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A REIMAGINED 2021 Seniors Festival will be staged next month. Mornington Peninsula Shire, community, businesses and organisations have put together a COVIDSafe calendar of events complementing a host of online and radio programs through the Victorian Seniors Festival website. Events and offers include a free plant giveaway at The Briars, the workshop Compost Like a Champion at the Eco Living Display Centre, Tai Chi at shire libraries, community choir workshop, and downsizing your home online information sessions. The festival will be launched on the inaugural Australian Ageism Awareness Day: Friday 1 October, coinciding with the UN’s International Day of Older…

DURING this dynamic two hour production show Scot Robin who played the lead role in the smash hit musical “Buddy”, (Original cast) together with his Crickets will perform over thirty of Buddy Holly’s hit songs such as – That’ll Be The Day, Heartbeat, Think It Over, Peggy Sue, Raining In My Heart, Rave On, Maybe Baby, True Love Ways and of course Oh Boy! & much much more. This Internationally Acclaimed production show has and will continue to mesmerise and excite audiences both visually and musically with it’s high energy performance, brilliant costumes and fantastic musicianship. Scot Robin has been receiving rave reviews…

TWO of Queensland’s best-loved actors, Barbara Lowing & Roxanne McDonald, are set to bring their original Australian contemporary theatre production of Rovers to Frankston Arts Centre in July. Rovers is a delightful and modern comedy-drama that has had audiences around Australia laughing, crying and celebrating the imagination and heart of Australia’s trailblazing women. Woven from true stories and wild machinations, this is a fast-paced & poetic night at the theatre. If you have ever faced a seemingly insurmountable obstacle, had to keep a family secret or said yes to a crazy dare in a bar, then this funny, heart-warming and…

MORNINGTON Peninsula Regional Gallery exhibition ‘Surreal Landscapes’ explores the natural world through historic and political narrative. Curated by Danny Lacy and Rosie Weiss, the show includes newly commissioned work alongside select loans from Hayley Millar Baker, Nadine Christensen, Peta Clancy, Emily Ferretti, Tara Gilbee, Philip Hunter, Raafat Ishak, James Newitt, Emma Phillips, Christian Thompson AO. The works explore personal or historical narratives and embeds political and social commentary, for example, Indigenous photographer Peta Clancy’s powerful photographic-based works taken on a submerged indigenous massacre site in north west Victoria. The poignant and powerful works are showing now at MPRG until 22…

HAILED as the international ‘Queen of 70’s Pop’ Helen Reddy was Australia’s very first truly international superstar. In 1973, her iconic song I Am Woman became the unforgettable anthem of the women’s liberation movement and made her the very first Australian to ever win a Grammy Award. During her remarkable career she placed three #1 hits on the US Billboard charts and six more in the US top 10. She sold over 25 million albums and played to sellout concert houses right around the world. She even hosted her very own prime time series on U.S.Television. Then, all…

ICONIC mainstay festival Sunset Sounds is thrilled to get Victoria in on the action, set to delight music lovers at Hastings Foreshore Reserve on November 28. This epic Sunday session will kick off at 1pm (gates at 12pm) and will wrap by 8pm and will feature an impressive lineup of some of the country’s most prized singer songwriters; Xavier Rudd, Pete Murray, Kasey Chambers, Josh Pyke, Ben Lee, The Church, Kyle Lionhart and D’arcy Spiller. Tickets go on sale at 10am AEST on Friday July 2. Excited to be headlining Sunset Sounds at Hastings Foreshore Reserve, Xavier Rudd says, “It’s…

MARGARET Fulton – ‘the first lady of Australian food’ was born in Scotland in 1924, moving to Glen Innes, NSW with her family when she was just three years old. After her schooling years Margaret moved to Sydney to pursue her dream of becoming a cabaret performer, however she ended up living next door to a “lady” of the night and working in a nuts-and-bolts factory, a job she couldn’t get away from quick enough and finally landing as a position as a cooking teacher at The Australian Gas Light Company. Her career as a food writer was soon to…

SILVER Leaf Art Box at Merricks will present a solo exhibition of new works on paper and a project-box installation by Mornington Peninsula artist Rosie Weiss, 22 May-13 June. The exhibition will coincide with Rosie Weiss – Collected Works showing at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, highlighting a suite of recently acquired pieces that provide an overview of her work 1979-2018. Weiss completed a Police Point artist’s residency in 2015, and in 2019 exhibited a large-scale installation titled On the Edge 1979-2019. It was part of In the Valley, a group exhibition about climate change at MPRG. Weiss has exhibited widely…

ARTISTS along the Peninsula Studio Trail are opening their doors at the end of this month for an open studios weekend  (29, 30 May). Visitors are invited to visit the studios, speak with the artists about their creative process, see new artworks and satisfy curiosity about what goes on in the creative artist’s mind. The group has new branding with signs showing the way along the trail designed by portrait and graphic artist, Marta Gola. A website map makes it easy to plan a trip to the three art zones. There are 30 artists along the Peninsula Studio Trail, which…

AN exhibition of photos taken in Argentina is on display at the Frankston Arts Centre. Photographer Osvaldo Civetta was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He emigrated to Melbourne when he was 15. At the invitation of a friend he returned to his country of birth, where he shot photographs of Indigenous Argentinian people. He is now displaying his work at the Arts Centre as part of an exhibition titled Roots, Raices. “The exhibition was inspired through an invitation by friend and artist Jaime Torres, Argentine musician and world-renowned interpreter of charango, to visit his cultural centre in his native province…

THE Victorian Maritime Centre museum in Crib Point now includes an exhibition dedicated to those who served on HMAS Australia 11. The exhibition was opened on Saturday 27 March by Victoria’s Chief of Navy, Commodore Greg Yorke. The exhibition includes a background painting by maritime artist Randall Wilson and a documentary by Wayne Gibbs. Two veterans that served on the ship, Petty Officer Des Shinkfield and Signalman Bruce Crowlmong, were among the 60 people at the opening. Mr Crowlmong recited a poem written by fellow crewman Alan Fenton about his wartime experiences aboard the ship. Hiram Ristrom, a coxswain who…

Point of difference: Painters’ interpretations of what photographers captured through the lens at Gunnamatta, above, and a restaurant at Sorrento are among the works at Sorrento Studio over Easter. Pictures: Supplied . . . . ARTISTS gain ideas and inspiration from many sources, but for an exhibition being run over Easter at Sorrento, all the works are based on photographs. Photographers and artists from Studio Sorrento collaborated throughout the coronavirus lockdown, with the photography group posted about 80 photos online from which the artists could create artworks in their own style. The coming together of the two genres led to…

CITY racing comes to the Mornington Peninsula for Neds Mornington Cup Day this Saturday 20 March. It is one of the most stunning days trackside you’ll ever experience on the Peninsula. From the rolling front lawn, to the deck with Winning Post views or three-course dining, there is a space and an experience for everyone. For a relaxed day on the lawn, set yourself up trackside with the Squealing Pig Spritz Bar dedicated to keeping you hydrated across the day and an array of food trucks with a selection of snacks and meals to keep your hunger pangs at…

Arthurs Seat Eagle is taking love to new heights with its ‘Cupid Cabins’ for Valentine’s Day. Lovers, pal-entines and gal-entines will be able to indulge in a special twilight experience for two aboard a private gondola over the Mornington Peninsula. Waiting onboard, guests will discover two glasses of T’Gallant sparkling (or alternate beverage), a gourmet grazing platter, a sweet treat from Mornington Peninsula Chocolaterie and a single red rose by local florist, Artful Blooms. This is the first time guests can enjoy a glass of sparkling for Valentine’s day while gliding in one of the Eagle’s aerial gondolas, taking in…

ARTIST Vicki Sullivan chose the Moon as a light source to give her painting Moon Goddess an ethereal feeling. Little did she know that when first applying oil paint to a portrait of model Lena at her St Andrews Beach studio, that an image of the finished work would end up on the Moon. Sullivan’s work is included in a digital archive of works by visual, music and literary artists being carried in a time capsule aboard the Astrobiotics Peregrine Lunar Lander scheduled to be sent to the Moon in July. Sheww said the delivery would be the first art…

WESLEY Orbison, Roy Orbison’s eldest son is very proud to fully endorse and present this amazing live concert experience remembering his father as we relive the sound & all the magical hits of Music Legend Roy Orbison in an International production starring The sensational Voice From Down Under John Stephan. This is the only show of it’s kind in the world and is officially endorsed & presented by Roy Orbison’s eldest son Wesley Orbison. Featuring spoken word from Wesley with a very personal narrative of Roy’s intriguing yet tragic life. Superstar Roy Orbison was one of the world’s greatest…

COME and Celebrate the magical hits of The King Of Rock n Roll in a sensational 2 hour Concert Spectacular. All of Elvis” No 1 hits will be performed in the original style that made Elvis the greatest performer that ever lived. Internationally Acclaimed sensation Mark Anthony, one of the most dynamic Elvis tribute artists in the world today, brings this unique period to life – the songs, the costumes, the emotion, the energy, the raw power – all brought together in a two hour concert spectacular. With over 600 million record sales worldwide and 3 time Grammy Award…

AN online wine directory was launched last week to help consumers “find their perfect local wine based on their taste preferences”. Behind the Vines links lets wine buyers take a virtual tour of wineries throughout the state and then order straight from their chosen producer. The state is said to have more 21 wine regions, but for these online sales the Mornington Peninsula is classified as being part of Pinot Coast, one of “Victoria’s Five Wine Pillars”. Orders and information about wineries can be “filtered” by choosing type of wine (red, white, rose, sparkling, sweet or “any”); taste (delicate through…

PENINSULA Film Festival will open with the feature Don’t Tell at the Peninsula Cinemas, Rosebud, Friday 5 March. The three-day festival was founded in 2011 by actor and Rosebud resident Steve Bastoni to give filmmakers the opportunity to have their work featured and to network with some of Australia’s leading directors, actors, and producers. The opener Don’t Tell will include a Q&A session hosted by Australian actor Lachy Hulme and provide an opportunity for guests to mingle with festival judges. Up to 20 shortlisted Australian filmmakers will present their films before the judges and film luminaries at Dromana Drive-in on…

THE blue-banded bee has buzzed its way to top spot in a poll to find a mascot to represent the Mornington Peninsula’s Gardens for Wildlife program. The brightly coloured bee, pictured, gets its name from the striking turquoise bands running across its fluffy gold and white body. This little creature is a big help in the veggie garden, performing a particular type of pollination known as buzz pollination, or sonication, in which it holds onto the flower and shakes its body rapidly. Certain plants, including tomatoes, will only release their pollen when buzzed in this way. The blue-banded bee…

WENDI Seymour lives by the sea and finds it as a great inspiration for her art. Appropriately, her exhibition which opened on Sunday (16 January) is titled At Sea and features her sometimes whimsical view of life in the waters that cover most of the planet. Before coming under the spell of the sea, Seymour was influenced by such artists as E H Shepard, Aubrey Beardsley and Ronald Searle. “After that, every artist I meet inspires me,” she said. “While looking out to sea, I love to scan the horizon, always hopeful of spotting a whale or a least…

SILVERS Circus will start its next tour at Mornington with the Sesame Street Circus Spectacular, from Wednesday 6 January. This 90-minute show features Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie, Super Grover and Big Bird as they find their place in the circus – from clowns to daredevils. The show was developed for the tour and includes the original Sesame Street voices recorded in New York. Tickets at ticketmaster.com.au/artist/837678 First published in the Mornington News – 22 December 2020

MORNINGTON Peninsula musicians are emerging from an COVID-enforced break from performing before live audiences. They were not always quiet during this year’s lockdowns, but most agree that streaming live over the internet is not the same as receiving feedback from an audience. One of the live music venues set to go with a series of concerts is the Pig and Whistle Tavern at main Ridge. Music was again being played late last month when the tavern hosted a private entertainment industry networking event ahead of a series of live shows leading into Christmas and for the following 12 months. The…

FRANKSTON Arts Centre welcomed back its first live audience in 258 days on Saturday 28 November for a musical performance of Spirit Lines: A Musical Reconciliation. Frankston City Manager Arts and Culture Andrew Moon said it was fantastic to welcome an audience of close to 100 invited guests as Centre staff trialled new COVID-safe practices. “The guests were socially distanced throughout the 800 seat theatre. Other safety measures included all audience members wearing masks, regular cleaning of touch points and new layout of the foyer space to improve traffic flow and encourage physical distancing,” he said. Originally programmed as part…

THE “Spoonville travels to Bethlehem” scene in the garden of the Mornington and Mt Martha Anglican Church allows children to be part of the original story of Christmas: the journey to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus, in a fun, crafty way. Liz Rankin, the deacon of the Queen Street church, said the scene aimed to bring “joy and Christmas spirit to families and the town as a whole”. And she is keen on getting everyone involved. “We’d like to have people place their own crafted spoon decorated with Christmas characters in the lead up to Christmas,” she said. “During…

SOMERS has a new attraction – the Totem Trail – and an illustrated “map” to help users find their way along it. Although organisers had to cancel Somers Primary School’s arts fair this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, they have embraced a new way to celebrate the character of Somers and raise funds for the school. Artist Lizzie Dennis has created a map featuring 24 totem poles dotted around the area. It has been printed on tea towels. Visitors are invited to use the map to take a stroll through Somers and spot the totem artworks. Totem Trail tea towels…

THE title of the book says it all: 2020 a year like no other. While nothing could have prepared Victorians for tragic surprises and uncertainties of this year, the writers’ group of U3a Dromana, has completed a book of short lockdown observations to illustrate how individual members fared during the pandemic. “Despite all the upheaval this year we kept on meeting virtually and decided to write a series of poetry and micro stories in the form of a journal,” organiser Sue Brown said. Nine others recorded their thoughts and observations on a weekly basis. “The writers’ group members have led…

THE only rule of the Tough Guy Book Club is that you do not talk about it. Described as a “fight club for your mind” the club is a “modern meeting place for guys of all walks of life to get together once a month to discuss not just the works of literary greats, but any and all of the issues that men tackle daily”. The inaugural meeting of the Mornington Tough Guy Book Club is 7pm tomorrow (Wednesday 4 November) at The Royal, 770 Esplanade, Mornington. Under discussion is Fahrenheit 451, a book by Ray Bradbury: the dystopian novel…

FREE online workshops and events are providing lessons on how to become conscious consumers. Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Fix It Festival focuses on implementing sustainable habits, including repairing broken items, earning money from unused items, growing veggies, composting and recycling. Consumers will be asked to consider the resources used to make the things they own and the environmental impact of throwing them away. Before buying something new, check to see if you have something similar you can reuse or repair. If the answer is no, ask can you borrow, swap, rent or purchase the item second-hand? Buying an items second-hand eliminates…

THE gardens at Heronswood were open to the public last Saturday (31 October) to be followed on 4 November by its cafe. Heronswood is also home to the Diggers Club and gardens that change and reflect the seasons throughout the year. The Diggers Garden Shop (10am-5pm daily) specialises in heirloom seeds, cottage flowers and edible plants along with flowering shrubs and cool climate trees. Heronswood is in Latrobe Parade, Dromana, call 5984 7321. First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 3 November 2020