FOLLOWING on from a successful first weekend, the Prom Coast Seachange Festival has a whole more to offer.
This week Prom Coast schools will be taking part in workshops with celebrated local author and Australian Children’s Laureate Alison Lester and a special performance offered by Regional Arts Victoria, The Fairytale Cookbook, where the audience influence the actors and help create the storyline of the play.
Food is the focus at Foster’s Manna Gum Community House with internationally trained chef Tam Waters who specialises in seafood providing a practical workshop on Thursday 30 March to take the fear out of cooking fish. Bookings (03) 5682 1101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Champagne and raffles add to the fun of The Ark Clothing Company’s Travel Edit Workshop at 7.00pm on 30 March. Share in the tricks of the trade for packing lightly but wisely. Whether you are heading near or far, The Ark’s workshop will show how to pack your entire travel wardrobe into a standard carry-on bag. To book, contact Deb Bray 0428 393786.
FRIDAY 31 MARCH
Friday begins with Under the Sea Storytime at the Foster Library. Join Marg at 10.30am for morning of watery stories, fun and surprises for all ages. Bookings (03) 5622 2849.
Pot-bellied seahorse, brightly-coloured seastars and sponges, and communities of sea squirts and anemones. Sounds like the Great Barrier Reef, but no, it’s our own Corner Inlet. Find out more about the underwater wonderland right on our doorstep from Dr Mark Norman at 5.00pm at the Manna Gum Community House.
Further inland, in the beautiful setting of Waratah Hills Vineyard, enjoy a 5.00pm concert by Opera Australia’s Samantha Du Rennes performing songs from opera, Broadway and well-loved shows. An amazing setting for a relaxing evening and an un-missable experience. Bookings: www.promcoastseachangefestival.org or Main Street Revelations, Foster.
SATURDAY 1 APRIL
Starting out early, the Corner Inlet Connections Canoe Tour will paddle down one of the Prom Coast’s major waterways, the Agnes River. South Gippsland Landcare and the West Gippsland CMA will take you through the lower catchment visiting adjacent properties and hearing about the project, its challenges and its successes. Selling-out quickly, contact Jill Vella (03) 5662 5759.
At the top end of the catchment, the Agnes River cascades 59m to form Victoria’s highest single span falls. The Friends of Agnes Falls will host an open day from 10.00am to 4.00pm and share with you their vision for vision and plans for this iconic tourist destination. Souvenirs, a sausage sizzle, and refreshments will be available for purchase to support the group’s activities and a raffle will be drawn on the day. Follow the signs from Toora.
Have you ever been curious about what might be Between the Covers? Come along to Foster Library at 10.30am and hear library staff chat about their good reads and browse some of the library’s new materials. Bookings (03) 5682 1735.
Join the arts community of the Prom Coast in acknowledging and celebrating the talent, creativity and prowess of this year’s Great Southern Portrait Prize entrants and winners. Brought to you by Prom Coast Arts Council, the presentation of awards will take place at the Stockyard Gallery, Foster at 11.00am.
The award winning Greenhouse Restaurant is holding a Wine Party cellar door tasting and sales event from 2.00-6.00pm featuring Gippsland’s premium producers. Hors d’oeuvres and tasting platters will be available and the kitchen will be open for orders. Enjoy a welcome pack valued at over $100 and be entertained by John Rees of Men At Work fame. Tickets can be purchased at the Greenhouse in Foster or by credit card over the phone (03) 5682 1930.
Saturday in country towns is synonymous with football and netball, and the Seachange Festival is pleased to have the first matches of the season Foster vs DWWWW (Devon Welshpool Won Wron Woodside) as part of its program. Seniors will play a twilight match under lights starting at 5.00pm.
SUNDAY 2 APRIL
Waratah Hills Vineyard in Fish Creek will host a Kitchen Garden Workshop and morning tea at 10.00am this Sunday. Donna Robinson will provide insight and practical tips about garden design, maintenance and companion planting. Bookings can be made directly with the Vineyard (03) 5683 2441.
Also kicking off at 10.00am is the Seachange Makers Market, a great event for the entire family. Fish Creek hall will be buzzing with the excitement and activity of a market offering an eclectic mix of stallholders selling local produce and handcrafted products. Market day will also feature music, fun and activities for all to enjoy including busking, music, U3A circle dancing and paper planes.
Sponsored by Who Gives A Crap toilet paper, the Fly High and Far – Paper Plane Challenge workshop is at 10.00am. Participants can share tips and gain insight into construction, pre-flight and deployment. At 11.00am the Fish Creek tennis courts become the market’s testing ground and fly zone for the paper plane challenge; sign-up on the day or for further information contact 0428 393 786.
The Celian Rosser Gallery will host Stephen McIntyre, Associate Professor in the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, at 7.00pm Sunday evening. Stephen is one of Australia’s most distinguished pianists, and highly regarded worldwide having performed throughout Australia the UK, Italy, France, Germany, Holland and India. Tickets are $45 and bookings can be made online www.promcoastseachangefestival.org or in person at Main Street Revelations, Foster.
“There’s been a fantastic response to the festival, it’s a testament to the commitment of the local community and recognition that the Prom Coast has a whole lot to offer,” added Deb Bray. “It’s great to see so much going on and so many people out and about exploring this beautiful part of the world.”
Keep checking the festival website www.promcoastseachangefestival.org and Facebook page for event updates and booking details.