We visited the Williamstown Festival this afternoon. We had visited the Festival a few years ago and could recall there were many people and cars, with part of Nelson Place turned into a pedestrian boulevard. We had hence expected it would be difficult to find a parking space today.
However, we were greatly surprised that Williamstown was pretty quiet with abundant parking lots available. In fact, the number of people seemed only slightly more than on a typical weekend. My wife asked me whether I could have remembered the dates of the Festival wrongly. I thought that my memory could not have been so bad. But there was neither crowd-control police nor any festival banner. I did manage to spot the word “Festival” somewhere at the Commonwealth Reserve, which reassured me that the Festival was on.
A key reason for the visit is to see the old ship “Enterprize“. Unlike HMAS Castlemaine which is permanently docked as a museum at Gem Pier, “Enterprize” only appears on special occasions. When we reached Gem Pier at 2.50 p.m., “Enterprize” had already departed at 2.30 p.m. for its 1-hour voyage to Geelong. However, we did manage to see it upon its return.
We brought our kids to a children animal farm at Commonwealth Reserve. We were probably among the last visitors as the farm started to pack up soon after 3 p.m. I was busy recording videos of my kids patting the animals. My mother told me there was a small pig. I told her I did not observe this. Then she told me she saw a gorilla. I asked her where it was and she said she saw it on the reserve. I was doubtful whether she really saw a gorilla, then I saw many children running towards something.