2016 PHILLIP ISLAND
Our John Denver Tribute was held at the CYC The Island, Cowes, Phillip Island in Victoria on the weekend of October 14 - 16. This well-situated school camp site was perfect for our weekend; just a stone throw from the shops and the beach. We were blessed with lovely, but windy weather.
Cowes is famous for the nightly march of the fairy penguins from the water to their nests in the sand dunes. In 1996, the State Government established the Phillip Island Nature Park, which includes the Penguin Parade. The park was established as a commercial attraction for the purpose of animal conservation and research.
The opportunity to visit the Penguin Parade was great and our members took some time out to watch the beautiful Little (formerly known as 'Fairy') penguins waddle from the cold sea to the sand dunes.
As per our normal timetable, the AGM took place on the Friday night, and after getting the 'business' part of the weekend out of the way, we were able to relax and catch up with each other on the events of the past twelve months.
Saturday's sing-a-long got off to an earlier start than normal, with our BBQ dinner cooked and served during the proceedings.
On Sunday, we planted a lemon-scented gum tree on the CYC property. The annual ritual of planting a tree in John Denver's name and placing a plaque in front is a solemn occasion, as we reflect on the life and music of John Denver. Colin Horwell planted the tree this year.
The bottle of water we brought from our respective homes is poured into a bucket, as a symbol our of combined love for John's music. The water is poured onto the planted tree to provide nourishment.
Next year is the 20th anniversary of the death of John Denver, and whilst many of us will be in Aspen, there will be a small gathering in Bellingen, NSW. Thanks to Vicki, who has kindly offered to organise the venue.