A chilly evening did not deter guests who attended “The Poets Table” fundraiser on Saturday night. Festival Queen Entrant Grace Kelly and the Lions Club hosted an evening of delicious food and a recount of Henry Lawson’s life. With snippets of Henry’s poems, guests were called on to recite verse as we followed Henry’s life’s journey to his final days in 1922. The candles on the 150th birthday cake were lit and a booming Happy Birthday was sung – thankyou to Bev Kelly for her baking and decorating. Grenfell’s budding poets Connor Day and Henry Best presented recitations, with Gus Kelly acting as their wingman. Lion Chris Moran donated a prize of “2 hrs worth of Handyman work” as a raffle and lucky mathematician Margaret Roper won this prize. The restaurant mantle-piece featured Henry Lawson’s works – collected by Terry and Deidre Carroll over many years. A huge thank you to chef Carol Logan who donated her time, and the Railway Hotel staff for their hospitality. Also much appreciation to the waitresses, especially Lain Theil and Abbey Joyce. An evening of words, good company and fabulous support from guests, some from the outskirts of the Weddin Shire, was greatly appreciated by Grace and her Lions Club Team. So, Happy Birthday Henry and remember:
“Though you sing of dear old Mudgee and the home on Pipeclay Flat, You were born on Grenfell goldfield – and you can’t get over that ."
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A Lark from “Lachlan Side”