Beaufort Brass In The Grass outdoor jazz music event restarts | The mail

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A popular music event returns to Beaufort after more than a decade of hiatus, with the aim of bringing the community together, attracting visitors and supporting businesses in the Pyrenees. Beaufort Bowls and Golf Club hosts traditional jazz music, Pyrenees vineyards and food trucks on the golf course’s ninth fairway on Sunday afternoons. A grant for Pyrenees Shire events and the need for a creative additional revenue stream for the club after long spells without golfers during lockdown periods were triggers for the revival of the Brass on the Grass event. “It’s very exciting for the club…It’s a chance to relaunch the event and bring in some new touches and ideas,” said Beaufort Bowls and Golf Event Organizing Committee Member Heather McCracken. Club. “There are new members on the golf club committee and it’s exciting to come up with an idea and see it come to fruition.” Ms McCracken said the organizing committee hoped to attract a crowd of around 600 people, including visitors from areas surrounding Beaufort. She said the traditional jazz genre and performers Maryborough Trad Jazz Ensemble and Brendan Scott had a strong following, especially in Ballarat. Wines from Pyrenees vineyards Dogrock, Michael Unwin and Chepstowe will be on offer and Beaufort residents Virginie Woolidge and Charlene Ham run a new crepe company Creme de la Crepe. Their event business started after events in the Pyrenees, including Avoca Market, were looking for food businesses after many food trucks closed at the height of the pandemic. “I said to one of the organizers ‘let me know if you can’t find anyone and I’ll make pancakes’. We’ve had a bunch of invitations for some really cool events coming up, there’s been a lot of ‘interest’, Ms. Woolidge mentioned. The Skinny Sisters Cafe is offering take-out picnic baskets, in what owner Sammi Beaton hopes will be a welcome boost to business after two tough years, with tourist traffic accounting for a large part of the revenue. Ms McCracken said Brass on the Grass could become an annual event again if successful and would continue the flow of a busy period of events and live music in the Pyrenees. Ms Woolidge said it showed Beaufort was changing, with ‘unbelievable’ numbers of people on the streets at night and new young families moving to the area. “It will be a landmark event in what is to come for Beaufort,” she said. Beaufort will also host street entertainment, performers and activities on Friday nights for Beaufort By Twilight. Shops will stay open late, with musicians placed along the streets, in venue courtyards and in outdoor cafes around the city. It is understood that Brass In the Grass previously operated from 2005-2008. Visit for more details and to reserve tickets. Have you subscribed to The Courier’s variety of informational emails? You can sign up below and make sure you’re up to date with everything happening in Ballarat.


Ada J. Kenney