The first-ever Singleton Firelight has been proclaimed an overwhelming success, as up to 1,500 people gathered on the Civic Centre lawn for a blistering evening of entertainment.
Dance and theatrics from the Utopian Fire dancers lit up the night, with live music to keep toes tapping and food, wine and craft beer from local wineries and breweries to warm the stomach in Singleton Council’s homage to autumn.
Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore said despite a stormy start to the night, the community’s response further fuelled Council’s new approach to community events, taking its cue from calls for more twilight activities.
Work is also underway on developing a flagship event to help promote Singleton to visitors.
“The event was called Firelight, but there was a really warm community spirit with so many people coming together to enjoy themselves,” she said.
“The Civic Centre lawn is a natural events space and entertainment from the Utopian Fire dancers and the Viper Creek Band proved to be a winning formula.
“It was wonderful to see people spread out on the lawn, eating and drinking the fantastic food and wine on offer and having a good time.”
General Manager Jason Linnane said far from having a rest in the aftermath of Firelight, Council’s events team was already working on a calendar of events including some new additions.
Council is also supporting Smoke in Broke, a two-day festival of cooking demonstrations and competitions, food trucks, craft beer, boutique wine, market stalls, live music and more at McNamara Park on 9-10 June.
“There’s been an enormous amount of feedback from people asking for more twilight events in Singleton,” Mr Linnane said.
“Firelight was an event that aimed to attract more young adults to Council’s traditional events audience and, based on last night’s success, a fantastic indication that we’re on the right track.
“We are already looking towards our Australia Day festivities to include the traditional civic ceremony as well as a sunset program of entertainment.
“A new flagship event for Singleton to build on the natural assets of our local government area and attract visitors to our part of the world is also underway, so watch this space.”