Small hall makes a big impact
BIGGENDEN visitors to the Woodford Folk Festival were amazed to see a replica of the area's Degilbo Hall at its annual event.
Lofty Wendt, who in previous years helped organise the Festival of Small Halls concerts at Degilbo Hall, said the management team as well as the artists just loved the hall, its atmosphere and location.
Two family members spent three days at Woodford between Christmas and New Year and took part in a drumming workshop in the replica building.
Mr Wendt said he was told the façade was the same but the rest was a third of the size of Degilbo's hall.
He said he was unsure how old the Degilbo Hall was but the first show was held in 1896.
"We believe the hall may be around 110 years old," he said.
Another Biggendenite attending was Moira Thompson who said it was special to see the replica.
"It is such a big international festival and with Festival of Small Halls concerts being held all around Australia and overseas our own Degilbo Hall was the one they picked to replicate," she said.
Mrs Thompson said Woodford was an opportunity to chill out and go into another world.
"If you are into music, food and culture Woodford is definitely the place to be," she said.
"It's well organised, family friendly, lots of interesting workshops and the music is phenomenal.
"The street theatre is amazing, especially at night with the lanterns."
She suggested people should attend at least a couple of times in their lives.