THERE is so much on offer over Cup Weekend and whether your taste runs to flowers and plants, food and wine, art and craft or finding a great bargain, it’s the perfect time to get out and about in South Gippsland. Here’s a selection of activities and events on offer.
THE 53rd Welshpool & District Horticultural Society’s Spring Flower Show begins on Friday November 1 at the Welshpool Memorial Hall, from 1.30pm to 5pm with the official opening at 2pm by the mayor of South Gippsland Shire Cr. Kieran Kennedy. The Spring Flower Show continues on Saturday November 2 from 10am to 4.30pm. See beautiful flowers, abundant veggies, succulents, floral art and garden photo completion. Admission $3, children free. Refreshments available. Plant sale to be held in the room at the rear.
The Meeniyan Garden Walks offer four beautiful and very different gardens to wander through on Sunday November 3 for a total of $10. Tickets available on the day from 9am at the Meeniyan Town Hall. Gardens open from 10am to 4pm. Come and see what can be achieved on a typical suburban block, a larger block or on a farm. Call Robyn Nottage on 0409 564 945 for further details. Sausage sizzle and plant sale at one of the four gardens. Perhaps enjoy a cuppa at one of Meeniyan’s many café’s in between.
Music, entertainment / food and wine
THE Great Gondos Variety Show will perform at the Toora Hall on Sunday November 3 as part of the Café Culture Series, brought to you by Just Shows To Go. Beginning at 7.30pm, expect side-splitting physical comedy of romantic blunders, where beautiful moments collide with absurd acrobatics, mind blowing body bending and a breath-taking tango for three. Arrive earlier to get tickets at the door: ($20) adult, $17 concession, $10 student, primary school students free if accompanied by parent. Call Mary on 5686 2443 for further information.
ENJOY Jazz at Meeniyan on Saturday November 2 beginning at 8pm, featuring Soul Purpose, plus Michael Warner (guitar) and Tarnya Wilson (vocals). Tickets $20 per person, (BYO), free tea and coffee, bookings essential by calling 5664 7376 or email [email protected]
Dress up in your best hat and watch the big race on Tuesday November 5 at Waratah Lodge from 12.30pm. Enjoy lunch of chicken and champagne. Phone 5683 2575 to book or for further information.
The Fish Creek Hotel is holding a special Emirates Melbourne Cup Day event. Full TAB faciities (from 9am). Watch the races on the big screen. Seasonal four course luncheon with beer/sparkling from 11am for $62 per person. Fashions on the Field and prizes for ladies and gents. Book your table by calling 5683 2404. Casual lunches also available. Transport to Sandy Point, Waratah Bay, Yanakie or Foster by arrangement.
The Prom Coast Film Society is showing Alfred Hitchcock’s film ‘Notorious’ at the Fish Creek Memorial Hall on Friday at 8pm. Members welcome or come along and join up on the night.
Markets, clearances and sales
PROM Home Produce and Craft Market. Come along to the first market of the season at the Foster Showgrounds, Station Road, Foster. Beginning at 8am, there will be hundreds of stalls to peruse and there’s plenty of food and refreshments available.
BUSH Haven Gallery and Studio, at 85 Sandy Point Road, Sandy Point, is having a special Clearance Sale on Saturday and Sunday November 2 and 3 from 9am to 4pm to make room for award winning artist-in-residence Marg Lacey to create more of her beautiful paintings, pastels and unique jewellery. Set in a stunning garden, make sure to leave yourself enough time to have a wander around and also be sure to visit the general clearance of photography equipment (including vintage items), collectables, clothing and plants. Have a cuppa for just a gold coin donation, proceeds to the Injured Koala Fund. For further info (and other viewing times) call Marg on 5684 1379. See story on page XXXX for full details.
PICK up a bargain at the Toora Lions Den Market (while helping a wonderful community organisation) on Saturday November 2 from 9am, opposite the Toora ViPlus Dairy Factory. Great range of pre-loved goods, coffee, tea, cake and sausage sizzle provide by the Toora Lions Club for community projects.
The Toora CFA will be holding a car boot sale on Saturday November 2 between 9am and 3pm in the fire station grounds. Come along and pick up a bargain or set up a stall (no charge).
Many garage sales are planned for Cup weekend. See the classified section in this edition of The Mirror for details.
Stockyard Gallery: the annual Foster Photography Club’s Exhibition and Sale is on display daily at the gallery, located at the corner of Main and McDonald streets, Foster, daily from 10am to 4pm. View some amazing work by local photographers and perhaps pick up a unique Christmas present. Phone 5682 1125 for further information.
Lyre Bird Hill Winery and Guest House: annual ‘Sculpture in the Vineyard’ begins on Saturday November 2 (with an opening event on Sunday) and continues daily from 10am to 5pm. Wander the vineyard and see over 40 sculptures created local artists. Inside the Cellar Door, view ‘Photo Pop & Phantasy,’ an exhibition by Leslie and Gary Monahan which is an exciting collaboration of art, computer and camera.
Meeniyan Art Gallery: See the amazing artwork of local Tarwin Valley Primary School students in ‘100 Green Bottles,’ at Meeniyan Art Gallery on weekdays (closed Tuesdays) from 10am to 4pm and weekends from 11am to 5pm. Under the tutelage of South Gippsland artist and art teacher Rachel Warren, the students have created some amazing and rather sophisticated artworks in both 2D and 3D. Everyone is welcome to attend the official opening event at the gallery on Wednesday October 30 from 7pm.
Gecko Studio Gallery, Fish Creek: ‘Wild Beasts Wild Flowers – linocuts by Aileen is on display Fish Creek Thursdays through to Mondays from 10am to 5pm. Aileen’s works on display also include some very appealing timber sculptures of animals which would appeal to adults and children alike. Phone 5683 2481 for further details.
FAMDA: On display from Thursday October 31 at the Foster Historical Museum is an exhibition entitled ’60 years of Foster Theatre,’ featuring costumes, photographs, posters, programs, props and videos from past productions. An official launch will be held on Cup Eve, Monday November 4 at 5pm at Crawford Hall, at the rear of the museum.
Action, thrills and spills
The 17th Annual State Cattle, Sheep, Dog and Duck Trials (incorporating the Working Dog Festival) will be held Saturday and Sunday (November 2 and 3). Come along for a great family weekend and watch the champion working dogs in action plus plenty of fun events for kids and City Slickers: Dog High Jump, Working Dog Race, Puppy on Sheep, free work instinct tests, reduced rate micochipping and vaccinations and meet the authors at the official country launch of Working Dogs and have them sign your book (available during the weekend). Camping available and catering provided (or BYO food and refreshments). Adults $5, children under 16 free. Beloka Kelpies. 5845 South Gippsland Highway Welshpool VIC 3966.
Be spooked at the Coal Creek Ghost Tour on Thursday October 31 (Halloween), from 8;30pm to 10.30pm.Discover the darker side of local history and listen to stories about Coal Creek’s ghosts. Not suitable for children under 12yrs. Children under 16yrs must be accompanied by an adult. The two hour tour cost is $25 per person, no concessions. Light supper provided. Tours must be pre-booked and pre-paid, Groups welcome, Max 20 persons. Phone 5644 1811 or email [email protected] for further information.
‘Staying Safe in Walkerville.’ Community get together and free event on Saturday November 2, beginning at 2pm at the CFA shed. Come and meet the locals and get to know your neighbours. Explore local history and role of fire. Understand fire behaviour and how to keep your family safe this summer. Sausage sizzle and fruit for children. Kids will love the burn table and can have a look at the fire truck. For further information call Francis or Barbara on 5663 2150.
‘Staying Safe in Venus Bay and Tarwin Lower’ will be held on Monday November 4 from 11am in the CFA shed at Tarwin Lower (next to the tennis courts).
Friends Of The Prom (FOTP), will host ‘Shine a Light for the Prom’ on Saturday November 2 in conjunction with the National Parks Association and the Prom Campers Association. This special event will be an action designed to catch the attention of the State Government and the general public in order to highlight the opposition to plans to hand over 99 year leases inside Victoria’s national parks to private development. Organisers need at least 1000 people at Tidal River inlet at Low tide on Norman Bay beach to create a torch-lit sign. Lots of activities during the day also.