HOWEVER you choose to celebrate Australia Day on Monday January 26, there are plenty of options to keep you entertained throughout the entire long weekend. Here are just a sampling of activities and events on offer in the district.
The great outdoors
The Alf Willder Memorial Junior Fishing Experience will be held on Saturday January 24 at Port Franklin with categories for both boys and girls from 0-10years and 11-16 years. Registration begins at 8am and fish weigh-in at 1pm. Helpers available for rigging and baiting. Entry is just $4 and bait is free. Great prizes are available in all categories.
Go along to the Foster Swimming Pool’s Pool Party & BBQ on Sunday and enjoy live music from The Acquaintances and The McCrackens. Gates open at 11.30am.
THE Sweet Sunday / Wedding Expo will be held at the Sandy Point Community Centre on Sunday from noon to 4pm, featuring a great variety of experts, goods and services which could be of interest even to those not about to walk down the aisle. For further information see page 19 of this edition of The Mirror.
Art & Craft
Meeniyan Art Gallery: ‘Fragment of a Journey’ collage in paper, text, photos and fabric by Sally Darlison in the main gallery. ‘Rustica,’in the Access Gallery featuring sculpture, jewellery and photography by Leslie Monahan and Bill Shaw. Open Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm.
Gecko Studio Gallery, Fish Creek: The ‘The Bower’ featuring paper collage, glass, sculpture and painting by Sarah Dingwall and Julie Niekamp. Open daily 10am to 5pm.
Stockyard Gallery, Foster: Life Aquatic Small Canvas Competition and Exhibition will be on display daily from 10am to 4pm. View the artworks and vote for Peoples’ Choice. Announcement of winners in all categories will take place February 8.
Be Enchanted School Holiday Program at 60 Ameys Track, Foster. Activities available for those 4 years of age and upward. Adults can even join in the fun! For full program of sessions which run at $25 each on Friday January 23 and Saturday 24 visit www.beenchanted.com.au
Join in the Open Mic Jam Session with The McCrackens at the Foster Golf Club on Sunday January 25 from 2pm to 6pm. Wanna-be and bona-fide singers and musos will be made most welcome as will those who just want to watch and listen. For further information on this free event contact the Club on 5682 2272.
Markets and Garage Sales
THE Promontory Home Produce & Craft Market will be held at the Foster Showground oval on Sunday morning. Come along and see one of Gippsland’s biggest and best craft markets with stalls of home produce, arts and crafts, plants, food, bric-a-brac and much more.
THE Australia Day long weekend is always a popular time to hold a garage sale. See the listings of garage sales in the Classifieds section of this edition of The Mirror and find yourself some great bargains.
Australia Day celebrations
Australia Day celebrations will be held at Meeniyan Hall on Monday from 8am to 8.45am featuring an address from Ambassador Nigel Dick, the presentation of awards and a musical performance. This will be followed by an ‘Aussie breakfast.’
Corner Inlet will celebrate this special day at Pearl Park with live music from Soul Purpose, a barbecue, displays, stall and activities from 12.45pm. The presentation of awards will take place at 2pm. There will be an ANZAC biscuit with both adult and children’s sections. Bring four of your biscuits along for judging at 12.30pm. For full details of celebrations in Foster, see the Australia Day feature in this edition.
For information on events in Leongatha, Korumburra, Mirboo North, Pound Creek and Tarwin Lower, see the South Gippsland Shire Council Noticeboard on page 11 of this edition of The Mirror.