Magic, circus play and more


Families from across Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula are invited to join in the magic and fun at the Community Kinders Plus Family Fun Day.

Proudly presented by Telstra Business Centre, Frankston, it will be held on Sunday, October 29, from 11am-2pm at Overport Park in Somerset Rd and promises to be a fun day out for families with young children.

Children will be able to enjoy interactive and educational activities such as magic shows, circus play, a giant bubble workshop, kids’ soccer, giant block building and more. Local heroes from the CFA and SES will also be there, along with an animal farm, live music, singing, dancing and face painting.

Parents will be able to enjoy a cup of coffee as they meander around the event and meet staff from local CKP-managed kindergartens who will be hosting interactive craft and activity stations throughout the day.

“We continue to grow this event every year,” said CKP chief executive Jane Spencer. “It’s all about getting local families together and showcasing our kindergartens and the importance of early childhood education.”


Evocative seashore art

She Shell Art By Miffy is taking the Peninsula by storm.  Four of Miffy’s gallery ready-made decor creations have been taken on consignment and she has entered an exciting new business collaboration with Veraison Restaurant in Tootgarook.

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Miffy is a Mount Martha artist whose uniquely Australian decor creations are encrusted in decades-old shells and tide-line and coastal finds that enhance both seaside and city abodes.

She Shell Art evokes memories and the love of the sea and times spent there.  Miffy’s creations will have you reminiscing on the beauty and power of the ocean and the effect it has on all of us. 

M: 0400 178 635
E: [email protected]
INSTA: sheshellartbymiffy


Set sail for fun and friendship

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Located just a short stroll from the end of Daveys Bay Rd in Mount Eliza is Davey’s Bay Yacht Club. Standing proud for over a century, this iconic venue has hosted many events and entertained many great sailors both on and off the water.

Focusing on sailing, friendship, socialising and fun, the club hosts an active sailing program for juniors, youths and adults every Sunday from October to April, with juniors sailing in the mornings and the senior fleet in the afternoons. The club has a fleet of Pacers and 420s, which are used for training and racing.

Peninsula schools are well represented at training sessions during the week, and each year the club conducts many regattas for various classes. This season its Pacers will be used with Girlsail, school and teams racing as well as learn to sail classes for adults. Youths can enjoy the two-handed 420s, Lasers and Moths.

Davey’s Bay YC has a large International Optimist fleet that will enjoy coaching on the protected waters off the club, and its growing Flying Fifteen fleet, which is the largest on the east coast, will be enhancing its skills with the Ossie McCutcheon Trophy on the weekend of October 21-22 in preparation for the national championships later in the year at Mornington Yacht Club.

Davey’s Bay Yacht Club is a great environment for family and friends and offers BYO catering with the most stunning views over a northerly aspect of the bay. If you are interested in venue hire, learning more about the club or would like to join the club, phone or email the Vice Commodore, Matt Barry, on 0412 136 486 or [email protected] 

A: Daveys Bay Rd, Mount Eliza


Archibald winner showing in Red Hill

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Tim Storrier’s powerful lithographs have literally set the art world on fire, depicting the unyielding vastness and limitless horizons of the Australian landscape with stars, burning logs, ropes, and other three-dimensional constructions.

At 19, Storrier became the youngest artist to win the Sulman Prize, and in 2012 he won the seminal Archibald Prize for his faceless self-portrait “The histrionic wayfarer (after Bosch)”.  Storrier’s work hangs in the Louvre Museum in Paris, the National and Tate galleries in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York, and in Australian state and regional galleries. Now Storrier is showing at the Peninsula’s exciting new art gallery, Jon Cecil Fine Art.

Jon Cecil’s gallery recently moved from Melbourne and Sydney to the former Poffs Restaurant site in Red Hill. Alongside Storrier you can also see works by Brett Whiteley, Charles Blackman, John Olsen, Lloyd Rees, Bruno Leti, Max Miller, Alexander Stitt, John Firth-Smith (Australia) as well as such legendary international artists as David Hockney, Joe Tilson, Richard Hamilton and Allen Jones (UK), Jasper Johns, Jim Dine, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist (US), and Joichi Hoshi, Toko Shinoda, Mitsuhiro Unno, Clifton Karhu and Yoshitoshi Mori (Japan).

The Storrier exhibition runs from October 8-November 5 and can also be viewed online at



A: 164 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill

M: 0419 966 333



Stunning setting for mixed ambrose

Safety Beach Country Club/Golf Club is nestled in a valley surrounded by Arthurs Seat and Mount Martha on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula.  



This flat 18-hole golf course meanders past lakes that are dotted around the course. The clubhouse, which overlooks the course, is a great place to relax and have a drink after a game, and dining is available at the Atrium restaurant. 

The club’s resident golf professional, Shane Johnson, is on hand to give individual lessons. Ladies’ clinics commence in October for women wanting to play golf but who need guidance. 

The Safety Beach Golf Club is holding a gala day on Sunday, November 19, with a Four-Person Mixed Ambrose.  The entry fee is $100 per team, which includes a barbecue after the completion of the round. Entries close on November 10 or when field is full.

For further inquiries, phone or email Shane Johnson (0409 509 315; [email protected]) or Linda Fredricson (0408 212 638; [email protected]).



A: 10 Country Club Drive, Safety Beach 

T: 5981 0100 (Pro Shop, Shane Johnson); 5981 0120 (Office, Debbie Hedges)



Texture and colour take flight By Liz Rogers

Painter Paul McIntyre has fallen in love with painting and gets a kick out of watching how the acrylic paint and multi-media falls on to the canvas. Takes its form. Moves with the eye.

  Paul McIntyre by Katherine Jamison

Paul McIntyre by Katherine Jamison

Texture is a big part of this Rosebud painter’s process. So too is colour, form and light. He’s right in the heart of it and this passion for creation glows from his finished pieces, which grow from a real-time sense of place and the space where the imagination lies.

“I’ve been drawing since I could pick up a pencil. I did design and advertising at RMIT, but went on to do sculpture using wire and steel for 10 years after mucking around with a coat hanger one day at Mum’s. She’s an artist too. I only picked up the brush around five years ago and just got hooked,” explains this laid-back father of three. 

“I guess it’s the process of understanding colour that thrills me. My next exhibition is a bit different in that it’s based on real places instead of a dreamed landscape inspired by nature and my kids.” 

You can see a lot of Paul McIntyre’s design and advertising roots in his paintings. But there’s also a fluid free-fall into a warm sensory world filled with story and unmistakable ties to family and location. 

Fall into Paul’s multi-layered visual vistas from September 8 at Manyung Gallery Mount Eliza – the perfect place to view art for art’s sake.

A:  60 Mount Eliza Way, Mount Eliza
A: Unit 7, 35 Progress St, Mornington (warehouse)
A: 6-10 Claremont Ave, Malvern
A: 113A Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento
T: 9787 2953 all sites


Double digits for Somers market By Liz Rogers

Mark this down, people – the Somers Winter Market is celebrating its 10th anniversary on August 26 and you’re invited.

This great little market began as a fundraiser for the Somers Pre-School and has come a long way from a mum’s night out while enjoying a glass of vino. In the magnificent grounds of the Coolart Wetlands and Homestead Reserve, the pre-school will be running craft activities all day and there’ll be a jumping castle too. The Stardust Fairies will be painting faces, while Dutch poffertjes, Pizza Wagon wood-fire pizza, and Babaj’s Kitchen’s Indian street food will be available. Paella from Spanish Caravan Catering and Eat the Chicken’s Bangkok food is on-site, while gourmet mac ‘n’ cheese from Twisted Mac and Cambodian street grill Flami Skewers will be set up too. 

Hand-made offerings, live entertainment and wonderful wines and beer (think Pier 10 and Red Hill Brewery) will be on hand, and shuttle buses have been organised for the day. Park at Lord Somers Camp, Somers Yacht Club, RW Stone Pavillion and Somers Primary School.

Check out the Facebook page @somerswintermarket to find out more.  All proceeds go to Somers Pre-School. 

The Somers Winter Market - come for the beautiful scenery and stay for the fabulous food and fun! 

Market has Sorrento humming

Sorrento Makers Markets are the latest markets organised by Craft Markets Australia, which are widely known on the Mornington Peninsula and beyond for high-quality makers’ markets, bringing together a community of small businesses that are directly involved in the making and production of their products. 

Teaming up with Sorrento Chamber of Commerce to increase visitation to Sorrento in the traditionally quieter months, the first market held back in May was a great success.  It was a real delight to see Ocean Beach Rd humming with visitors enjoying the market as well as shopping and eating at local businesses.

Join in on this winter boutique market experience next on Sunday, August 20, from 10am-3pm. Meander the street while stopping to taste test, chat and learn about the lifecycle of the products on display at the market. Pop into the local shops along the way and stay for a delicious meal.

A: 10a Satu Way, Mornington
T: 5976 3266

All aglow for Winter Solstice 
by Catherine Godony

The spotlight was on tenor Andrew Goodwin, with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, at an evening recital directed by Rebecca Chan on Saturday, June 24.  Part of the Winter Solstice Festival, the recital was hosted by the Peninsula Music Society at the Peninsula Community Theatre.

On the following afternoon, the audience was treated at the same venue to the zealous and meticulous perfection of remarkable virtuoso violinist Zoe Black, with Joe Chindamo on piano -chamber music touched by classical cadences and jazz energies, feeding Mornington even as it had, of yore, Carnegie Hall. 

Saturday evening, however, began the feast with Songs of the Night and compositions ranging from Wagner to the contemporary Skipworth. Its wide tastes in music thus so well catered for, a vibrant audience also enjoyed the customary complimentary supper at interval, and the Bittern Estate-sponsored wine-tasting that launched the evening.

Andrew Goodwin excelled, the resonance of his vocal renditions majestically echoed in accompaniment by the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, which also treated the full house to some of its best solo pieces.

An event to be remembered! Be sure to come along to the next recital in the series, the Bursary Winners Concert, on Saturday, August 19, at 7.30pm, again hosted by the Peninsula Music Society at the same venue.  Bookings:

Riding on a song By Liz Rogers

 Balnarring Muso Night founders Paul Dillon and Marty Williams with their UK boogie piano friend Ben Waters. PICTURE: Jai Seales

Balnarring Muso Night founders Paul Dillon and Marty Williams with their UK boogie piano friend Ben Waters. PICTURE: Jai Seales

They’re back – with original stories and songs, lyrics, harmonies and magical musical musings at the Westernport Yacht Club in Balnarring where it all originally kicked off. 

The Balnarring Muso Nights, that is. Now called Peninsula SongRiders, these ripper monthly Sunday showcase sessions organised and promoted by MP Music Network president and singer/songwriter Marty Nelson-Williams will have you cruising to the sound of outstanding local and not-so-local talent. And there’s lots of it. 

Just imagine - all against the backdrop of the beautiful Balnarring Beach coastline too.
Marty talks. “There’s going to be two acts per session to really showcase each artist. Sets are 40 to 50 minutes long. July 16 saw a near sellout crowd launch proceedings with Luck Louise and Mijo Biscan performing. It’s great to be back at the Westernport Yacht Club. Lots of great memories. Now to make some more!”

Marty is keen to mix more experienced singer-songwriters with those who don’t have such high profiles. Community comes first as far as he’s concerned. “These sessions are about bringing everyone together – audience, artists - all at an affordable price (under-16s are free). They are completely family-friendly events. It’s all about developing a community spirit, and barbecue food’s on from 1pm.”

So lock it in, folks. Cousin Leonard are playing a Farewell to Europe gig with Ben Cornell (Slow Motion Pictures) on August 13. September 3 sees Tommy Spender and an exciting yet-to-be-confirmed act, and October 1 sees “The Wiz” Andrew Farrell, Thomas Hugh and Shannon Bourne. 

“This is just the beginning. Stay tuned for the summer program which is in development. Once we (Cousin Leonard) finish our oversees tour, I’ll be on to it.” 

Tickets can be purchased at Just type in “pensongriders” to catch a ride. 

The tide of local music talent is rising high.

No clouds on Grey’s horizon

The forecast is very fine indeed for Peninsula four-piece Grey Horizon.  A year on from their Main Street Mornington Festival award and with their debut EP imminent, it’s looking like all sun and blue skies ahead.

Grey Horizon formed in mid-2014, and their bluesy grooves, melodic vocals and energetic live shows quickly attracted an enthusiastic following.  At last year’s festival they received the Haydon Godney Award as one of the best up-and-coming bands on the Peninsula, and that gave them time at Singing Bird Studios in Frankston.

Singer Keirra Ashleigh says she found her voice through school musicals and VCE music subjects under the “incredible teachings” of Ben Pisani at Sandringham College, and she cites Eva Cassidy, Sia, Katie Noonan and Matt Corby as her major influences.  Keirra adds:  “It was through divorce and the soul-searching that goes with it that I validated music as my strength. I credit my precious daughter for all I am.”

Alex Franes began his musical journey on six strings, influenced by rock and metal, before progressing to instrumental guitar and finally to bass.  Guitarist Mars Pipicelli played in many cover bands around Melbourne and has always enjoyed writing music, but has “really found the passion” for the acoustic guitar in Grey Horizon. Drummer Tim Le Souef played and toured with mainly metal, punk and rock bands around Victoria and the east coast of Australia “until Grey Horizon made me step outside the square, and now I really enjoy the music we make and play together”. 

Grey Horizon play Belgrave’s Sooki Lounge, 1648 Burwood Highway, on Sunday, August 27. Their song Change, recorded live at Frankston’s Waterfront Festival in January, is available on Bandcamp ( for just $1.  Check it out – it’s way hot and super cool!

Music Victoria crawls south

 Photo: Jai Seales

Photo: Jai Seales

Music Victoria is bringing a bus full of music industry managers, bookers, artists and media on a jam-packed tour to explore the live music landscape of the Mornington Peninsula.  The Victorian Music Crawl will explore opportunities for partnerships as well as showcasing local talent and emulating potential touring circuits across the region.  

Starting at the newly revitalised band room at Frankston’s Pier Hotel, the bus will work its way through Mornington, Dromana, Rye and Balnarring.   The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery will host a lunch for VMC visitors and local music networks with performances from Nola Lauch and Maxon. Then the bus heads to community radio RPP FM, live music venues in Mornington, and on to Dromana and Rye for some standout local gigs where the doors are open for all to join in.

On Thursday, August 24, Music on the Hill (MOTH) will present a free showcase of Peninsula music at Hickinbotham of Dromana, featuring The Weeping Willows (pictured) from Mount Eliza plus local acts Young Vincent, Sam O’Connell and Mia Grunden.  Doors open from 5.30pm.   For the late-nighters, Baha in Rye is putting on an awesome line-up of local bands in partnership with Ninch Fest from 9pm.

On Friday, August 25, you can enjoy some jazz with your brekky when the bus pulls up at the Red Hill Bakery in Balnarring from 9am to hear Joel Plymin and fuel up before departing for Gippsland.

The Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Arts and Culture Unit, along with the MP Music Network, has facilitated and supported the local leg of the Crawl. For more details email arts&[email protected] or see, or

Leading ladies of yesterday, today and tomorrow

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is featuring the work of four very diverse artists from different eras and across a range of media.

Constance Stokes (1906-1991) is one of the leading artists of her generation, and MPRG’s current exhibition (until September 17) is the most expansive survey undertaken of this important artist.  It features over 35 key paintings and drawings covering the breadth of her 60-year artistic practice, with never before seen archival material from the artist’s estate, including journals, sketchbooks, letters, photographs and drawings that provide a fascinating insight into her little-known life and exceptional artistic practice.

In 1929 Constance won the Travelling Scholarship at the National Gallery School, Melbourne, to study for two years at the Royal Academy in London. During her time abroad she spent time studying under the French Cubist artist André Lhote in Paris and visited the major galleries in Europe. Her early career is shaped through her struggle to be an artist alongside expectations of marriage and family life.

Further opportunities abroad and the consolidation of her classical painting style were features of her mid-career. In 1953 she was one of 12 Australian artists - and one of only two women artists - included in an exhibition at Burlington Galleries, London, alongside Arthur Boyd, William Dobell, Russell Drysdale, Lloyd Rees, Donald Friend, and Sidney Nolan. 

Constance had a late career flourish in her 70s, embedding a Matisse-inspired vibrancy and freedom of form and colour in some of the strongest work she produced.

Also on display at MPRG is Archibald Prize-winning artist Wendy Sharpe’s WANDERLUST, featuring work from her recent travels and residencies over the past 10 years in France, Egypt, Morocco and Antarctica. Instagram sensation Minna Gilligan’s Mystery to Me presents large-scale digital prints on fabric alongside small-scale collage works and tackles notions of the female protagonist. And Gosia Wlodarczak’s ephemeral drawing project has transformed the gallery café space, activating the surfaces with handmade marks as Gosia responded to the forms she encountered while drawing.

The gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm. Exhibition admission fees: $4 adults / $2 concession.


A: Civic Reserve, Dunns Rd, Mornington

T: 5950 1580

A life in abstract at Manyung Gallery By Liz Rogersa

Conchita Carambano will do anything to keep herself in paper, paint, pastel and canvas. She has been producing abstract art for 38 years and is still as enamoured of the process as she was as a young creator. “I was prepared to do as many jobs as I had to, to keep painting. It is something I’ve always done. Watercolour, oils, pastels … anything I can get my hands on to keep working.

“I never stop,” this European-born, Fine Arts - School of Arts (Sydney) graduate continues. “At the end of the day I still unwind with my watercolours and paper on my knee while watching a movie. At first I fought the medium. Now I work with it and am much more controlled. We are now in absolute harmony!”  

And harmony is the picture-perfect description of Carambano’s multi-layered and textured mixed media, oil, acrylic and wax works. Delicate organic forms dance with nature and environment to move in unison around the canvas.  These are artworks for the lover of colour, magic, emotion and motion. 

“People say I am prolific, but I am lucky - I don’t need much sleep,” laughs Carambano. “I love the idea that each viewer interprets my work differently. My ideas escape and then it’s up to the viewer to see what they can see.” 

Carambano’s award-winning work is held in various private collections throughout Australia and internationally, and has been exhibited extensively in numerous solo and group shows.

View her breathtaking abstract expressions from August 4-17 at Manyung Gallery Mount Eliza (in the Village). This one is not to be missed!
And if you’re looking for large artworks with lots of choice, visit Manyung Gallery’s showroom at 7/35 Progress St, Mornington.  The showroom is open Tuesday-Thursday from 10am-3pm.


A:  60 Mount Eliza Way, Mount Eliza

T: 9787 2953 

Stunning exhibition of Self expression

  Photo: Chris Herzfeld, Camlight Productions  

Photo: Chris Herzfeld, Camlight Productions 

Australian Dance Theatre has thrilled sell-out audiences around the world with performances of cutting-edge dance. Now the internationally acclaimed company brings Be Your Self Redux to Frankston Arts Centre on Friday, September 8, at 8pm.

In Garry Stewart’s Be Your Self Redux, audiences are engaged in a complex dialogue in which they are compelled to explore what makes you ‘you’. The athletic dancers of ADT are transformed into erupting, powerful, and emotional entities, projecting startling physical images.

Arising from conversations with a Buddhist monk, neurologist, physiologist and literary academic, Stewart situates the body at the centre of his inquiry and reveals that despite our civilising cultural influences, the body is still a force to be reckoned with.

A distilled version of the original Be Your Self, Be Your Self Redux fuses Stewart’s audacious choreography with spoken word to create an exciting dance work that leaves audiences questioning the underpinnings of who they are.

Tickets can be booked on, in person at FAC or by calling 9784 1060.


A: 27-37 Davey St, Frankston
T: 9784 1060

Unique / Exclusive / Creative

The Melbourne Collective believes it's time for a new and exclusive Design Market.  A more creative and enjoyable way to bring together unique brands and independent designers, to showcase their wares to the community and showcase in style.
A lifestyle event that provides a feast for the eyes and imaginations of their event visitors, who will be spoilt with high end quality design, homewares, fashion and art.

The Melbourne Collective prides itself on offering the highest level of customer service for exhibitors and visitors.  With qualifications and years of experience in the interior design industry, they aim to select a diverse array of high quality handcrafted and designer brands, all available under the one roof.  

Visitors to The Melbourne Collective Design Market can also enjoy creative workshops, high quality food options, cool tunes and fun for the kids.  Their lifestyle events are not to be missed.

*The next market is at the Peninsula Community Theatre on Sunday, July 23, 10am – 3pm.


Are you the Voice of Frankston 2017?

Are you a budding young singer, an aspiring adult performer or a senior with a passion for entertaining?

If so, then you need to enter the Voice of Frankston 2017. This is your chance to be the voice of Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula. The Voice of Frankston is a solo artist singing competition with three age group categories: Junior (up to age 12), Teen (13 to 20) and Adult (21 plus).

Join all the action at the official Voice of Frankston 2017 Launch at Bayside Shopping Centre (opposite Target) on Saturday, July 15, at 1pm. Hear about the competition, meet the judges and witness the amazing talent of past applicants.

Category winners will receive a cash prize and a sensational marketing package including: a song personally written for the winner; a single CD recording and video performance; an interview with RPPFM; opportunities to perform at local community venues and events; and more.

To enter, register at and upload your audition video. Applications open July 15 and close September 29. The Semi Final is on Sunday, October 15, at the Frankston Arts Centre and the Grand Final is on Sunday, October 22, also at the Frankston Arts Centre.

The Music Industry is a music school, the first of its kind on the Mornington Peninsula. The philosophy is to offer students music tuition with a difference. More at

NEWS FLASH: The Voice star and local performer Adam Ladell (pictured) will be a special guest Grand Final judge for The Voice of Frankston 2016! Adam will also perform live at the launch.

Live music with heart

Tom Millington is a bare footed, troubadour songsmith jamming a foot-stomping blend of Soul Roots Smokey Folk Pop. His music is driven by a stomp box whilst his unique finger picking and strumming styles soulfully tame the ear as his resonating voice hits you right in the heart. 


Each song is broken up by spoken scatterings of life, of love, of slam street poetry musings.

His debut single Being, released towards the end of 2016, has received wide praise within the industry as did his debut EP, also called Being. The Being music video recently won Best Editing and People’s Choice at the St Kilda Film Festival and very recently won Best Music Video at CLIPPED in Sydney – Australia’s premiere music video festival.

When listening to Millington you can't help but get caught up in his energy, his songs and lyrics. He and the music have presence. His music stems from a connection to his inner self, his love of life and the twists and turns of the reality we are all caught up in.

Millington gigs regularly at local venues, such as Gods Kitchen, The Brewery and 3 Palms and has also played at festivals such as the Mornington Main Street Festival. You can catch him at any of these shows over winter around Victoria: Friday, July 21 - The Cally, Wonthaggi;

Sunday, August 6 - Mornington Brewery, Mornington; and Sunday, August 13 – Gods Kitchen, Mornington.