DON’T MISS OUT
Afternoon Delights Concert
Sunday 5th July 2015
From 2.30 pm. Gates open at 1.30 pm.
Featuring Louise Dorsman (mezzo soprano) and Dominique Fegan (soprano)
Tickets $45 book now ON OUR EVENTS PAGE http://tmbotanicgardens.org.au/events/afternoon-delights-concert/
YOU WILL BE DELIGHTED WITH A WONDERFUL PROGRAM OF LIGHT CLASSICS AND CONTEMPORARY SONGS IN THE MAGICAL RAINFOREST SETTING OF “JARNAC’ ON TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN
Sit back and relax on a crisp Sunday afternoon and be transported through light operetta, the classics of Verdi and Puccini and, of course, the well-loved standards of Broadway in a concert to delight the senses.
More about the wonderful venue for this concert …..
Concert venue to “support our community”
The “Afternoon Delights” concert at Jarnac in Eagle Heights on Sunday, July 5, is a way to “give back to this community,” according to owner Roger Jackson.
Roger and Don Henry will open their eight-acre “Jarnac” for the third time with this concert to assist fundraising work for the Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens.
“When we arrived at Jarnac just four and a half years ago, we faced an enormous task to redevelop its gardens,” Roger explain. “Bobby White and Roger Lenehan at the Botanic Gardens provided incredible help to us. They organised endless numbers of plants and gave us great advice.”
The sprawling lawns of Jarnac will host the concert of music that ranges across light opera, Broadway and popular music presented by soprano singer Dominique Fegan and mezzo soprano Louise Dorsman.
The concert begins at 2.30pm, with gates open from 1.30pm. Tickets are just $45 per person.
“We have decided on one important change for concert-goers this year,” said Roger. “We will provide seating and want people to feel free to bring their own fold-up chairs this time. Last year we limited it to rugs, with a few chairs near the back for the less abled. The lawns are wide enough for people to spread out and be more comfortable in chairs if they wish. Of course, rugs are still welcome for afternoon picnics and sipping champagne!”
Don said the impetus to develop the gardens of “Jarnac” came from the Tamborine Mountain Garden Club.
“We were convinced to open for their Springtime on the Mountain garden festival two years ago,” he said. “We realised we had a lot of work to do to get it ready for public display. The club was incredibly supportive and we have always wanted to give back to our comunity.
“When we bought the property, it had been neglected for a long time. The view from the house to the swimming pool was completely covered in giant ginger plants. Now it is a gently sloping lawn, the site for the concert.
“Then we hosted a concert during the 30th anniversary Springtime on the Mountain festival last year. It was a great fundraiser.”
Roger and Don had been looking for a new home on the Mountain for many years when they saw “Jarnac”.
“It was as if it was waiting for us,” said Don. “I had been looking for a place on the Mountain for years. In fact, I noted it for sale about four years before we finally bought it. Then one day we were at our other home on the Gold Coast and saw the place advertised. Roger recovered a newspaper spread about it from four years earlier. We came up, looked through the place and decided to buy on the spot.”
Organisers are encouraging concert-goers to dress up in feathers and furs or relax in jeans and jumpers. Bring champagne, a rug and cushions or chairs if you wish
Tickets are available online through the Tamborine Mountain Garden Club web site, tmbotanicgardens.org.au/events, or contact 5545 0869 for more details.
Don Henry (left) and Roger Jackson in the garden at their Eagle Heights home, “Jarnac”.
Article from ‘Tamborine Times’ by Denby Browning