Cobargo Eat, Think, Create 2014

COBARGO was a busy hive of activity on Saturday morning, as the first Eat, Think, Create (ETC) etc took place, with market stalls and demonstrations of local people’s talents.

There were around eight market stalls up the main street of Cobargo, which were part of the weekly Cobargo markets.

They sold items such as books, crafts, DVDs, plants, jewellery, produce, antiques and food.

Janet Stephens was running her Gecko Pantry stall, where along with Evelyne Alexander she makes jams, relishes, sauces and marmalade, and thought ETC was a good idea.

“There are different ideas to bring people in – it draws tourists and locals,” Ms Stephens said.

Blacksmith Philippe Ravenel had a stall to showcase some of his intricate metalwork, and was going to run a demonstration of his art in Yowrie on Sunday.

His partner Marie-Claude Ravenel said there is “still call” for metalwork in the area, and Mr Ravenel makes such items as coffee tables and bird baths.

She thought ETC was a really good idea.

“It shows what everyone can do,” Ms Ravenel said.

“There is a lot of talent around the area.”

Jon Jones and Dave Rugendyke demonstrated their wood working skills at The Barn.

“We are just tinkering away and enjoying the day,” Mr Rugendyke said.

Mr Jones owns The Barn, where he has examples of his rustic furniture.

“It’s all good fun,” Mr Jones said.

“Even if we inspire one person it’s worthwhile.”

Organised by Naomi Lewis, the Cobargo Drawing Group ran an open drawing day in Cows-R-Us called Drawing with the Cows, in collaboration with Festival of the Face.

Cobargo is Ted-Exed was held in Well Thumbed Books, where speakers talked about a variety of subjects, beginning with Jim Collins who spoke about the actions of the Bega Valley Advocates for Timor Leste.

At the Cobargo School of Arts Hall, the Demystifying Death and Dying life event took place informing people about choices that can be made about dying, and the Macabre Box exhibition displayed beautifully decorated cardboard coffins.

There were five stalls at the Garage Sale, which was open from 9am-5pm, featuring such items as books, kitchen ware, chairs, bikes, clothes, skis toys and golf clubs.

Stall holder Rose Hulst said in the morning there had “been a few people in and out”, and while it had been a cold start it was lucky there was no rain.

Alice Borowska had only just arrived and said there had been three customers within ten minutes.

“Hopefully it will be a great day,” she said.

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