The Cat Empire on the prowl at Winefolk

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The Cat Empire will head an all-Australian line-up at the inaugural Winefolk at The Briars in December, with support from The Beautiful Girls, Ash Grunwald, Cookin’ On 3 Burners and Sun Salute.

“We’re thrilled to bring together this stellar Australian line-up for the first Winefolk,” said event producer Lisa MacGregor. “The Cat Empire is known far and wide as one of the world’s greatest party bands, and their genre-defying music will no doubt get the crowd up and dancing.” 

Winefolk is a new music and wine event presented by Red Hill Estate in conjunction with Scarlett Mac Events, the team behind the popular Peninsula VineHop Festival. “We’re thrilled to be working with Lisa and the team to bring this event to life,” said estate owner Frank Fabrizio. “We’re celebrating 30 years of Red Hill Estate this year, so we wanted to mark it by sharing our love of wine, music and the Mornington Peninsula.”

Lisa said: “We’re proud to showcase some of the best wine, beer and cider producers on the Peninsula. Jetty Road Brewery, Mornington Peninsula Brewery, Red Hill Brewery, Ten Sixty One Cider and Two Bays Beer will be joining us at Winefolk alongside Red Hill Estate.

“Think chilled summer vibes, top-notch wine, beer and cider, and delicious food. It will be a fun, memorable day out — and an easy way to get family and friends together for an end-of-year catch-up. Earlybird tickets have already sold out, so we encourage anyone thinking about coming along to book their tickets soon.”

Winefolk is an 18+ event and is on Saturday, December 7, at The Briars, 450 Nepean Highway, Mount Martha. Gates open at 1pm with music from 2-8pm. General admission tickets are from $96 plus booking fee with VIP packages available for $280 plus booking fee and are available from

All aboard the VineHop shuttle

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A new Sunday shuttle has been introduced for the third annual Peninsula VineHop Festival next month, making it even easier for everyone to experience the best beverages the Mornington Peninsula has to offer. Twenty-six Peninsula-based wine, beer, spirit and cider brands will feature across 10 venues for the popular festival on the weekend of November 16-17.

VineHop founder Lisa MacGregor said the Sunday shuttle will visit Red Hill Estate at The Briars, Phaedrus Estate, Merricks General Wine Store at Baillieu, and Hickinbotham of Dromana.  “The two shuttle bus options for Saturday sold out really quickly this year, and most of the tour options have also now sold out,” Lisa said. “The Sunday shuttle provides people with more choice about how they experience VineHop. We know some people will prefer the Sunday, which we expect will have fewer people and a more chilled vibe.”

Also new this year is the Festival Hub at Red Hill Estate at The Briars. “Some people dislike travelling on buses, some want to drive and stay in one location, and others would like to bring kids with them. The Festival Hub ticks all those boxes and still provides a memorable VineHop experience, with pop-up bars, music, food trucks and more all in the one location.”

Tickets for the Festival Hub for Saturday and Sunday are free of charge for children under 18, and private 54 and 24-seat buses are available for both days.

New brands participating in this year’s festival are the much-loved Foxeys Hangout, gluten-free beer brand Two Bays Brewing Co, Balnarring vineyard Is Blue and Dromana-based Mr Little Cider. “We’re thrilled to welcome new brands to VineHop this year. It showcases the incredible variety of wines, beers, spirits and ciders the Peninsula has to offer, and enhances the experience of festival-goers.” 

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Free festival fun for everyone


Spring is in the air and so is the start of another festival season on the Mornington Peninsula. It all kicks off with the Mornington Main Street Festival on Sunday, October 20, from 11am-5pm.  This free event for all ages is a huge showcase of food, wine, performing arts, market stalls and everything the Peninsula has to offer. 

With more than 80 market and food stalls, wineries, gin and cider, seven stages and performance areas, a children’s arcade and activities, and roving performers, there is something for everyone to enjoy. 

Joining the line-up of bands this year is This Way North (above), a two-piece with a huge sound taking the main stage. The Belair Lip Bombs will go off on the Albert St stage, and there will be many homegrown favourites such as Oskar Proy, Sunday Lemonade, The Distance (below) and Tillerman Pete as well as performances by Peninsula dance troupes and schools. 

The third annual Gloriana Pin-Up Girl competition will be held on the Albert St stage from 11.45am-12.30pm, while Soul Circus will be joining the children’s arcade once again along with Messy Shed, Hooptopia by Hoopsparx, Dudlee Djembe and much more. 

The festival could not be held without the generosity of such sponsors as Mornington Peninsula Shire, EastLink, The Grand Hotel, Mornington Peninsula Magazine, Tallis Foundation, Mornington Racecourse, Mornington Chamber of Commerce, Mt Eliza Lions Club and many more whose in-kind support is integral to the festival’s continued success. This is a Northern Mornington Peninsula Event. If you would like to support this event, email [email protected] for more details.

October sunset sustainability spectacular

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Learn about keeping bees, enjoy some of the Peninsula’s best music and even make your own pedal-powered smoothie at the 2019 Balnarring Community Sustainability Fair. Run as a twilight event on Saturday, October 12, from 4-7pm, the fair will be held in the leafy grounds of Balnarring Primary School and the surrounding Balbirooroo Wetlands and will include a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony performed by a representative of the Boon Wurrung Foundation.

There will be fun activities, vibrant market stalls, an art auction, hands-on workshops, live music, and fine Peninsula food and wine, all combining to create a festive atmosphere as the sun sets. Workshops and stalls will explore everything from backyard chickens to growing your own mushrooms and keeping bees, while students will provide sustainable offerings from their stalls, including herb seedlings, bush animal sculptures, reusable Christmas trees and more. 

Proceeds from the fair will go towards the school’s literacy program and the care and maintenance of the wetlands. For more information, visit or call the school on 5931 4444.

We’re all on the same page, so let’s write!

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The second annual Mornington Peninsula & Frankston Writers and Book Festival is just around the corner, so get your proverbial skates on and ‘book’ yourself a spot to explore and adore all things writerly.

From October 19-20, a who’s who of authors and guest speakers will be coming together to read, discuss and deliver their thoughts on the current state of literature, climate change, crime fiction and the artistry of the spoken word — and you’re going to enjoy it. This is an event for everyone who loves to read and write and discuss books. It is also spot-on for those of you on the Peninsula who are wishing to self-publish and meet and greet like-minded individuals.

The festival is a not-for-profit community-sponsored event co-ordinated by the Frankston Writers & Poets Society. This year, get along to Functions by the Bay in Frankston to be part of the ‘lit’ crowd and enjoy talks by the Rev Tim Costello, who will open the festival and talk about his latest book (see this edition for our interview with the man himself); Professor Ross Garnaut, who will be discussing his book on climate change; and the critically acclaimed spoken word artist and cabaret performer Amy Bodossian, to name a few. Dunkley federal Labor MP Peta Murphy will launch the Mornington Peninsula & Frankston Writers’ inaugural anthology, Time and Tide, on Saturday, October 19, while Writers Victoria will be chairing a Q&A session featuring celebrated crime authors, including John Hookham, author of The Russian Class, and Kirsty Ferguson. Andrea McCall will be the MC.

The Peninsula is alive with residents writing books, whether in the form of memoirs, historical novels, children’s books or self-help manifestos. The Mornington Peninsula & Frankston Writers and Book Festival celebrates this dedication to communication by offering two days of discussions about writing, publishing and what it means to be a writer in this day and age. There’ll be workshops on unleashing your poetic voice, crafting compelling characters and finding out more about your publishing options. There will also be more than 50 emerging authors for you to meet, plenty of delicious food, including vegetarian and vegan options, and a drink or two for good measure. After all, why not raise a glass in appreciation of all those writers who have given of themselves to entertain, exchange and sometimes revolutionise your life.

Mornington Peninsula Magazine is proud to be a sponsor of this excellent event, which showcases the breadth of dedication to the written word from writers across the Peninsula and beyond. Sit back, listen and learn. The Mornington Peninsula & Frankston Writers and Book Festival is on and you’re invited. Log on to to book your tickets and find out more.       


Just the right amount of wobble with Lady Fox

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Lady Fox describes her voice as “smooth, rich and warm with just the right amount of wobble”. This Mornington Peninsula resident, mother of three and just-shy-of-40 vocalist is bringing the best of jazz swooning and crooning to the Glamorlicious lunch at the Ranelagh Club in Mount Eliza on Thursday, October 3, with her rendition of Marilyn Monroe’s Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend, and you’re in for a real oozy auditory sweet treat. But more about that later . . . 

Lady Fox has been entertaining audiences since she was a teenager and is currently managing herself as the sultry solo performer of her Lady Fox Performs brand. She’s also the booking agent, publicist, secretary and general dog’s body who gets everything that needs to be done, done! Sounds like motherhood, anyone? For the past three years she has been working especially hard at fine-tuning her craft and ensuring that her passion for the golden era of jazz — think Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, cigar smoke and sequins — is spread far and wide. From jazz to soul, lounge to swing, blues, acoustic and rockabilly, this self-taught singer and cabaret performer has her sights set on the big picture. 

Lady Fox explains: “I’ve performed at festivals, weddings, corporate functions, in variety and theatrical shows and at charity events. I learnt to sing by listening to the best of them —artists like Ella and Billie. I’m an auditory learner. I perform solo but also do cabaret shows with musician Diddy Reyes, who helps me with most things because it can get tricky when you’re the one doing all the behind-the-scenes stuff and you’re on stage as well, but I love it. Diddy and I perform jazz and blues cabaret, including songs by greats such as Bessie Smith, Dorothy Daindridge and Etta James too. The next few months before and after the Glamorlicious lunch are looking very busy. I’m off to Magnetic Island and Townsville, Queenscliff, Adelaide and am performing at Cape Schanck at the end of the year too. You can log on to my website for details, to hire me for a show or to get tickets for an upcoming event.”

With three kids at home supporting her creative ventures, Lady Fox is first-class crooning all the way to the jazz-infused moon and back. Frocked up, hair styled, and simply glamorous, she performs at least once a week around town and is set to take The Manhattan in Mornington by storm soon too. She continues: “I love getting up on stage and connecting with an audience. Whether it’s singing covers or original songs at a burlesque show, a festival or a charity event, it’s all about bringing the authenticity of an era to life. One of the best things about my performing life is working with other women in the entertainment industry. We support each other and have each other’s backs. I really like that.”

Check out her social media handles below to ‘like’ Lady Fox Performs, and don’t forget to book for the ladies’ lunch of the season this October. It’s time to get Glamorlicious, raise money for Peninsula charities and experience just the right amount of wobble with the Fox. What a lady! 




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Lions, wings and wild-weather antics

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Looking for a rollicking good read full of romance, catastrophe, aviation escapades and madcap courage? Frankston South resident Di Websdale-Morrissey (not to be confused with Australian novelist Di Morrissey) has written a ripper of a non-fiction tale about an aviation race that took flight on October 20, 1934, from the Royal Air Force Station in Mildenhall, England, and ended two days and 23 hours later (for the winner) in Melbourne. 

Never heard about it? Well, you’re about to because On a Wing and a Prayer: The Race that Stopped the World will hit the bookshops on September 3. So strap yourself in and pull down your oxygen masks because the word ‘turbulence’ is about to take on a whole new meaning. Things are going to get bumpy!

Di explains: “I first heard about the race when I was listening to Radio National in 2015. I remember my hair standing up on end and wondering why I had never heard about it before. There were 20 planes involved, some of them big and some of them tiny. One was so small that the engineer had to curl up in a ball for the whole flight. Over 60,000 people gathered to see the planes take off from Mildenhall in England. The social set arrived in furs and silk slippers and had to walk overland to reach the airport because of the traffic gridlock. There were 40,000 people who came to see the planes arrive in Flemington. People were piled on slippery rooftops to catch a glimpse of these aerial adventurers. 

“There had been a couple of books written about the race previously — the first is now out of print and the second was for a general audience but with an aviation bent. I wanted to write about the race from a human viewpoint. There were so many amazing characters who participated in this race fraught with challenges, and their human stories were worth telling. My favourite character was a former lion-training American named Roscoe Turner. He was a great self-promoter and was constantly trying to get money to support his endeavours. He bought a lion cub and named it Gilmore after the American company Gilmore Oil. That cub sat in the plane with Roscoe wearing a parachute! And then of course there was the rescue of the winning plane caught in a fierce thunderstorm by the people of Albury.” 

But you’ll have to read the book to find out more.

Di had written three chapters of the book when she signed her contract with Text Publishing and it took a further nine months of writing from 8am until 4pm every day to complete the task. This is the fifth book for an author who grew up and got married in the Diamond Valley and moved to the Mornington Peninsula 10 years ago after her husband passed away. She continues: “My husband and I had made a day trip to Mount Eliza and we turned to each other and said: ‘We are going to live here one day’. And now I do! My house is big enough for all the kids and grandchildren to stay.”

Pull up your chair with On a Wing and a Prayer: The Race that Stopped the World this spring to explore a wonderful and wild story packed full of aviation adventure and the human spirit. 


Di Websdale-Morrissey will be in conversation at Farrell’s Bookshop in Mornington at 7pm on Tuesday September 17.


Seaside memories to last a lifetime

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Nothing evokes memories of summers by the beach quite like one of Miffy Pittaway’s gorgeous one-off shell and driftwood creations. This Mount Martha coastal artist has been collecting the empty shells of non-threatened and non-critically endangered sea creatures on South Gippsland beaches since she was four, and she lovingly incorporates them into her limited-edition artworks.

Veraison Restaurant, at 1889 Point Nepean Rd, Tootgarook, is where you’ll find the limited edition Driftwood Lobster, pictured, among Miffy’s other uniquely Australian handcrafted pieces. Each is meticulously created with love from the seaside. 

If you're interested in purchasing any of Miffy’s striking seaside-inspired works, just drop into Mark and Cherie Poulter's delightful restaurant to view or purchase one of these dramatic style-statement pieces.


M: 0400 178 635 

E: [email protected]



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Global exhibition lands in Mornington


Like moths to a flame, art-lovers will be drawn to Oak Hill Gallery this month when The Moth Migration Project alights on our shores. Founded by New York artist Hilary Lorenz in 2016, the project is a crowd-sourced exhibition of more than 20,000 hand-printed, drawn and cut-paper moths from artists in 26 countries.  

According to the project’s website: “Through social media and personal relationships, the moths became a symbol of community as the project exploded with thousands of submissions, satellite exhibitions, printmaking workshops, school art projects and family and community gatherings. The MMP creates a spirit more significant than any single community by fostering authentic connections and engaging public participation through a synergy of shared experience and embracing mutual respect for personal uniqueness and creativity.”

The exhibition will be launched on Sunday, September 1, between 2-4pm and continues until October 3. The gallery is open daily from 11am-4pm. For more information, phone the gallery on 5973 4299 or email [email protected], and find out more about the project at


A: 100 Mornington-Tyabb Rd, Mornington 

T: 5973 4299


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Festival returns with fun for all ages


The Mornington Main Street Festival is back for its 24th year on Sunday, October 20, from 11am-5pm, bringing a huge range of food, wine, performing arts and everything the Peninsula has to offer. With seven performance areas as well as stages, roving entertainment and children’s activities, it is a fun day out for all ages. 

Spend the day or just a couple of hours enjoying treats from across the Peninsula and beyond. There will be so many of the old favourites and local businesses getting involved, with the Grand Hotel, Assagini, Bronx, Doc and Casa De Playa all planning something special for the day along with more than 70 other food and market stalls.

Some of the Peninsula’s top wine, cider and gin makers — including Bittern Estate, Chirping Bird Wines, Dromana Estate, Elan Vineyard & Winery, Rebello Wines, Stumpy Gully Vineyard, T'Gallant Winemakers and Underground Winemakers — will showcase their vintages, which you’ll be able to taste, buy by the glass or take home.

This not-for-profit community event is only able to take place due to the support of Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and generous sponsors such as The Grand Mornington, EastLink, Mornington Peninsula Magazine, Mornington Racing Club, Lions International and so many others that all help either financially or in kind to make the festival such a success. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor to help support the festival, and for further details about the festival itself, visit

Stunning showcase of art and design

Artist Kirsten Jackson is one of the feature exhibitors at next month’s Mount Eliza Art & Design Show.

Artist Kirsten Jackson is one of the feature exhibitors at next month’s Mount Eliza Art & Design Show.

Artists, designers, sculptors and jewellers from the Peninsula and beyond will be exhibiting at the Mount Eliza Art & Design Show at Mount Eliza North Primary School next month. Feature exhibitors are artist Kirsten Jackson, photographer Lisa Atkinson, jeweller Starshine Design and master potter Ted Secombe.

The gala opening night on Friday, October 25, from 7.30-10pm will feature art, music, auctions, Edible Art Co canapes, Foxeys Hangout wine and Jetty Road beer. Over the weekend Café D’art will serve refreshments and light lunches, with a barbecue too. There will be kids’ activities in the café and a playground right outside. 

Tickets for the opening night are available now at, and weekend family tickets will be available at the door on October 26 from 10am-5pm and October 27 from 10am-4pm. Go to for further details. 

For the love of singing

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What brings this happy group of women out every Sunday evening whatever the weather?  Singing, of course. These are all members of the Mornington Peninsula Welsh Ladies Choir, which formed in May 2018 and is busy developing a repertoire for women’s voices. 

So what makes a ‘Welsh’ choir?  It isn’t about having Welsh ancestry, or just singing in that language.  It describes a style of singing in four-part harmony, with a very strong connection to community.  Welsh choirs are filled with enthusiastic amateurs who simply love to sing. 

Come along to a rehearsal at the Uniting Church in High St, Frankston, from 7pm on any Sunday and get a ‘feel’ for the choir.  You’ll be made very welcome.  For more information, email [email protected] or phone President Trudi Mackenzie on 0406 678 261.

Stories of inheritance and the season of renewal at Everywhen

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A new exhibition called ReGeneration: established and emerging talents of Aboriginal art features at Everywhen Artspace this spring. Special highlights are paintings and ceramics by artists of Australia’s oldest community art centre, Ernabella Arts in the APY Lands, and paintings from Papunya Tjupi at Papunya —  the inheritors of the famous western desert painting tradition. 

With more than 40 works from these and other Aboriginal-owned community centres around Australia, the exhibition focuses on the importance of stories being passed down through generations as well as a celebration of spring. 

“ReGeneration implies both the significance of the older generations passing on stories to new and emerging artists and also a celebration of the renewal of the land in springtime,” says co-curator Susan McCulloch.  “It’s a very uplifting and joyous time of year in many parts of the interior, especially throughout Central Australia, the southern desert areas of the APY Lands and the Pilbara as wildflowers burst into bloom, birds and bees flock to nectar-bearing blooms and animals emerge from their winter hibernation.” 

This annual renewal is reflected strongly in art, especially in paintings and weavings, which are often characterised by a sense of freshness and brilliant colouration. 

As well as featuring newer works, Susan says the exhibition demonstrates the importance of heritage and family groupings in Aboriginal art with strong links seen between works by some of the more famous established artists, such as the Kimberley’s Patrick Mung Mung, Papunya artist Doris Bush Nungurrayi and Utopia artist Minnie Pwerle, and those of their younger relatives. 

“The exhibition includes works by three generations of artists that show both great continuity of tradition and innovation within that tradition.” 

ReGeneration opens with a curator’s floor talk on Sunday, September 29, at 2pm and runs until November 25. 


A: 1/39 Cook St, Flinders 

Open daily 10.30am-4pm 

T: 5989 0496


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Llewelyn’s art of glass

Llewelyn Ash has always been connected with his surroundings. Growing up in the Adelaide Hills enriched his experience of natural flora and fauna. Art began in the home for him with artists as parents — Glen Ash, known for his oil painting, and Janet Ayliffe, a celebrated watercolour painter and printmaker. 

From a young age, Llewelyn started drawing the animals he was surrounded by — chooks, ducks, dogs and donkeys. Surfing then became a major part of Llewelyn’s journey, moving down the South Australian coastline along every peninsula.  It was only fitting that he filled his drawing books with images of the ocean, its sea life, and the natural beach landscapes.


Llewelyn primarily worked in watercolours, photopolymer etchings and oil paints in his earlier works. Studying at the University of South Australia exposed him to new techniques and provided fresh challenges.  Ultimately this is where he was introduced to his passion — glass. Guided and mentored by Gabriella Bisetto and tutored by Tim Shaw, Llewelyn created his own distinctive style.

Llewelyn’s glass is now being shown in art galleries Australia-wide and he has had exhibitions in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne over the past two years. His distinctive works have brought him numerous accolades, including the Design Institute of Australia Award and the Waterhouse Youth Art Prize; he was also a finalist in the Australian National Glass Museum Student Award, was selected as a Jam Factory Associate, and won the Jam Factory Pilchuck Scholarship in Seattle. 

Now you have the chance to see this celebrated artist’s work for yourself. Llewelyn Ash’s Connected exhibition, which he is holding in conjunction with his mother, Janet Ayliffe, opens on September 28 at Manyung Gallery Flinders, 37 Cook St. Phone 9787 2953 or visit

A Dog’s Journey Showing at HOYTS, Wells St, Frankston

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You’ve got everything in this sequel to A Dog’s Purpose (2017). A Dog’s Journey (2019) delights audiences once again with teary moments, sweet scenes, a little bit of action, adorable puppies, emotional storylines and plenty of feel-good moments — much like its prequel. 

It goes without saying that most sequels are never as good as the first. This one is an exception to that generalisation. It’s great, if not better than the first film. Once again, we follow Bailey the dog, voiced by Josh Gad, as he is reincarnated as different breeds belonging to various owners, all the while focusing on Ethan’s happiness. 

In the sequel, we see Ethan talk to Bailey about making sure his step-granddaughter CJ, played by Kathryn Prescott, is OK. So that becomes Bailey’s new purpose, and in turn helps him unravel the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he meets. He’s there when CJ needs him most, and helps lead CJ’s life in the right direction again and again. Much like Bailey did with Ethan, Bailey tries to show CJ he’s the puppy from her childhood, just in a different reincarnation. 

“I had a lot of lives, all different,” said Bailey. “Sometimes I was big, and sometimes I was small.” 

Bailey is an extremely caring soul who, throughout the course of several lifetimes and owners, always shows gratitude and appreciation to them, yet wonders where Ethan is and if he’s OK. Whether he comes back as a girl dog or a boy dog, a small dog or a big dog, he always remembers his purpose to look after Ethan (and later CJ) who rescued him in 1962. The audience watches as fate intersects during Bailey’s journey to discover his purpose of life. 


Salient message in artist’s exhibition

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Mornington Peninsula artist and science explorer Gee Ryan (Gerald) is holding a major showing of his paintings. Gee’s Love One Another and Care For Our Planet exhibition runs from Saturday, September 14, to Sunday, September 22.

The exhibition includes paintings from Gee’s Love One Another Basin series, one of which has been acquired by the world-renowned Luciano Benetton Collection in Milan, Italy. The Australian contemporary art portion of the collection, including Gee’s painting, is travelling to the world’s major art centres, showcasing the works of 210 established and emerging Australian painters.

“I focus on the use of colour to celebrate the mysteries that surround us,” Gee said. “And my art reflects my view that, in order for humanity to achieve a peaceful and lasting future, each of us needs to live our life in accordance with two principles: love one another, and care for our planet.”


A: 333 Barkers Rd, Main Ridge

Exhibition from Saturday, September 14 (formal opening at noon) to Sunday, September 22. Gallery open daily 10am to 5pm. All welcome

Fundraising concert for dementia 

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The onset of dementia is life-changing not only for the patient but also for family members and friends. The Frankston Ladies Choir is fortunate to be able to sing at many nursing homes and this month it wants to give back to the community with its special dementia concert, You’re the Voice. All proceeds raised will be donated to Dementia Australia.

The choir warmly welcomes and encourages everyone to attend this concert for an afternoon of entertainment with special guests while helping Dementia Australia.

It’s on Sunday, September 22, at 2pm at George Jenkins Theatre in Frankston. Tickets are available now by calling the box office on 9905 1111 or via the website at

I Will Remember

One day I will remember 

Just who on earth I am

And who that man who follows is

And gently takes my hand

He really is so kind to me

But who on earth is he?

I really must ask him and thank him politely.

(for my Mum and Dad)

Kids Fest a fun feast

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Frankston Arts Centre is hosting the first ever Kids Fest in the September school holidays. Featuring live shows and workshops, it promises to be lots of fun.

The little ones can take part in the Grand Pawtrait Competition by entering an artwork of their best pet-friend and have it hung at Cube 37 Gallery. Entries close on Saturday, September 7, so ensure that you collect the entry pack, which includes the frame, before that.

First up is FoRT, a show for cubby creators and den dwellers. If you have ever built a fort, you should see this. The show is full of ridiculous clowning and spectacular acrobatics. The performers will also host a workshop to introduce circus to pre-schoolers and their adults.

Next up is Weaving Workshop with the Slow Art Collective, where you will learn installation craft and co-create an evolving large-scale loom installation in the Glass Cube.

This will be followed by Children are Stinky, an award-winning children’s show that has been garnering rave reviews worldwide. Expect daredevil stunts, incredible acrobatics, lightning-fast hula hoops, and loads of laughs. There is also a Circus All Stars workshop a day before the show where you can learn to razzle dazzle, hula hoop and balance on your friend!

Picasso and his Dog, the inspiration for the Grand Pawtrait Competition, will finish off Kids Fest on a delightful note. Inspired by Picasso’s true story, this beautiful show celebrates the animals with whom we share our lives while exploring what it is to be creative and to create.

For program details, dates and ticket prices, visit or call the box office on 9784 1060.


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Get ready for a palooza

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An inclusive, family-friendly festival celebrating the best independent producers of beer, cider, wine and spirits on the Mornington Peninsula is coming this October. Peninsula Palooza is a celebration of independent music, artisanal food and craft breweries, distilleries and wineries showcasing the best of the bayside coastal bounty. Prepare for a sensational time from noon-8pm on Saturday, October 5, at Mornington Racecourse.

There’ll be food trucks, kids’ entertainment, brewers’ and distillers’ masterclasses and more, including the opportunity to ‘dunk the brewer’. As well as getting up close and personal with the producers of more than 200 craft beers, ciders and spirits, Peninsula Palooza creates an all-inclusive atmosphere with a low and slow barbecue demonstration and a landmark line-up of eclectic artists that is sure to ignite good vibes and good times for young and old on the grassy knoll. Headliners include Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, The Ben Smith Band, Rob Papp & Brothers In Blues, The Distance, Matt Katsis, Alex Hughes and the Shipfaced Pirates. 

Expect live music from 1pm until the close, with roaming entertainers, a live radio broadcast, door prizes, raffles and more. Feast on a grazing platter from an assortment of producers of cheese, cured meats and breads and wash it down with a tasting paddle. 



Sunset sustainability spectacular

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A Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony by a Boon Wurrung Foundation representative will mark the start of next month’s Balnarring Community Sustainability Fair. Held in the leafy grounds of Balnarring Primary School and the surrounding Balbirooroo Wetlands, the fair will run as a twilight event on Saturday, October 12, from 4-7pm. 

This innovative community event will offer entertaining, informative and inspiring experiences to help us move collectively towards a more sustainable future. Workshops and stalls will explore everything from backyard chickens to growing your own mushrooms and keeping bees. Each year level at the school will provide sustainable offerings from their stalls — herb seedlings, bush animal sculptures, reusable Christmas trees and more. 

There’ll also be a repair cafe, a recycled department store, a place to grab locally-saved seeds — you can even make your own pedal-powered smoothie — before kicking back and taking in the sounds of some of the Peninsula’s most talented musicians. 

All proceeds will go towards the school’s literacy program and the care and maintenance of the wetlands. For more information, stall inquiries and sponsorship applications, visit or phone Balnarring Primary School on 5931 4444.

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