First Arts & Crafts Expo gets the big thumbs up!

Heavy rain didn’t dampen the atmosphere at the Nature’s Edge Buderim inaugural Arts & Crafts Expo, with visitors turning up in their droves to enjoy a great day out.


The Leisure Centre was transformed into a treasure trove of unique arts and crafts created by the talented residents and enjoyed by family, friends and members of the local community who attended the exciting event.


From hand-made baby clothes, colourful quilts and original paintings to bespoke millinery, unique jewellery, books, plants and much more, there was something for everyone, with many savvy shoppers making an early start on their Christmas shopping.


The bar was open and the tranquil rainforest deck was a popular spot to relax over a delicious morning tea or an early afternoon beverage while enjoying the live music. Hourly prizes were drawn, adding to the buzz of excitement among the crowds.


An active member of the swing and rock and roll dancing community on the Sunshine Coast, Sandy Wood was one of the exhibitors on the day, showcasing her collection of beautiful hand-made hair flowers and clips. A relatively new resident at Nature’s Edge Buderim Sandra says she was amazed at the turnout and atmosphere at the expo.


“It’s been absolutely amazing. The atmosphere was great and the amount of people who turned up was fantastic. It was lovely seeing all the different crafts and how handy people are. From the cross stitching, to the painting and delicious food, there was absolutely everything you could think of.”


Talented milliner and fellow resident, Jane Turnbull couldn’t agree more.

“It’s been really good and it’s brought a lot of different people together, people we may not have met or those who are new to the village. I am blown away by the talent.”


Resident barman, John Oliver has been part of the Nature’s Edge community for three years and says it’s the lively social calendar that drew he and his wife Mary to the village.


“The social aspect is better than any of the other villages we visited and there is a beautiful ambience here. Working behind the bar I get to meet everyone. We have made a huge amount of friends here.


“The expo has been really good for outsiders to see what the village is all about. My wife is an artist and had some of her paintings for sale, she loved being involved with it.”


The Arts and Crafts Expo is just one of the many organised community events at Nature’s Edge Buderim. Boasting a lively social calendar, there’s a camaraderie among the residents, which is testament to the friendly, inclusive environment the over 50’s lifestyle village is known for.


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