6/16/2017

Grong Grong celebrates ‘a billion lights’

 

Grong Grong may not be a place of bright city lights, but the town is celebrating something far more important; a clear, unabated view of the night sky.

All are welcome at Grong Grong's Star Picnic.

Grong Grong may not be a place of bright city lights, but the town is celebrating something far more important; a clear, unabated view of the night sky.
The Grong Grong Star Picnic, at the “Town of a Billion Lights” will be held Saturday June 24 at 6pm at the Grong Grong Sports Club and Golf Course. 
The Wagga Observatory will be bringing out their ‘monster’ telescopes for the evening, including a Dobsonian 14-inch telescope and several eight-inch telescopes (pictured above right). Entry to the star picnic is free, although the committee would appreciate if attendees could book through the EventBrite portal in order to help with planning and catering.
The committee has received funding this year from the Riverina Science Hub and Ignite NSW and has decided to procure a band for the evening. The Squid Doctors hail from Corowa and have been featured on Triple J’s UnEarthed program, and they will be rocking on through the night (albeit with chilly fingers).
During the star picnic there will be a lantern walk and to prepare these there will be a lantern making workshop this Saturday. 
Organised by the Earth Park committee and facilitated by Matong artist Kim Bolitho, the workshop will be held from 1pm to 4pm in the afternoon at the Arts Hub at Narrandera Railway Station. Workshop participants will make and decorate several styles of lanterns and all are welcome to join. 
The workshop costs $15 to attend, which covers both the cost of materials and afternoon tea.
The committee are also planning to have activities for kids and adults, as well as food stalls, a sausage sizzle and a licensed bar. 
To register for the star picnic, go to www.eventbrite.com.au and search for the Grong Grong star picnic. To book a place at the lantern making workshop, go to facebook. com/ggearthpark or contact Gemma 0413 155 191.