A TREASURE chest brimming with plenty of activities for people of every age to see, admire, do, learn and relish will open on Friday March 5 at the start of the 2021 Prom Coast Festival this Labour Day long weekend.
The Prom Coast Festival’s 20-page full colour program and website are packed with live music, film, flowers, fresh local food, stories for young and old, art, lanterns and lights, movement, images, humour, bushwalking, mountain bike racing, and more!
Entirely organised by the Prom Coast community, this eighth iteration of the biennial Festival celebrates the Corner Inlet district and its artists, creators, performers and produce growers as well as its world-renowned natural environment.
Nearly every township, village and hamlet in the area is hosting one or more events, from Foster, Fish Creek and Meeniyan, south to Sandy Point and Yanakie, east to Toora and Welshpool, and even on Wilsons Promontory itself.
On Friday March 5
First up on Friday March 5 is the “Between the Covers” Book Chat for children at the Foster Library, starting at 10.30 am, with a Book Chat session for adults at 2.30 pm. A second kids’ Book Chat is scheduled for 10.30 am on Sunday March 7.
The 60th annual Welshpool Garden Show is blooming in the Welshpool from 1.30 pm to 5 pm on Friday March 5, and again from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday.
Also on Friday March 5, the Fish Creek Memorial Hall is the venue for the Fish Creek Film Society’s screening of The Assistant starting at 7.30 pm, while the Yanakie Hall will be jumping to the sounds of the Moosejaw Rifle Club from 7.30 pm.
On Saturday March 6
From Saturday March 6 to Monday March 8 between 10 am and 3 pm, encounter the Notable Women of Our Districtexhibition at the Foster Museum as part of the annual International Women’s Day global salute to women past, present and future.
The winners of the Prom Country Community Bake-Off will be revealed in the Foster Football Club rooms at the Foster Showgrounds on Saturday March 7 between 1.30 pm and 3.30 pm. Entries must be delivered to the rooms between 9 am and 10.30 am on the day.
The Picnic in the Park at the Foster Showgrounds features a line-up of eight different top-quality live music performances from 11 am to 8.30 pm on Saturday March 7 and includes the enchanting Twilight Lantern Parade from 7.30 pm.
In the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre on Saturday March 7, some of Australia’s funniest funny people will be on stage in the Prom Coast Comedy Event starting at 8.30 pm.
New South Welsh indie folk band Little Quirks are playing in the Sandy Point Community Centre in Church Parade in Sandy Point from 8 pm on Saturday March 6.
On Sunday March 7
Tidal River Open Space (TROS) will lead a bushwalk to Millers Landing in Wilsons Promontory National Park on Sunday March 7 starting from the Vereker car park at 9.30 am. BYO morning tea!
Youngsters and their parents will be able to meet some of their favourite authors and illustrators at the Fish Creek Children’s Literature Day at several venues in and around Fish Creek from 10 am to 7 pm on Sunday March 7.
There will be storytelling, performances, workshops, talks, roaming entertainment, paper planes, tiny creatures who live in the ground and a chance to make a picture book from craft materials.
High-speed bicycle action commences on Cement Hill in Foster at 10 am on Sunday March 7 in the Foster Mountain Bike Cross Country Race, with solo and team classes for men, women and juniors.
Pre-book and order before assembling at the Meeniyan Recreation Reserve on Sunday morning March 7 before the Prom Coast Food Collective’s Mystery Picnic departs for destinations that are bound to be memorable but until then unknown!
On Sunday evening March 7 expect to be extremely well-fed during Wiggy’s on the Green 5-Course Degustation Dinner at the Foster Golf Club from 6 pm.
All or nearly all weekend
Be illuminated all weekend from Friday March 5 to Monday March 8 and beyond by the imaginative and marvellous installations in the windows of Foster’s shops and businesses during the Prom Coast Festival’s Light show.
The Notable Women of Our District exhibition is open between 10 am and 3 pm from Saturday March 6 to Monday March 8 at the Foster Museum and is presented by the Foster and District Historical Society to highlight International Women’s Day and honour local women, too.
Discover the extent of Prom Coast’s artistic, creative, design and curatorial talents at any or indeed all of the 14 galleries, studios and the fully-accredited Foster Museum within the Corner Inlet district.
Seek out and visit the galleries and spaces to be found at Fish Creek, Foster and Toora.
“HOPING FOR GREAT ATTENDANCES AND WEATHER”
Prom Coast Festival committee president Lynne Lyon said she and her fellow committee members were “hoping with fingers crossed for great attendances and that the weather will be with us.
“The 2021 Festival program is packed with events representing a really good cross-section of the Prom Coast community and we’re all looking forward to a really wonderful long weekend!” she said.
“The committee did not get as many months as we would have liked to plan and organise the Festival due to COVID-19 but, instead it was short and sweet and quite amazing how so much has come together so well!”
“It will be difficult to make decisions about which events to go to, there are so many to choose from,” Lynne said.
“I’ll be cramming in as much as I can during the entire Festival, but I must say the Mystery Picnic arranged by the Prom Coast Food Collective and starring locally-grown produce is rather intriguing … !”.
Lynne offered hearty thanks to the Festival’s committee, its major sponsors and supporters, and the people of the Corner Inlet district for their generosity, interest energy and encouragement.
A special “shout-out” also went to Hello Collective’s Emma Barrett who produced the Festival’s “brilliant artwork and did the social media for almost nothing!” she said.
“The Prom Coast Festival Committee is aiming to ensure all guests at the Festival events are safe from the COVID-19 virus, and we encourage everyone stay home if unwell, to wear masks where appropriate and to use the sanitising stations in each venue,” Lynne said.
“The 2021 Prom Coast Festival is almost here and it certainly will be a very busy few days!”
Festival information and bookings
Go straight to the 2021 Prom Coast Festival’s website at www.promcoastfestival.com.au for detailed Festival information, dates, times, booking requirements and to find a printable Festival program!