Romancing the Piano: vintage pianola rolls in Clunes

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Look what I found languishing in my Drafts folder to post at a later date. This is timely, considering I was in Clunes on the weekend.

I couldn’t help noticing the theme of a collection of vintage pianola rolls while wandering the streets of Clune’s annual Booktown event last May.

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Clunes Booktown 2013

Clunes Book Town 2013

Each year Clunes, a picturesque Goldfields village thirty minutes north of Ballarat, turns into an International Booktown – the main street is closed off, and popup bookstores appear in most of the shops, while book stalls line the footpaths. When a dear friend suggested a cultural outing, I didn’t immediately leap at the suggestion…until I saw the advertising for Clunes Booktown Festival and just knew it would be the perfect weekend destination for two librarians.

The interesting thing about the Booktown crowd was how subdued it was: despite the perfect autumn weather, live music, a Punch and Judy show, and kids’ activities, the crowd was very quiet, respectful as though in a large outdoor library. People didn’t jostle one another, or talk loudly on phones, or yell at their kids/dogs/each other. It was very civilised and soothing.

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