern Highlands.
Well done to everyone involved in bringing so many memorable attractions and activities to this community, especially the volnteers. International Volunteer Day may have been held on December 5, but it is clear that volunteers are central to the success of this wonderful community year round.