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MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire’s Australia Day celebrations will include live music, entertainment, children’s activities, fireworks and lots of delicious food. Events will be held at Mornington Park, Dromana, Hastings and Rye foreshores, Mount Eliza and Rosebud villages greens, Sorrento Bowls Club and Sorrento-Portsea RSL, each with its own flavour and attractions. The shire-run event at Mornington Park will feature Kate Ceberano live on stage, while the kids will enjoy Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol, featuring appearances by Marshall, Chase, Skye and Rubble. The mayor Cr Sam Hearn said Australia Day was a time to reflect on what it meant to be Australian and…

ORQUESTA Bombon and Ventana Fiesta present Postcards of Tango, a musical and cultural voyage at the Frankston Arts Centre. Be transported back in time to the ports of Buenos Aires and Montevideo, where thousands of migrants arrived accompanied by their own unique rhythms and sounds. Through this musical, dance and visual arts journey from 1840 to 2020, you will witness how costumes and customs converged and harmonised to create the modern tango. A cast of 12 musicians, six dancers and two visual artists will powerfully bring the story of tango from South America to life for the first time in…

DISCOUNTED Early Bird tickets for the much anticipated Tyabb Airshow have just gone on sale for a limited time. Every second year the Tyabb Airshow provides the community an opportunity to get up close to the action as Warbirds from WW1 to current day ADF aircraft as well as historic & rare civil planes thrill and remind us all of how flying was. Some of these planes are very rare, some are the only operating examples in the world. They are not museum pieces, they fly. Come along and hear the sound of Rolls Royce Merlins, the roar of heavy…

MORNINGTON Peninsula Regional Gallery’s summer exhibition Sublime Sea: Rapture and Reality will run 14 December-23 February. This major summer exhibition will feature about 100 paintings, sculptures, photography, film and the decorative arts. They aim to reveal “how the sense of wonder and awe that has driven artists across the centuries is heightened today as the sea itself is under threat”. With loans from major galleries and museums, including NGV, NGA, Art Gallery of NSW, Queensland Art Gallery, Australian National Maritime Museum, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Museum Victoria and various private galleries, Sublime Sea: rapture and reality evokes the…

WITH that festive time of the year fast approaching, Santa is planning a return to Mornington Railway. Mornington Railway Preservation Society says its Santa Specials will return on Sundays 1, 8, 15 and 22 December, with two special afternoon departures on Saturdays 14 and 21 December. The rides give children and families the chance to enjoy some Christmas spirit while also experiencing the delights of the heritage railway which opened in 1889. The vintage steam locomotive K163, built in 1941, will be doing the hauling on the one hour return ride. Other activities to keep families entertained include a jumping…

MORNINGTON Art Show has signed up German-born sculptor Rudi Jass for its January Art show. In his Mornington Peninsula studio, Jaas designs and crafts sculptures characterised by clean-flowing lines and elegant forms. Working mostly in stainless steel, corten steel, and copper, his sculptures are often combined with accents of glass or stone. The pieces are all handmade in small or limited editions and are sought after by architects and landscape designers. Jass’s designs are displayed in small courtyards, gardens, balconies or amid modern architecture in urban and commercial developments. His kinetic sculptures move in the wind, adding movement to gardens…

ENGRAVER Perry Fletcher says he has always had a love of the “impressionist painters”, particularly Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh. While Fletcher’s most notable work, the engraving The Last Supper and Borders, took six years to complete, he has now completed 90 paintings reflecting the influence that Monet and Van Gogh had on his “direction in art”. These latest works were completed over 11 months, with Fletcher rising daily at 2.30am. The effects of Monet’s “colour” and Van Gogh’s “passion” on the Mt Martha-based Perry are being exhibited at Oak Hill Gallery until 28 November. The exhibition was opened…

THE Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association had made “provenance” awards to wineries producing three vintages of the peninsula’s “hero” wines – pinot noir and chardonnay. This year’s awards saw the provenance awards go to Yabby Lake Winery, at Tuerong for its pinot noir and Paringa Estate, Red Hill South for chardonnay. “The Provenance awards were envisaged as a different way of assessing chardonnay and pinot noir, looking at three vintages of a wine in detail, and in the context of consistency of quality, vineyard character, and winemaking style,” show committee chairman Lindsay McCall said. “As the Mornington Peninsula focuses more and…

RYE Primary School’s production of Be the Change was reportedly a huge success for all involved. Inspired by a quote from Ghandi: ‘Be the Change you want to see in the world’, the play evolved from a range of ideas contributed by students, parents and teachers. The bi-annual event featured students from Prep-Grade 6 who showcased their talents in the visual and performing arts. It featured lead actors, Drumbeat students, senior and 3/4 choirs, a rockin’ school band and dancers. Every year level had its own scene and theme to portray. The play centred around five kids who climb a…

CHILDREN on the Mornington Peninsula are invited to help find our missing frogs during FrogID Week, 8-17 November. The citizen-science project being run by the Australian Museum aims to collect audio of frog calls to monitor their populations and help save threatened frog species. So far, FrogID has identified more than 116,000 frog calls and identified 187 of the known 240 Australian frog species. Last year, more than nearly 7000 frogs from 95 species were recorded. The second annual FrogID Week aims to build on the critical data gathered from last year and find frog species missing from the museum’s…

MARK your diaries and make space on Sunday 8 December for a special new event coming to Mandalaye Park on French Island. Picnic in the Park promises to be a magnificent day of food, wine, gardens and music, so prepare your picnic blanket for an afternoon of alfresco dining in the grounds of this beautiful country property. The picnic will be set in and around Mandalaye Park Homestead & Gardens from 10am – 4.30pm. Western Port Ferries will be transporting guests to and from Stony Point on the Mornington Peninsula and Cowes, Phillip Island to experience a taste of life…

SATURDAY is Family Day where there’s something on offer for everyone, young and old at the Rosebud Foreshore Rockfest. Cars, bands, shows, competitions, food trucks, stalls and more is on offer throughout the day and night at the festival, held from 14-17 November. Thousands of visitors are expected to join in the great variety of events and activities, all thoughtfully created to appeal to all visitors, car enthusiasts and Rock ‘n Rollers alike. From 9.30am to 3pm Rosebud’s main strip rocks on with free Main Street family entertainment including internationally acclaimed Elvis Tribute Performer Mike Cole who will be All…

TWO different Mornington Peninsula gardens will open their gates to the public for one weekend next month. L’Oceane at Rye contrasts with Moats Corner, garden inland from Dromana that has evolved over the past 70 years. Open Gardens Victoria chair Liz Fazio describes Moat’s Corner as “a real treat … a six-acre country styled garden with a modern twist”. “The original garden features winding paths leading to an ornamental lake and various garden rooms, including more than 400 roses,” Ms Fazio said. “The newly built award-winning residence floats above a contemporary succulent and cacti garden created by Colin Hyett.” Named…

THE Peninsula Studio Trail Exhibition attracted a good crowd of art lovers to Southern Buoy Studios last month. Organiser John Trebilco said: “The sales were good, with many small-to-medium-sized works sold, so we were pretty happy. “We now have the Open Studio Weekends coming up on 16-17 and 23-24 November when the 20 artists in the group will have their personal studios and display areas open to the public. Peninsula Studio Trail has been running this annual event for 11 years. Members of the public are invited to visit the various studios over the two weekends to speak to the…

As storm clouds gather on the horizon most people seek shelter or prepare their properties for the worst; battening the hatches, so to speak. But that’s not the case with Yanni Dellaportas. The first sign of a storm sees him checking the weather bureau’s forecast. Where and when will it hit, how strong will the winds be or how heavy the deluge. Most importantly, will it be an electrical storm? Will there be lightning? If the answer to the last two questions is positive, Dellaportas, or Yanni as he is more commonly and professionally known, will be checking his camera…

THE Elvis Beach Party starts on Friday evening on The Village Green where for four and a half hours patrons can indulge in all things Elvis. It’s all part of Rosebud’s four-day Foreshore Rockfest and kicks off with the fabulous 14-piece Elvis Big band. Their two-hour show will see them perform all three decades of The King’s music including hits from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. This high energy show, complete with hula girls, is fronted by Logan Jeffs who performs Elvis vocals to a tee and is backed by top musicians from bands including The Melbourne Ska Orchestra, The…

WHILE successfully straddling the line between commercial success and managing to keep their Alternative Music roots secure, over their career, Eskimo Joe have racked up a long list of impressive stats. With 6 studio albums under their belts and sales in excess of 750,000, in Australia alone, the band has seen 3 of those albums debut at number 1 on the ARIA charts, with juggernaut ‘Black Fingernails, Red Wine’ shining for a monster 62 weeks in the Top 50 and “Foreign Land”, from their fourth album ‘Inshalla’, bringing home 2 APRA Awards, for Most Played Rock Song on Australian radio…

THE first 164 years of European settlement on the Mornington Peninsula had no shortage of dramas and historical events. History was recorded in books and diaries, then newspapers, photographs and eventually by radio and television. These days, events that make their way onto the internet will also become part of a history. Over the past four weeks Mornington-based radio station RPP FM (98.7) has been broadcasting a 10-part dramatised Time Capsules series on radio and as a podcast. The radio plays are being aired at midday every Wednesday for 10 weeks. “While listening to Time Capsules, an in-house created series,…

SOUTHERN Peninsula Players’ latest production is set in an elegant top floor London flat in the 1970s. Move Over Mrs Markham at Rosebud Memorial Hall is described as a hilarious play about misunderstandings, mix ups and mistaken identities. It revolves around respected, straight-laced – and happily married – Philip and Joana Markham. Farce descends when Mr Markham’s business partner, Henry, also married, convinces him to let him use the flat one night to enjoy a tryst with his latest conquest. Meanwhile, Henry’s wife, Linda – who knows all about his affairs – decides to have a fling herself. At the…

CAPE Schanck-based artist Di Crawford has explored many mediums in her career. Works from her “early days” with colourful silk threads to acrylics on paper and canvas to her latest painted mannequins are being shown to the public in her studio until Sunday 27 October. The works are part of her 12th solo exhibition and visitors (including children) are invited to explore the property which adjoins Mornington Peninsula National Park. Some of the proceeds from sales will towards drought relief for farmers. Di Crawford’s exhibition is open 10am-5pm daily until Sunday 27 October (opening at midday Saturday) at 360 Rogers…

MEET Igor, a part-time scarecrow and part-time electrician who is very good at changing light globes and passing solar panels up onto roofs. The gentle giant is a big supporter of Somers Primary School and will put himself up for auction at the 16th Annual Somers Arts Fair, 10am-5pm, Sunday 27 October. His sale proceeds will go to the school. Made from recycled Oregon studs, pallets and old bocce balls, the 3.6-metre Igor has fully articulated limbs and is finished in a mixture of linseed oil and boiled gum turpentine to protect him from the weather. His creator, David Colcott,…

MORE than 850 artworks, including landscapes and seascapes by Hans Fickler and Gary Laird, will be on show and on sale at the 48th annual Mornington Art Show. Art show judge Regina Hona will also exhibit some of her work. Works coming from throughout Australia as well as the Mornington Peninsula will include photography, glassware by Bobby Easton and wind sculptures by Rudi Jass. Held by Mornington Rotary Club, the art show will run for 10 days from the opening night on Thursday 16 January to Australia Day, Sunday 26 January. “We aim to maintain the tradition of presenting a…

THREE of the contestants from this year’s Australian Ninja Warriors contest have now swung their training towards scaling Arthurs Seat. Charlie Robbins, who won the grand final of the latest Channel 9 series, and fellow “warriors” Zak Stolz and Troy Cullen have been named as ambassadors for this year’s Arthurs Seat Challenge. All three coach gymnastics in Rosebud and are training at The Compound at Tuerong as part of their preparations for the next Ninja series. “With the roads being such a dangerous place, we need to help improve knowledge and attitudes, especially with phones,” Robbins said when asked about…

YANNI Dellaportas is more often than not carrying a camera. Known throughout the Mornington Peninsula as a professional photographer Yanni (as he prefers to be known) works with flashes and available light. As a photographer with The News, he attends organised events, festivals and meetings, anything that can be classed as news. Unknown to many of his subjects, Yanni has for more than three decades had a private project: photographing lightning. He happily acknowledges being a stormchaser. While his days of keeping an eye out for incoming storms are not about to end soon (if ever), Yanni has published a…

BUSINESSES and the community will come together at this year’s Balnarring Sustainability Fair to present workshops, stalls and activities aimed at securing a more sustainable future. The 4-7pm, Saturday 12 October event will be headlined by Josie Jones, whose active commitment to protecting Port Phillip by reducing waste earned her this year’s Mornington Peninsula Shire Citizen of the Year award. A series of workshops will include the team from Talking Hens, Merricks, discussing the best ways of keeping backyard chickens, while bee enthusiast Nick Harrison will discuss making homemade beeswax candles. The Balnarring Primary School fundraiser will open with a…

THE creative results from attending courses at Hastings U3A were on show at the “university’s” Community Art and Craft Show. Held in the Hastings Community Hall over two days, the show gave members of the public a chance to find out more about the activities and courses run by Hastings U3A (university of the third age). The name U3A derives from the number three signifying a lifetime of three segments: childhood independence; employment, parental responsibility; and the third age of being over 45 and retired or semi-retired. The not-for-profit organisation provide opportunities for its members to share knowledge and skills.…

IF there is truth in the adage “a picture is worth a thousand words”, visitors to an exhibition by Amanda Stuart will be well informed. The nine subjects of Stuart’s photographic portraits have been reproduced on posters along with their autobiographical anecdotes along with personal photos. Stuart says her intention was to produce posters that “explored, through words and images, the significant events that shaped the lives of nine very different men”. “I have done a portrait of each man, which is separate from the poster. Not a photoshopped portrait, but a photo of them as I see them for…

MORNINGTON Peninsula artists have organised two major events during October and November. The annual Peninsula Studio Trail art exhibition runs 11-23 October at Southern Buoy Studios, Mornington followed by two open studio weekends in November. There are now 20 artists in the peninsula art group, many have won awards and are known on the peninsula and internationally. They offer work in many mediums and across genres, including painting (traditional and contemporary), drawings, ceramics, sustainable sculpture from recycled materials, jewellery, metal art and printmaking. During this month’s 13-day exhibition at Mornington, several of the artists will be on hand all day…

ALTHOUGH there are a couple of months to go, finishing touches are being made to some of the 800 toys being readied for Christmas by Woodworkers of the Southern Peninsula. Each year the woodworkers hand the toys over for charities to bring joy to needy children. As well as working towards their toy quota, the woodworkers have this year moved from makeshift tin sheds in Besgrove Street, Rosebud to a purpose-built workshop at the Vern Wright Reserve, Elizabeth Avenue, Tootgarook. The move made way for work to start on the Rosebud Aquatic Centre and created “an interesting and wonderful year”…

TIM Freedman has been talking about impending new songs for years. Now he is putting it in writing that he will perform some new material in his solo tour this October and November 2019, and that he is prepared to be run out of town if he doesn’t deliver. “Hopefully the new songs aren’t too successful though, otherwise I’ll earn too much to retain my franking credits. Unfortunately, like every one else in the world, I just had to express myself.” Freedman is best known as the front-man and songwriter of Australian band ‘The Whitlams’ – an Australian Recording Industry…