Lunch and good Friends was the order of the day for Opera at Woodlawn for Anton and Lyn Covre, Mary and Malcolm Gladstone, all from Lismore.
Lunch and good Friends was the order of the day for Opera at Woodlawn for Anton and Lyn Covre, Mary and Malcolm Gladstone, all from Lismore. Doug Eaton

Musicians hit the right note

WEARING evening gowns, Lismore women Mary Gladstone and Lyn Covre soaked up the magic of Opera at The Channon - at Woodlawn.

Wet weather forced the event to be moved from its usual outdoor amphitheatre at The Channon to the chapel at St John's College, Woodlawn, but Mrs Gladstone and Mrs Covre said it still managed to 'wow' them.

“It didn't quite have the same magic as it did at The Channon, with the sun setting in the background, but I was still able to close my eyes and listen to the wonderful music,” Mrs Covre said.

“It's very well done, no matter which venue.”

Yesterday's event featured performances by members of Opera Queensland's Young Artist Program, including special guest tenor Bernard Wheaton.

Mrs Covre and her husband Anton, along with Mrs Gladstone and her husband Malcolm, decorated their picnic table in the grounds of the college with a crystal chandelier, linen table cloth and classy dinner wear - laden with a traditional country roast.

They won a prize for 'best picnic table' for their efforts.

“We decided that because it's the opera, we'd better be refined,” Mrs Gladstone said.

“We had people coming up to us to look at the table and see what we had done.

“It was a lovely atmosphere, with nice surroundings.”

Paul Denmeade, president of the Rotary Club of Lismore Central, said the event was a success despite the last-minute change of venue.

“We couldn't have it at The Channon because it was mushy under foot and the cars would have got bogged,” he said.

“We always had Woodlawn as a back-up in case of bad weather, and everyone seems to be having a great time.”

Proceeds from the event will go to the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter service.



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