Spring is in the air in Mans­field

Shire to host a plethora of events for the new spring season ■

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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.

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