#29 – Lota parkrun

November 20, 2017

Last Saturday was the launch of Lota parkrun, a free, weekly, timed 5km walk/jog/run at 7am every Saturday. Open to all ages and abilities. Organised entirely by volunteers. Friendly and fun.

Link to the Lota parkrun page

Lota joins sister suburb Wynnum in running a parkrun in our area.  I would say that through my participation in parkrun, I have gained a great sense of positive community feeling, meeting lots of new people (now many are good friends), as well as kicking off the weekend in such a great way.

The Lota course has a variation in surfaces: grass, concrete paths, gravel and possibly mud 🙂

I have included some photos from the launch, as well as 2 videos, one on the ground, and another of drone footage from 2  talented creatives, Nick and Hennie.

Hope to see you out there!

Event Directors Kurt and Victoria

Nick gets ready for some drone footage

 

so hot right now

Some many great crew came down to celebrate the launch.

Territory Director gets things underway (see post 1 for more on Alan and Roisin)

The next few photos are at the first turn around point near manly harbour.

So, how does one navigate the next leg without getting muddy? 

 

 

Scanning barcodes time

Volunteers were superb on the day, as always!

The following videos are superb, one from terra firma, and one from up high.

On the ground with Hennie

 

In the air with Nick

#28 – Ken Kunin

October 13, 2017

This week we meet Ken Kunin who is a musician, Personal Trainer, gym owner and the writer/performer of only the second song I have heard with Wynnum mentioned in it. Ken’s Living in Wynnum song is linked below.

Ken Kunin and his wife Kathy Sharp started Revolution Fitness 15 years ago. They predominantly focus on one on one personal training and Pilates. Every program is tailored to the individual as there is never a one size fits all solution. They work with everyone from young athletes to an older population with health issues that require a watchful eye.

Ken started On Song International this year which is a TV show in development featuring songwriters and not a karaoke elimination based show.

Ken is in pre-production with Ken Kunin & the Crooked Sky to release his 9th studio album next year.

It was great whilst chatting during the shoot, to have some great tunes being played,  I particularly enjoyed Matinee Cowboy.

I do enjoy my music, and we spoke about various bands, band members around the LA scene in the nineties, as Ken was amongst this scene in at the time. I mistakenly said I used to play, and noted a couple of chords and changes that I was enjoying while Ken was playing.  Then the hammer dropped when he said “you know you are not getting out of here without playing”. Oh, crap! You really need to learn to shut up Sean!  So I had a play on a beautiful Larrivee guitar, playing as badly as I remember, and Ken was ever so polite. I like polite people.

What brought you to the area?

My wife who lived in LA with me for 10 years is originally from Lota. After living in LA for 3 decades and being in a pretty tough music industry, I decided a sea change was in order and after several visits to Australia, it seemed a good idea at the time. It was also great moving to a place where you have family built into the equation.

Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?

I think it was memorable or at least different living in a small community where I would bump into people that you know so frequently. Being a trainer I would often bump into clients in the supermarket that would see me and say things like “You really made my arse sore this week” which in turn would get half the line turning around wondering just what it was I did for a living.

Using his love of fitness and music to make a living

What would you love to see in Wynnum?

I would love to see Wynnum come closer to reaching its potential in many ways. There are way too many shops empty,  we also have a council that absolutely acts like a mafia and basically aims to extort small businesses at every chance possible, and a night life that is borderline non existent. It is time to try some new things to modernize the area and just putting up more units isn’t the be all and end all solution. To do the same thing year in and year out expecting a different result doesn’t show too much intelligence. It is time to recruit some forward thinking people to shake things up and invest in a more progressive future.

Any link to a website that you would like to share?

I am pretty excited about the direction of https://www.facebook.com/onsongaus/ as it is really taking flight giving songwriters a chance to shine. Also for Revolution Fitness, please visit revfit.com

 

The gym is very well equipped with quality gear.

Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?

I would like to see you continue to do what you do which is cover people who aim to make the neighbourhood we live in a better place.

Get in contact with Ken for your fitness requirements

#27 – Savoyards

8 October 2017

This week we take a look behind the scenes of the Savoyards production, The Producers.  It was fantastic  to experience the friendliness and camaraderie of the cast and crew.

Now, confession time for me, I haven’t attended a performance by Savoyards before, and can only say that I had seen their signs, and knew that they were a local amateur theatre.  My experience blew me away with the professionalism of the group, and I am very thankful that Sherryl-Lee showed me around, behind the curtain if you will.

It really struck me how much of a community feel, and more so a family feel that this group had.  There were many relatives amongst the cast, crew and supporting team.  My guide, Sherryl-Lee, was behind the scenes soon after she was born, with her mum treading the boards in the 1960’s.  I heard that marriages have come out of the relationships formed within the group.

We first had a look at the stage around an hour before the show starts.

quite the roll call

so many marks on the stage

pre show discussion

sets getting moved in readiness for the performance

 in joke with the cast

This play’s premise is based on producing a play that is so bad that it will be a flop.  The play selected was “Springtime for Hitler“.  Whilst I did recall this fact, it was still a reflex for me to double take when I first saw the Nazi banners and costumes.  I did hear on the day about having multiple browser windows open researching various Nazi information could be a red flag if someone else happened to view your screen.

radio microphones charged and at the ready

each of the cast getting their specific mic for the show

So much support backstage!

footlights

I was then allowed into the dressing rooms to see the cast getting ready for the show.  They were all so lovely and welcoming and having a lot of fun together.  I was able to share a pre-show drink in the male changing room, which was very generous, and really set the tone that continued with the openness and friendliness in which I was received.

makeup time

Into the male dressing room, where there was lots of singing and fun conversation.

cheers!

Apparently, there is a ceremony just before curtain time with the rod below, by the male cast members. I didn’t witness, but I love that the tradition is carried through from show to show.

This staff has every show performed since 2002  

I then headed up to the catwalk with the lighting rigs and a couple of the “follow spots” are operated.

The orchestra pit just in front of the stage

final checks

follow spots nest

It was a great perspective of the theatre from the catwalk

It was then off to the lighting and sound area, where I met the crew having a catchup before show time.  I was fascinated when talking with Allan how the lighting and sound come together in design, setup and during the performance. So much so, that time got away and I heard the call that the audience will be coming in, in a couple of minutes.

View of the stage from the lighting desk

The lighting control was incredible!

Each mic is tested preshow, some funny interpretations of songs were done

Sound desk crew checking each of the mic’s

 

Best seat in the house

A lot of tech used, I kept saying to myself amateur theatre? No way!

looking back to the sound and lighting crew

My final stop on my tour was to the orchestra pit.  The theme continued with the friendly welcome and community feel, and I enjoyed watching the various musicians warming up, and chatting with their peers.  I loved being able to visit, as I always knew there were the musicians in front, but lower then the stage in these productions, but to see the setup, and the economy of space used, whilst producing the incredible quality of sound that I heard a little later was fantastic.

 

gorgeous saxophone

warming up

The audience started to roll in, and due to copyright, I wasn’t able to take photos of the performance, but it was so good.  It was great to see the acting, singing, dancing interspersed with some funny moments that gave great life to Mel Brooks’ play.

I must say that I was disappointed in myself that I hadn’t seen a Savoyard production before, but I now won’t have any hesitation in buying season tickets for 2018 as soon as they are available (next month), and with Les Misérables and Chicago the productions for next year,  I can’t wait to see such quality productions, in our community.

I am hopeful of being invited back, to see the early stages of one of the shows next year, from the set design, prop construction and costume making.

More details about Savoyards can be found at their website and facebook pages below.

www.savoyards.com.au

https://www.facebook.com/savoyards.brisbane/

 

#26 – Twilight Bay Run

23 September 2017

The annual Twilight Bay run was held today, in windy conditions, and was a sell out event! There was a carnival-like atmosphere with lots of friends and family supporting the runners.

The course showcased the waterfront, and also went through part of Wynnum central. The half marathon doing 2 laps of the course that the 10k participants did (with a little extra).

The course

calm before the storm

Selfie time

A lot of the athletes rolled, jogged and stretched before the start.

 

air time

The nerves kick in, and the toilet line grows

 

ready to start

heading into Wynnum Central via a ‘gentle’ hill

A few runners wanted this venue to be the official drink stop

Frankies showing their support

There were a number of water stations around the course, supported by volunteers. The Blood, sweat and beers running crew were at the North turn around at the dog park.  There was such a fun vibe and support coming from them.  There will be a future post about this running crew, a fun and inclusive group for all levels of runners,

 

The BSB motivation angels must have run a half marathon themselves!
great support by the younger crew

The runners get through a lot of water! 

#25 – Wynnum Croquet

September 8, 2017

This week we explore the world of croquet, with a visit to the Wynnum Croquet club, located in the sports precinct, amongst the tennis, lawn bowls and junior rugby league.  I was fortunate enough to visit whilst the national championships were being hosted in Queensland, with matches every day at Wynnum.

The club is located on the corner of Daisy and Colina Street, just near the RSL rail bridge that we all duck in our cars as we pass underneath. You can find out more about the club on their website

Entrance to the clubhouse

Ok, confession time, I knew little about the sport of croquet, but what better way of learning about than to reach out with this project and find out more.

I was welcomed in for a chat prior to the shoot, and Liz, the Club president was very helpful with my questions and when I could come back and shoot.

On the day of my shoot, Bruce Duffell showed me around, helped me staying out of the eyeline of the players competing, at least the Queensland players :), and explained the rules and play.  Bruce was a gracious host, answering my naive questions with a smile and demonstrations.

The hospitality offered was generous with tea / coffee as well as 2 different types of cake!

I was taken on to a court to see how play occurs.

 

I was a little nervous lying prone on the ground when the ball was stuck. I was assured it would hit the hoop and not come through to me, which was true.

 

Ensuring the hoops are set correctly between matches.

Play underway between Queensland and NSW in the doubles matches.

 

I can honestly say, that it looked like it would be a lot of fun to play, and you are able to receive free coaching from the club, which I will be taking up.  From an outsiders point of view, it looks like an easy game to start playing, but a hard game to master, with elements of golf and snooker in play.

Queensland won the day against NSW!

 

 

Honour Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

#24 – Studio Yellow

August 26, 2017

This week we get arty and visit Studio Yellow who provide some great classes specifically designed to help adults connect with their creative self, learn some new skills and stress less.  We met with Natalie at the Manly RSL, and whilst there were a few of the regulars away for this particular session, there was still enthusiasm abound!

Art classes would make for a wonderful gift for yourself or a loved one, so enroll in a class or grab a gift voucher.

Seems fitting that Studio Yellow meets up in the yellow Manly RSL

What brought you to the area?
In 1982, I started dating a boy I met at McDonalds Newmarket. I lived at Ashgrove but he lived in Gumdale. In December 1986, we were married so the Education Department gave me a transfer to Wynnum High School. I’ve been a south-sider ever since. In 1998, I started teaching at Moreton Bay College so I really feel connected to the Wynnum community now. When we celebrated the college’s centenary in 2001, I learn so much about history of the whole area.

Natalie ready for the class to start

The artist’s toolbox

Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?
Growing up I visited Wynnum often. I had 5 cousins (in two families) who lived here so I have lots of very fond memories of family gatherings. My father was also the Drum Major of the Brisbane Excelsior Brass Band so as a child I watched him lead the Wynnum Anzac Day Parade on many occasions.

Love the pineapple theme

What would you love to see in Wynnum?

I would like see more tourists enjoying the area. I think we need a caravan park with camping facilities to attract more visitors. A cinema would be nice too.

Check out studio yellow on facebook

Any link to a website that you would like to share?
Mine of course…..the best art experience you’ll ever have! www.studioyellow.com.au

It was a great journey to get you into the mindspace of these week’s art theme

Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?I love history so it would be great to see more old photos. There must be lots around, hidden away in family photo albums BF – Before Facebook.

Breaking down the drawing process

#23 – Wynnum Greys

 

August 18, 2017

This week we cover a community group, the Wynnum Manly Greyhound Owners.  We are very much dog lovers in our family, but our 4 legged family members have been labradors.  I haven’t had much experience with greyhounds, well except for the time our neighbour was fostering Tony, who had a great nature, and I thought where did I get the stereotype that they weren’t great pets?

I must say that they have a beautiful demeanour, and they loved the attention and pats that I was enforcing on them at last Sunday’s meetup.

Megan from the group contacted me to see if I could meet up and cover one of their monthly get togethers.  It was fantastic to see around 50 dogs, behaving so well together and their owners sharing a common bond.  You can visit their facebook page here.  Last Sunday’s walk went from the bandstand park to Manly and back, and didn’t the Brisbane winter put on a show!

Friendly and good natured greys

I asked Megan the regulation questions below.

What brought you to the area?

We were looking for a block of land and we had seen a block of land online. Wynnum wasn’t on our radar though we thought we would go for a drive and take a look. We fell in love with the place instantly.

 

Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?

I certainly have to say 50 greyhounds walking along the esplanade 🙂

 

What would you love to see in Wynnum?

I think it is beautiful the way it is though I would like to see a few more BBQ’s and shade gazebos along the waterfront and a pool like Southbank.

Quite a spectacle seeing the group enjoying the waterfront

Any link to a website that you would like to share?

Want to adopt or foster a greyhound? Click here. 

Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum? The Wynnum/Manly Men’s Shed  website

Thanks for letting me come and meet the crew (and their owners)!

 

#22 – Beach Volleyball

August 12, 2017

This week we are checking out the Battle of Waterloo, a volleyball competition that finalises the beach volleyball initiative held at the wading pool.  It was a fantastic initiative to make use of the space during the winter months when the water is drained from the pool.  I observed people of all ages enjoying the space over the last 6 weeks.  Next year promises to be even better with local schools keen to be more involved.

Some pictures of the event below, and if you are quick, get down and enjoy the action still underway.  Some great skills on show!

Like them on facebook so you can updates when the event commences next year, and check out their website.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/wynnumbeachvolleyball/about/?ref=page_internal

https://www.wynnumbeachvolleyball.com/

Pre games briefing

The players lounge area

 

 

#21 – The Collective Store

August 4, 2017

This week we visit a fantastic store – The Collective, located in Wynnum Central (on the corner of Florence and Bay Tce), who have the most amazing items created by talented artists, designers and craftspeople. There are over 9,000 items currently in the store!!!  I got to spend some time browsing through the items and chatting with Leonie about this great spot.

Greeted at the door

Loads to see!

This is such a great concept for the artist as there is no commission charged but rather a “stall-holder’s fee”  set at a reasonable rate.  With so many artists and items on display, I decided to do an impromptu test of Leonie’s knowledge, of who made what piece, and I was astounded by the knowledge of the artist, the process and the details of the pieces.

So many high quality items

What brought you to the area?

Wynnum has such a great vibe and it was just perfect for my kind of business – arty, eclectic, warm and welcoming. Also, that view from Bay Terrace down to the water! We are so lucky!

There is a children’s section in the store

Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?

I think I would have a story nearly every day for you! But the thing that will always stick in my mind is how Wynnum people can really rally for a good cause or to support a worthwhile endeavour. Wynnum has soul and I think that’s a rare thing for a city suburb these days.

You really need a bit of time, or many visits to take in all the items

What would you love to see in Wynnum?

Oh, a cinema of course! And I would LOVE to see some of those empty shops turned into pop-up stores for start-up businesses.

Leonie, the store owner

 

Any link to a website that you would like to share?
www.thecollectivestore.com.au is currently being upgraded and a shiny new online store will be launching very soon!

Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?
Christopher Richards is a local guy who does wonderful things engaging youth in the area. He’s one of those people who is always at the ready to lend a hand, he’s helped out with many community events that I’ve been part of and he’s a real asset to Wynnum.

Gorgeous items everywhere!

 

 

 

 

#20 – Quandamooka Festival

July 29, 2017

This week we reflect on the Quandamooka Festival, that was held last Saturday.  It was fantastic to see so many people out enjoying the festival stalls and performances.

 

 

There was a great crowd watching the talented performers.