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Griffith Explorer

Another great day in our short break to Griffith.

Our visit to Pioneer Park takes you back through time to discover the true history of this vibrant city. 40 historic buildings plus hundreds of historical items from the early pioneering days in the area are displayed on 11 hectares of natural bushland. All work is carried out by volunteers.

On arrival we were meet by staff and taken on a guided tour by train.  After the tour we had the opportunity to enter and explore many of the original buildings, check out the machinery, vehicles, saddle from the Light Horse plus many antiques.  Brides still choose to have their wedding in the church.

The knitted garden was simply amazing.  There were knitted / crochet lifelike rabbits, various vegetables, chicken with its chicks, Christmas tree plus decorations, many types of flowers plus the knitted bra (The knitted flower bra was the winner of a local competition in aid of the Jane McGrath foundation).

The Italian Museum houses an incredible collection of artefacts from the earliest Italian settlers, from machinery to kitchenware and beautiful handmade garments.  The museum highlights the influence Italians had on this area.  Watching the DVD was an added bonus.

The recently added Wine Building aims to educate visitors on their proud winemaking history.  Unfortunately no samples for tasting!

Next destination was the IOOF Park. A leisurely walk through the sculptures then a tasty lunch was supplied by Bev.  Seven master sculptors from across the globe gathered in Griffith during May 2016 to create beautiful stone sculptures using the theme "The meaning of water in Griffith and the cities cultural diversity. This was a centenary gift from the community of Griffith and district to their City.

After lunch we had the pleasure of experiencing Emeri De Bortolis Garden.  Emeri is Company Chairperson and Matriarch of the De Bortoli Family.   This 15 acre memorial garden is being created in dedicated to her late husband Deen.

What a beautiful peaceful area "except for Emeris dog chasing rabbits".  The area has a beautiful waterfall created with rocks, a bridge joining two islands, acres of magnificent flowers, native bushes and a spectacular display of roses.   

Just a short walk across from the garden places us in the De Bortoli Wines Tasting Room. Our members enjoyed samples of the Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnays, Shirazes, Merlots   and Velvet Creams etc.   Several bottles left with members for nightly consumption or for the home wine collection.

Members enjoyed an excellent Chinese dinner at Griffith Exies Club.

Anna Degnan

11-15th October 2017

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