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SAT 3: Coal Creek Literacy Festival, Korumburra 11am-5pm $500 for Best Story Story – Writing Competitions, each entry $15 entry fee – Picture Book Competitions, entry fee Open $10, Under 18 $5 – Open Poetry, entry fee $10 – Admission Adult $10, Concession $8, Child U/16 $5 includes a simple lunch – Phone 5655 1811 Email rowenaa@southgippsland.vic.gov.au Website www.coalcreekliteraryfestival.com

SAT 3: Coal Creek Ghost Tour, Korumburra 8:30-10:30pm $15 per person Phone 5655 1811 Email coalcreek1@southgippsland.vic.gov.au Website www.coalcreekvillage.com.au

SAT 3: Inverloch Parkrun Rotary Centenary Park, Ramsay Boulevard 8am-10am A weekly run/walk timed event along the magnificent Inverloch foreshore Mobile 0457 823 741 Email inverlochoffice@parkrun.com.au Website www.parkrun.com.au/inverloch

SAT 3: Koonwarra Farmers Market, Memorial Park, Koala Drive 8am-12:30pm Mobile 0408 619 182 Email koonwarrafarmersmarket@gmail.com Website www.kfm.org.au

SUN 4: Ride the Count Strzelecki Steam Train at Coal Creek, Korumburra $10 per person Phone 5655 1811 Email coalcreek1@southgippsland.vic.gov.au Website www.coalcreekvillage.com.au

SUN 4: South Gippsland Tourist Railway Korumburra Mixed Train Run (Freight & Passenger) Phone 5658 1111 Email info@sgr.org.au Website www.sgr.org.au

FRI 9 – SUN 11: Blessings of the Bikes Email bookings@mirboonorth.vic.au Website www.mirboonorth.vic.au

SAT 10: Coal Creek Craft Market, Korumburra 9am-2pm Phone 5655 1811 Email coalcreek1@southgippsland.vic.gov.au Website www.coalcreekvillage.com.au

SAT 10: Coal Creek Farmers’ Market, Korumburra 8am-12:30pm Mobile 0459 629 000 Email coalcreekfm@hotmail.com Website www.coalcreekfarmersmarket.com.au

SAT 10: Inverloch Parkrun Rotary Centenary Park, Ramsay Boulevard 8am-10am A weekly run/walk timed event along the magnificent Inverloch foreshore Mobile 0457 823 741 Email inverlochoffice@parkrun.com.au Website www.parkrun.com.au/inverloch

SAT 10: Rock’n'Roll Music & Dance, Fish Creek Memorial Hall 7-11pm $15 entry per person Kids free Proceeds to Fish Creek & District Primary School Mobile 0418 339 366 Email fffrocknroll@hotmail.com

SAT 10: Tarwin Lower Local Market From 8:30am Tarwin Lower Primary School, School Road Mobile 0410 466 260 Email enquiries@harmonylane.com.au

SUN 11: Loch Village Lions Market, Railway Siding 9am-1pm Mobile 0418 500 520

SUN 11: South Gippsland Tourist Railway Korumburra Mixed Train Run (Freight & Passenger) Phone 5658 1111 Email info@sgr.org.au Website www.sgr.org.au

SUN 11: Wonthaggi Make-It, Bake-It Market 9am-1pm McBride Avenue Mobile 0417 370 488 Eamil info@wonthaggibusinesses.com.au

SUN 11: Wonthaggi Rotary Market 8am-1pm Variety Market Apex Park, Murray Street Phone 5672 5204

THU 15: Meeniyan Mid-Week Market 10am-2pm Mobile 0402 995 063 Email robertsons3@bigpond.com

FRI 16: Sam Outlaw, Jonny Fritz, Shelly Colvin and The Nashville All Star Backing Band featuring Robert Ellis, Josh Hedley and more Tickets $40/$45 Meeniyan Hall, Whitelaw Street Email lyrebirdarts@hotmail.com Phone 5664 9239 Website www.lyrebirdartscouncil.com.au

FRI 16 – SUN 18: Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Phillip Island Phone 1800 100 030 Website www.motogp.com.au

FRI 16 – SUN 18: Leongatha Art & Photography Show, Memorial Hall Open Fri 1-5pm Official Opening Fri 8-10pm, Open Sat 10am-6:30pm, Open Sun 10am-3pm Entry $3 Website www.leonartshow.com.au

SAT 17: Inverloch Parkrun Rotary Centenary Park, Ramsay Boulevard 8am-10am A weekly run/walk timed event along the magnificent Inverloch foreshore Mobile 0457 823 741 Email inverlochoffice@parkrun.com.au Website www.parkrun.com.au/inverloch

SUN 18: Dawes support Barna Howard Tickets $40/$45 Meeniyan Hall, Whitelaw Street Email lyrebirdarts@hotmail.com Phone 5664 9239 Website www.lyrebirdartscouncil.com.au

SUN 18: Inverloch Farmers Market 8am-1pm The Glade, The Esplanade Mobile 0439 364 760 Email peter@rfm.org.au Website www.rfm.org.au

SUN 18: South Gippsland Tourist Railway Korumburra Mixed Train Run (Freight & Passenger) Phone 5658 1111 Email info@sgr.org.au Website www.sgr.org.au

SUN 18: Squeaky Beach to Picnic Bay – Wilsons Prom walk 9:30am The walks are generally about an hour and a half and are on tracks at the Prom. Participants are invited to walk at their own pace and can stop at any time. Morning tea provided – gold coin donation appreciated. Mobile 0427 808 540 Email dana@danahughes.com Website www.tidalriveropenspace.com

SAT 24: Inverloch Parkrun Rotary Centenary Park, Ramsay Boulevard 8am-10am A weekly run/walk timed event along the magnificent Inverloch foreshore Mobile 0457 823 741 Email inverlochoffice@parkrun.com.au Website www.parkrun.com.au/inverloch

SUN 25: Lions Inverloch Farmers’ Market 8am-1pm The Glade, Inverloch Foreshore Mobile 0417 370 488 Email info@inverlochfarmersmarket.com.au Website www.inverlochfarmersmarket.com.au

SUN 25: Picnic in the Park, Mossvale Park (Located at Berrys Creek between Leongatha and Mirboo North) 11am-4pm, Entry Gold coin donation, BYO picnic, various food stalls, coffee & wine tasting. Guided walks through the park.

SUN 25: Poowong East 80th Annual Craft & Flower Show 10am-4pm Poowong East Hall, Main South Road, Poowong East – Entry $5

SUN 25: Port Albert Make It, Bake It, Grow It & Collectibles Market 10am-2pm Port Albert Hall, Victoria Street Email portalbertprogress@gmail.com Mobile 0437 247 242 Website www.portalbert.vic.au/activities/port-albert-monthly-market

FRI 30 – SAT 31: Welshpool & District Flower Show, Welshpool Hall Fri 1:30-5pm Sat 10am-4:30pm Entry $3 Phone 5184 1376

SAT 31: Halloween at Coal Creek, Korumburra Phone 5655 1811 Email coalcreek1@southgippsland.vic.gov.au Website www.coalcreekvillage.com.au

SAT 31: Inverloch Parkrun Rotary Centenary Park, Ramsay Boulevard 8am-10am A weekly run/walk timed event along the magnificent Inverloch foreshore Mobile 0457 823 741 Email inverlochoffice@parkrun.com.au Website www.parkrun.com.au/inverloch

SAT 31: Inverloch Rotary Market 9am-3pm Community Hub, 16 a’Beckett St Phone 5663 5256

SAT 31: Mirboo North Community Market 8am-2pm Baromi Park, 49 Ridgeway (Main Street) Phone 5668 1688

SAT 31 OCT & SUN 1 NOV: 19th Annual State Cattle, Sheep & Ducks – Dog Championships at Welshpool Phone 5688 1250 Website www.belokakelpies.com

SAT 31 OCT & SUN 1 NOV: Southern Gippsland Wine Summer Starters – Food & Wine – Live Music – Mobile 0439 652 997 Email info@southerngippslandwine.com.au Website www.southerngippslandwine.com.au

SAT 31 OCT & SUN 1 NOV: Tarra Music Festival, Yarram – Live Music – Buskers – Street Stalls – Website www.tarramusic.net

Photo: Squeaky Beach – Australian Traveller Magazine

Tags: berrys creek, inverloch, koonwarra, korumburra, leongatha, loch, meeniyan, mirboo north, poowong, port albert, prom country, tarwin lower, welshpool, wilsons prom, wonthaggi

THE Prom Coast Seachange Festival goes from strength to strength. It grows in size, reputation and participant numbers, so much so that it now needs two weekends to do justice to the big program of 60 events on offer.

The 2015 program will offer a diverse range of events taking in the dates of 17-19 and 24-26 April and will incorporate the many significant ANZAC Day events already planned for the area.

According to festival chairperson Deb Bray it became clear from early in the planning process that more and more people, including businesses and community groups, want to be involved in the festival.

“Word is spreading and it is quite exciting now, that instead of the committee having to approach artists and groups to be involved, we are now being contacted by people from far and wide who don’t want to miss out on being included.”

The festival celebrates creativity, culture, lifestyle and landscape and provides a fantastic platform that attracts quality artists and performances to the region.

“The past four festivals have been extremely successful and well attended by locals, as well as the region’s regular holiday-makers, and visitors from a wide area including Melbourne and interstate,” explained Deb Bray.

“The festival committee is very passionate about providing a structure that is driven from within the community; one that showcases established activities and emerging skill-sets and, importantly, fosters quality events that draw attention to, and celebrate, this magnificent region.”

These priorities dovetail well with those of festival sponsors Toora & Foster Community Bank® branches, Esso BHP Billiton and South Gippsland Shire Council.

“We are pleased to welcome ABC Gippsland on board as our official media partner for 2015,” said Deb. “They have some great things planned for the festival, and will be with us during the first weekend running a free 1-day workshop titled ABC Open Gippsland Writer’s Festival and covering the festival through a series of interviews content for online features.”

Playwright and theatre director Chris Dickins’ Waratah The Musical will be produced in conjunction with FAMDA; accomplished violinist Cath Shugg will again play at the Celia Rosser Gallery in Fish Creek; Melbourne male choir, Low Rez take to the stage at the Fish Creek Hall; and, the Prom Coast Arts Council’s annual The Great Southern Portrait Prize will be exhibited at the Stockyard Gallery in Foster.

“The festival is a wonderful way to draw people together by providing something for everyone,” said Deb Dray. “From food and wine to sustainability and the environment, musicals and art to tours, sport and workshops.”

The Sustainable Architecture Tour and the Gippsland Food Adventure tour, both over subscribed events in 2013, will be on offer again in 2015 and, to get people out and about even more, activities such as bush walking, bike riding and garden tours are on the program.

Children will enjoy opportunities offered by renowned local author and artist Alison Lester at her recently opened headquarters in Fish Creek; there will be kite making and flying in Sandy Point; and, quirky performances such as dog dancing.

Long established events, such as the Prom Country Farmers Market, ANZAC Day commemorations and local sporting events such as the South Coast Boardriders surfing competition are included in the program and are an important part of promoting what’s on in the local area over the festival’s two weekends.

The traditional long lunch in Foster’s main street offers local traders the opportunity to showcase their wares. Many such business are partnering with local artists to turn their shop windows into exhibition space for exciting works of art that will be created utilising or depicting elements particular to the hosting trade. While lunching be entertained by acts including Bec and the Acquaintances and the South Gippsland Brass Band. Adjacent to the long lunch will be The Magic Theatre of Curiosities and Wonder. Be enchanted by mesmerising circus, magical mime, exquisite puppetry, curious clowns, accordion music, storytelling and film.

“There really is something for everyone”, remarked Deb Bray. “With so many great events organised by local community groups, sporting clubs and traders it’s impossible to list them all.”

“Pick up a program from local traders or check the festival website and Facebook page for updates and details on how to make bookings.”

Please visit www.promcoastseachangefestival.org.

Tags: fish creek, foster, port franklin, prom coast, prom country, sandy point, seachange, south gippsland, toora, walkerville, welshpool, wilsons prom, yanakie

At Mount Best, Port Welshpool, Toora & Welshpool, 4th – 8th January. The Sea Days Festival, The Show ‘n’ Shine, Tour de Garage’ & Kelpie Dogs Trials. Phone 5688 1051.

Tags: mount best, port welshpool, toora, welshpool

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