Highfields' Own - - Pioneer Village -

This Christ­mas why not prac­tice an age-old Christ­mas tra­di­tion? Early High­fields set­tlers from Ger­many would hide a glass pickle in the Christ­mas tree the night in Christ­mas Eve, and the next morn­ing the lucky per­son to find the pickle was the first to open their present.

Leg­end has it that the story orig­i­nated from me­dieval times, when St Ni­cholas res­cued two small chil­dren who were trapped in a pickle bar­rel as pun­ish­ment.

St Ni­cholas or Santa as he is now known, freed the trapped chil­dren and they ran home just in time for Christ­mas din­ner.

The Vil­lage is open ev­ery day ex­cept Christ­mas Day, so if you are look­ing for a great place to take your vis­i­tors pop into the Vil­lage for some billy tea and damper and en­joy the at­mos­phere of yes­ter­year.

In Jan­uary there is plenty to keep you en­ter­tained at the Pioneer Vil­lage on Aus­tralia Day.

The day’s pro­gram is jam-packed full of fun start­ing with the Abo­rig­i­nal art talks at 9am, then milk­ing of the cow at 9.30am.

There are over 60 build­ings of his­toric in­ter­est to wan­der through filled with col­lectibles and mem­o­ra­bilia of a time when life was much sim­pler in Aus­tralia.

Young­sters will love the baby an­i­mal nurs­ery, whip crack­ing school, sheep shear­ing de­mon­stra­tions and fam­ily games.

Don’t miss a special visit by Piggy the Bendigo Bank mas­cot, and ru­mour has it that the in­fa­mous Ned Kelly will make an ap­pear­ance at lunch time!

There will be an in­dige­nous art show and an Abo­rig­i­nal dance work­shop by Don Nikkel­son and coun­cil­lor Bill Cahill will present the Aus­tralia Day awards for the High­fields Ser­vice Cen­tre re­gion at 2pm.

Lo­cal ven­dors will sell their goods and chat­tels at the Vil­lage mar­kets and Trevor Dodds and Cac­to­blastis will en­ter­tain the crowds.

There will also be plenty of tucker in­clud­ing veg­emite sand­wiches, meat pies and steak sand­wiches on-site as well. For more in­for­ma­tion please con­tact the Vil­lage of­fice on (07) 4696 6309.

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