Despite the cancellation of Junee’s annual Rhythm’n’Rail festival, the town’s museum society will go ahead with its planned open day.
Dubbed the ‘Jewels of Junee’, the two-day event will be held over the first weekend of March, coinciding with the regularly scheduled Music at the Museum activities.
“We decided to host it a week earlier than the Rhythm’n’Rail was meant to be because then it won’t clash with other major exhibitions in Temora,” said committee member Brian Beasley.
Blacksmiths, pioneer woodworkers, yarn spinners, rocking horse restorers, basket weavers, and potters will assemble around the Broadway Museum courtyard for the annual ‘living museum’ exhibition on Saturday and Sunday.
Many artisans have travelled upwards of 500km to be there.
“There will also be heritage machines and Clydesdale horses too, and the 90-year-old gentleman from Campbeltown in Sydney will be bringing his penny-farthing as always,” said Mr Beasley.
Similarly, visitors are expected to travel from all over NSW and Victoria to attend the poet’s breakfast the next morning.
“I’ve been talking to a few poets who will be coming along to read something they like or that they’ve written,” said Mr Beasley.
“Diversity is the thing we aim for. We usually end up with enough to keep going for hours.”
Junee mayor Neil Smith is also expected to bring his bush poetry to the museum on March 3.
With the activities planned for the weekend, Mr Beasley and the museum committee are hopeful the community will still turn out in droves to experience all that is on offer.
“It’s the sort of thing we’d usually do at Rhythm’n’Rail, this year it’ll probably end up with a few more things than we usually have,” Mr Beasley said.
“The worry is that since [Rhythm’n’Rail] isn’t going ahead this year, that people think there’s not going to be much going on in town. But that’s not the case.”