Spring is in the air in Mansfield
Shire to host a plethora of events for the new spring season ■
MANSFIELD comes out of its wintry blues when spring arrives and this month sees the township and surrounding areas come alive with action aplenty.
‘Spring in’, the booklet outlining all activities happening during spring (right up to November 28), is now available at various outlets.
To say there is something for everyone is an under-statement.
From art exhibitions to car racing, tile painting and even macramé wall hanging construction – the list is enormous.
Coming up this next weekend you can still go skiing on Buller – but dress up in your brightest ski gear as it is 80s day on the hill.
Also on Saturday will be the ‘Wheel in a Day’ – no not cycling – but the pottery wheel in action with Wendy Jagger.
Escape to the High Country and immerse yourself in clay and creativity for a one day hands on workshop creating beakers, cylinders and bowls.
Or perhaps getting dressed to the 9s might be your thing and get along to the Jamieson Annual Spring Ball.
Always popular in Mansfield and appealing to the builders – or those planning to build – is the Sustainable House Day which includes a short tour of sustainable homes and retrofit options within Mansfield township followed by a seminar on how to make your new or existing home more energy efficient.
A trip back down to Jamieson will give you a close up look at the High Country Rod Muster from Friday, September 20 to Sunday, September 22.
The weekend includes entertainment, charity auction and ‘Show ‘n Shine’.
Delatite Winery will host its popular Sculpture in the Vines – an open competition for sculptors from across the state creating a masterpiece using vine canes around a wire frame.
Mansfield Library will host four new and exciting workshops this spring with professional illustrator-cartoonist-animator and author – Mark Guthrie.
Mr Guthrie has worked for Walt Disney Animation and has extensive film credits.
October sees a whole new list of events starting off with the Wild Dog Rise Artist Retreat over four weekends.
Enjoy an arts weekend away with renowned local artists in a relaxing, beautiful and creative environment.
Spring is the time for wildflowers and Delatite Landcare Group will lead a morning walk helping you to understand the flora of our region.
Local renowned writer Gabe Bergmoser will bring his play ‘The Critic’ to Mansfield on October 4 to be performed at the Delatite Hotel which you can go to after visiting the Mansfield Producers’ Spring Twilight Market at the Botanic Park starting at 4pm.
Fishing for prizes will take place from Friday, October 11 to Sunday, October 13 at the annual Mountain Bay Classic while on the same weekend will be a ‘Weekend of Woof’, a new and refreshing event where you spend time out with your favourite pooch.
Explore a ‘Mutt’s Market’, have a portrait drawn of your best friend or even take in a pooch fashion parade.
Art returns to Wild Dog Rise with ‘The Power of Line’ on Saturday, October 12 or take in a Night on the Green at an outdoor cinema hosted by Mansfield Primary School to be held at the Mansfield Showgrounds from 4pm.
Also on October 12 the Flinders Quartet will perform at the Delatite Winery while Wheel in a Day returns with Wendy Jagger.
Midway through October and the arts continue to thrive with Postcards opening night at the Delatite Hotel (October 18 – November 10), the Vintage Emporium’s night market (October 17), St John’s Spring Fete (Saturday, October 19), Escarpment Exhibition (October 25 – November 24) at the Mansfield Regional Produce Store, Mansfield Farmers’ Market and Art at the Market (October 26) and Eco Dye Workshop with Jan Barker (October 26).
Mansfield’s Community Bank will celebrate with community at the Botanic Park on October 26 with music, food, entertainment and more – from 2pm to 5pm and on October 27 learn to use gouache, composition and colour mixing then enjoy lunch and a glass of wine among the vines at Delatite Winery.
The Delatite Hotel is the venue for the Shaye Hughes Photographic Exhibition showing everyone the hidden beauty in Australia’s agriculture industry.
Into November we have the High Country Festival kicking off with the Breakfast on the Lawn, a sideshow carnival, opening night of the Mansfield District Hospital Auxiliary Art Exhibition and Sale, Rock Out Youth event in High Street, Emergency Services Torchlight Procession - all culminating with a splendid fireworks show and official festival opening on Friday, November 1.
The festivals continue through November with bush markets, art exhibition, Mansfield Open Studios Trail (MOST), a grand parade through High Street, stargazing in the High Country, Seussical the Musical presented by MMuDS, the Mansfield Half Marathon and Fun Run, Joma Alpacas open farm day, Barwite and Ros Ritchie Wines’ annual Bush Picnic and concluding the festival with the Marks IGA Melbourne Cup Picnic Races on Tuesday, November 5.
Still to come through November is the Targa High Country car racing, progressive opening of Mt Buller’s MTB trails, the Bushy Tales Awards Night, workshops on macrame wall hangings, the 130th Mansfield Agricultural Show (November 16), Dirty Dicks Theatre Restaurant at the Delatite Hotel, The Vintage Emporium night market, the Farmers Market and Art at the Market (November 23), and renowned natural history artist Tony Pridham will open his studio on Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24.
The last on the list, but not to be forgotten, is the Tile Painting workshop to be held at the Mansfield Regional Produce Store on Thursday, November 28 commencing at 6pm – come along and create three tiles to your own design.
Details of all these events can be found in the ‘Spring in’ booklet.
FINE FARE: Picnics with fine food and wines are a part of this year’s ‘Spring in’ festivals.