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Happy Birthday and get thee to the Lake!

By johnboy - 11 March 2013 33

Have you ever been in a city celebrating its 100th birthday before?

I know I haven’t.

So if you don’t have plans to get down to the lake to join in the fun you really need to take long hard look at yourself.

Yes you could sit alone in a dark room watching torture porn or shooting zombies.

Or you could be getting entertained in the late summer fun and joining in your community for an unforgettable day.

The video nasties will still be there when you get home!

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33 Responses to
Happy Birthday and get thee to the Lake!
grunge_hippy 10:34 pm 11 Mar 13

expected more, got way less.

food on the regatta pt side was inadequate. $20 for 3 ice creams and 2 drinks was a bit cray cray. expected to see more going on around the lake and especially on the lake. The fireworks started verrrrrrrrrrry lamely but ended on a high. People actually got up and left half way through because they thought it was done. the symphony was a giant snooze fest.

One highlight was The Church but they didnt play for long enough. I would have thought Paul McDermott could have done more of his comedy shtick between bands or at least have a sing with the gladflys.

It just didnt deliver what it promised. The organisers needed to get down to moomba and see how its done.

I also think this all could have happened on Saturday or Sunday too, instead of today and have to back up for work tomorrow.

tommy 10:03 pm 11 Mar 13

The fireworks were great – well worth the wait. Would have been impressive from the Bubbly Bar location.

However, the food stalls were crap with gigantic queues (eg 45 minutes for an ice cream). Supposedly very few businesses were interested in providing food service on the day. They’d have been better off just having the usual suspects do sausage sizzles and drinks – or just ban all food/drink sales to make it BYO.

EvanJames 9:10 pm 11 Mar 13

I can hear the crackers (too busy watching Four Corners Torture Porn to get up and look) and they sound pretty thunderous.

KB1971 7:59 pm 11 Mar 13

OH, since when have we had a paddle steamer on the lake?

KB1971 7:57 pm 11 Mar 13

tommo said :

And what was with the turkey noises being made from a woman being driven around the lake in a boat?
Perhaps the fireworks this evening will change my mind…

She was hilarious……..

The kids liked the kite making and the tent thing with the letters.

The only complaint I have is that it was too spread out, we only saw 1 1/4 of it. We rode the pushies around from the Hospice car park and parked them at the Carillion. From there we walked but it was way too far for our 2 (nearly 3) year old. Normally he can go a fair distance but it was just too big for him. There were too many people for my 6 year olds to negotiate with their bikes (as you would expect, that is why we parked them).

I saw a lot of other families with the same issue.

Pity, it could have been really good (cant make it for the entertainment tonight).

milkman 7:44 pm 11 Mar 13

After much hunting around, it seems the fireworks will be on at 8.45pm.

milkman 7:40 pm 11 Mar 13

What time are the fireworks on?

Bad Seed 7:36 pm 11 Mar 13

I so wanted to like this event. Many moons ago I worked for the Canberra Festival for a season (remember the parade and the Food and Wine Frolic – then) and it was an amazing time. I love Canberra but today was really just a nice walk around the lake and not a lot more. The kids liked spotting all the different words but there was not a lot for them to interact with. While the lunch queues were manageable when we were there, there were not nearly enough icecream or drink stalls. Because most people did the whole lake lap, there was a huge section with nothing happening from the carillon to Reconciliation Place. We enjoyed our walk in the sun but can’t say we came away overwhelmed or excited by anything after three hours out there. I suppose the positive was lots of Canberrans sharing time and space with other Canberrans on the city’s birthday and it was a lovely day for that.

And not being a weird stalker or anything because I have never met you but one of the bike riders on the funky bikes looked very much like the posted photos of the illustrious leader here!

Thumper 6:56 pm 11 Mar 13

I’m looking forward to the folk festival….

poetix 6:26 pm 11 Mar 13

I am grateful that I live in Canberra, and, after a very rocky start, I am very fond of it, but that does not mean I am going to an event with huge crowds that would make me feel uncomfortable and on edge.

You can celebrate in your own way, even on your own. I don’t feel I have to join in, which is one of the good things about Australia, not just Canberra.

Like many people, I went away for the weekend and just got back. Doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate what we have here, or that I won’t be going to a lot of events at festivals this year. Just much smaller ones.

I hope people who do go have a great time though.

Deref 5:04 pm 11 Mar 13

Mrs Deref and I went to Bunnings By The Lake this morning for the new 1913 exhibition. Sat on the terrace drinking a coffee and eating a slice of passionfruit cheesecake while we watched the veteran cars drive by. Wonderful! I’ll send some photos to Johnboy.

tommo 5:01 pm 11 Mar 13

Some words I did not see today are: disappointing, lame, anti-climatic, boring, generic, droll. Perhaps I went to the event too early in the afternoon but these words more accurately express my experience of the event so far. I really love living in Canberra and don’t mean to dampen the celebrations but I expected more for the 100th birthday. I was particularly disappointed in the gourmet food stalls. There were perhaps 20 stalls at the most, many of them simply selling food you can get from typical Canberra eateries (is The London really gourmet?). I expected far more stalls with a variety of products from around the region, perhaps something like the local markets especially since it was listed as “The Gourmet Food and Wine Marketplace” (did anyone see more than the one wine stall?). And what was with the turkey noises being made from a woman being driven around the lake in a boat?
Perhaps the fireworks this evening will change my mind…

Barcham 4:59 pm 11 Mar 13

gentoopenguin said :

Went to the lake. It was hot, crowded and (as usual) there was one gozleme stand with a line-up all the way back to Braidwood. Is it possible to go to an outdoors event in Canberra and not eat a gozleme and/or undercooked lamb wrap? Bah humbug! 🙁

I ate popcorn and poprocks, because I am a grown up and nobody can stop me. So there!

c_c™ 3:29 pm 11 Mar 13

Doesn’t do anything for me. From the photos I’m seeing online, the crowds look small compared to Skyfire or say, VP day back in 05.

Looked at the program and nothing grabbed me. Play with big letters, listen to occasional music (though no big names) and see a tiny flotilla on the lake tool around for 4hrs. Bit sad really, if only we had a creative director who was creative.

gentoopenguin 3:03 pm 11 Mar 13

Went to the lake. It was hot, crowded and (as usual) there was one gozleme stand with a line-up all the way back to Braidwood. Is it possible to go to an outdoors event in Canberra and not eat a gozleme and/or undercooked lamb wrap? Bah humbug! 🙁

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