When David Parkin came to Deniliquin he was greeted with a big surprise — former schoolmate and local doctor Peter Robinson.
Parkin was unaware that Dr Robinson was going to be one of the other guest speakers at the Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia night for Men’s Health Week. at which he was a special guest on Tuesday.
‘‘I haven’t seen Peter since we finished high school,’’ Parkin said.
‘‘It was a surprise to see him as I had no idea he was in Deniliquin.
‘‘I still remember Peter as a wonderful person and wonderful sportsman.
‘‘He was great at athletics, tennis and footy but I believe he stopped playing footy after copping a whack in the ear.
‘‘It was fantastic to see him again.’’
During the Q&A session with David Parkin and Dr Robinson, there were plenty of laughs, especially when Deni Rams coach and die-hard Collingwood supporter Gary Parsons asked his question.
In a two part question, Parsons asked David, ‘‘Who is the greatest player to have played the game?’’ and ‘‘Was the ball out of bounds when Wayne Harmes dived for it in 1979?’’
The incident Parsons was referring to was the infamous last minute goal for Carlton to pinch the premiership flag from Collingwood in 1979.
Parkin laughed while avid Carlton supporter Jamie Tasker yelled across the room ‘‘Get over it, Gary’’.
To make matters worse for Parsons, Parkin told him that Wayne Harmes himself will tell any Collingwood supporter that the ball was out.
YARNS OVER YARN
Get your needles and balls of yarn ready for the Naponda Knitting Day tomorrow.
A morning of all things knit, crochet, pom-pom making and stitching will be held at the Naponda Community Store in Napier St from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
You can try your hand at arm knitting and yarn bombing as part of the day, and you can warm up with some of the chai and Indian treats on offer.
Bring your own chair and blanket, tea and coffee and your wool projects for the day.
The crowd at last week’s concert in the Deniliquin Town Hall was bolstered by a large group of primary school students.
The lunchtime concert on Thursday by Orpheus Piano Trio attracted 100 people, including 50 youngsters from Blighty Public School and Edward Public School.
Pianist Helena Kernaghan, violinist Kaori Sparks and cellist Sam Goble travelled to perform in Deniliquin from Albury and Castlemaine.
They played two pieces, one by Shostakovich and the other by Beethoven.
Their performance was coordinated by South West Music, in partnership with Edward River Council and South West Arts.
‘‘The students impressed with their enthusiasm and attentiveness and loved the opportunity to ask questions of the performers after the concert,’’ South West Music concert promoter Sivonne Binks said.
‘‘When Helena asked how many children studied instruments, she was pleasantly surprised when almost every hand shot into the air. It shows the fabulous impact of South West Music’s schools program.
‘‘We couldn’t put on these concerts without our fantastic volunteers and want to thank them, and Belinda Perrett from Edward River Council, for all their hard work.’’
The next South West Music concert features the Acacia Quartet from Sydney, on July 1.
Barry Morgan the organist, most famous for his appearances on the ABC’s Spicks and Specks music quiz program, will perform in Deniliquin this weekend.
Barry will present his ‘Home Organ Party Experience’ at the Deniliquin Club in George St tomorrow night from 8pm.
Tickets are $50, which includes supper, and are available from Hello Foxie in Napier St, Deniliquin. Tickets are limited.
Edward River Art Society members are in preparation mode for two exhibitions coming up in the next few months.
A mixed medium exhibition entitled ‘All Seasons’ will he held at the Peppin Heritage Centre from August 2 to 31, with the official opening on August 3 corresponding with Local Government Week celebrations.
Immediately following the exhibitions will be the InFocus photography exhibition from September 1 to 29, also at the Peppin Heritage Centre.
While there is no particular theme for the exhibition, there could be some images inspired by the recent workshop at Melbourne Zoo with a professional photographer.