Back before the fire, when Paronella Park was the place to be for wedding receptions and parties, a highlight of the ballroom was a magical mirror ball, made of thousands of individual mirrors. As the ball turned, the lights danced around the floor and walls. Children would stare at awe at the shimmering sight, and race around the ballroom, chasing the lights, whilst adults slow danced under the reflected beauty, long into the night.
Sadly, during the fire, the mirror ball went missing, and was never recovered.
This year, in 2020, we are so excited to be able to bring some of that magic back to the Park.
One day, a regular visitor, Russ Hill, Director of Truck Repair Group (located in Cairns and Gold Coast), donated a beautiful, glittering, shining mirror ball to us.
What a generous and thoughtful gift! This kindness was carried on by Duncan Plumb and the team from Innisfail Glass and Aluminium, who refurbished the mirror ball and donated all the time and materials to do so.
The mirror ball now shines again in the tropical rainforest of North Queensland. Specks of light are thrown all throughout the plants and trees surrounding Paronella Park, making for a sight that will stay with you in your heart.
We like to think that Jose Paronella’s spirit guided this mirror ball to us, through Russ and Duncan.
We are very grateful to them, and can’t wait to share this magic with you.