Nautical artisans !
When it comes to competing in RQYS's WAGS race each Wednesday afternoon, none of the 30-60 yachts which starts has a shipboard artist as crew(wo)man, except Ted Reye's 33' 'Colombina'.Artist and author Wendy Allen, a past president of the Half Dozen Group of Artists (with a membership of around 130), enjoys crewing on Colombina as time off from her Manly studio.
A winning feeling at WAGS !
A quick recovery !
We just think that New Farm Park provides just a very accommodating venue for all that we do, twice a week. Our very well supported MISSFITS programme comes to the Park on a Monday and a Friday ! I have some great help from Nikki and Belinda who have developed quality links with all of my classes and those delightful participating mothers . Mondays and Fridays in NFP have taken on new dimensions in the areas of our programme intensity and the anticipated good outcomes. The Babes in Arms programme, in NFP, is something quite unique and special.
Now, here is a strange one. To a first time observer, the Jugger League is an intimidating experience. Outfitted and protected in a variety of garbs, swishing and looking very threatening with some odd looking instruments, (especially the game timer), these players are very serious in the way they approach their sport. They are seen in the Park on a regular basis, and attract big crowds.
New Farm United Soccer Club
New Farm United Soccer Club also enjoys a presence in the Park utilizing the spectacular playing facilities that the Park provides. United have been involved in the Park for a very long time and they compete in the many divisions of the local Soccer Competitions held in Brisbane. Vocal and loyal spectator involvement usually makes for a spicy afternoon’s entertainment. Opposition teams really enjoy coming to the Park. Half time lemons under a spreading Jacaranda is just the tonic. It is genuinely village soccer at its very best.
New Farm United Junior Soccer Club
The 2009 Season has kicked off with the Club’s best ever player numbers, filling 26 Teams. More than 240 players have registered for this Season’s fixtures, in teams ranging from ages under 6 to under 16 . All training sessions are carried out in the Park during Monday to Thursday afternoons. These sessions, like the Saturday fixtures, are well supported by parents and friends alike. Soccer in New Farm has never looked so robust and healthy.
Merthy Bowls Club
The Merthyr bowls Club enjoys a very well deserved reputation as one of the premier places to visit in the whole of New Farm. Blessed with a river view that still draws oohs and aahs from all visitors, the Club provides a strong community base for both local residents and a buzz for people from other parts. The Bowls facilities, traditional and barefoot are good, but more than matched by the conviviality that a session at this place can bring.
The sight of a large group of earnest people involved in the tai chi classes held in the Park is the source of much wonderment for casual observers. Rod Ferguson conducts his regular weekly classes in the tranquility of the Park, and those who make the early morning effort to participate are clearly the better for it. Rod is the Convenor of the activity with classes also held in other Brisbane Parks. Full details are available on their Site - www.livingchi.com.au
New Farm Park plays host to a wide and varied array of recreational activities.
Newcomers are the RISE & SHINE YOGA Classes, organized by Stacey Blurton. Enthusiasts, both beginners and those already committed, do the rituals on the very tranquil part of the Park, opposite the Rotunda, blending beautifully with the calming presence of the River below. Classes have early morning starts, beginning at 6.30 on both Tuesday and Thursday.
Yoga enthusiasts practise a wide variety of techniques, with the Rise & Shine being themed towards HATHA, which is a combination of Pranayama (breath work), Asana and Meditation. This form of Yoga is suitable for all body types and then of course for folk of all ages.
Sesssions are priced at $10.00 and you have to bring your own Yoga Mat. You can join the Group simply by getting in touch with Stacey on 0413 487 174.
The Sessions contribute much to the early morning charm of the Park and it's a very soothing start to the day.
For a little while now, we'll hand over this section of the site to our nearby friends at the MERTHYR CROQUET CLUB and our dear friend, Santina Musumeci. As you'll find out below, the Club has played an important part of the NFP logistics for a very long time. This is a very good story.
The Merthyr Croquet Club was founded in 1908, the same year as the New Farm Bowls Club. Both clubs were established on a parcel of land at the bottom end of Brunswick Street, opposite the present New Farm Park.
Unfortunately in 1952 disaster struck when its original clubhouse was destroyed by fire. It was only through the unstoppable efforts of member Em Cornelius and the support of her builder-husband that the current clubhouse was reinstated. During the devastating flood of 1974, along with much of New Farm, tragedy struck again when this clubhouse was flooded and as a consequence the club lost most of its records and many other irreplaceable treasures.
One of my favourite Sunday afternoon activities is watching the “kite man”, who after some serious preparation, pulls and strains against his wind filled “toy”, making the thing almost talk. Michael has a great relationship with his kite, juggling his activities between footballers, joggers, picnicers and even photographers. (note the St. Kilda jumper colours of the kite).