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High tea in Fish Creek with Danny O’Brien

• Danny O’Brien enjoys tea and scones to help promote Tea Cosy Festival in Fish Creek. Back : Marge Arnup, Jose Goosens, Ann Todd, Heather Poletti. Front: Susan Poletti, Danny O’Brien, Nadia Stefani

BUILDING on the success of the 2016 Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival, the festival committee is currently planning for the 2018 festival and invites participation from local businesses, community groups and interested community members.

To this end they invited Danny O’Brien for afternoon tea on Friday December 1.

Danny had a lot of fun and enjoyed the delicious scones and cream and even ended up wearing a tea cosy on his head.

The 2016 festival was a wonderful example of a community working together and resulted in financial support for puppetry performances in Fish Creek, the primary school, kindergarten, CFA, Catholic Women’s League, Community Garden, Scouts, Fish Creek Union Church and the Prom Coast Arts Council, ‘Fish on the Pub’ restoration project.

The 2018 festival will be held from May 19-27 and aims to support the community by:

  • Strengthening existing partnerships and developing new collaborations between individuals, organisations and businesses within Fish Creek and the South Gippsland district
  • Supporting Fish Creek to become a destination for all people in all seasons
  • Supporting business sustainability outside the traditional tourist season
  • Providing cultural experiences to the local community and festival visitors
  • Allowing participants to showcase their talents
  • Providing a funding source for future festivals
  • Providing a funding source for implementing Fish Creek community projects.

The theme for the 2018 festival is inTEAnational. The initial program of events will include the following activities:

  • Tea Cosy Competition and Exhibition open each day of the festival
  • Tea Cosy workshops and demonstrations (Artist-in-Residence) May 19 and 20
  • High Tea (European music) May 20
  • Latvian Tea Trees Talking Installation – open each day of the festival
  • Puppetry workshops – early childhood and primary school participation
  • inTEAnational day (targeting seniors within the community) May 23
  • Market Day (stalls and live musical entertainment) May 26
  • Devonshire teas (each weekend)
  • Festival closing dinner with indigenous speaker Bruce Pascoe May 27

The opportunities for participation are many and varied for businesses, community groups and individuals.

“Creative input on how to enhance the festival and create opportunities for collaboration in presenting and promoting our cosy community to the wider world is most welcome,” said President Marge Arnup.

To have a member of the committee visit you to investigate how your participation can be of mutual benefit, please feel free to contact Marge Arnup, President 0427 881 440 or Susan Poletti, Secretary 0429 9363 25

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