Ball, ex­hi­bi­tion for Fin­ley Back To

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - Beth Beres­ford Phone 0401 318 263 or email beth­fromfin­[email protected]

As part of the 125 years Back to Fin­ley cel­e­bra­tions this year, the Fin­ley Cham­ber of Com­merce and the Old Time Dance Group are hold­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion of ball gowns through the ages.

It will be dis­played at the RS Club on Fri­day, July 27 from 2pm to 4pm.

En­try will be gold coin do­na­tion and all pro­ceeds will go to Can As­sist Cancer Sup­port Group’s Fin­ley branch.

Ev­ery­one is wel­come to come along to view the ex­ten­sive dis­play of beau­ti­ful gowns.

Start­ing at 7.30pm that day will be the 125 Years Back to Fin­ley Old Time Dance Group for­mal ball. The cost of the evening is $15, which in­cludes supper.

You are in­vited to don your gowns and tuxe­dos, pol­ish your danc­ing shoes and kick up your heals and join in a barn dance.

Or sim­ply en­joy the dancers from Fin­ley and vis­it­ing towns — who knows you may just be swept away by a Tango.

The Fin­ley Old Time Dance Group meets ev­ery Tues­day evening at the Fin­ley School of Arts. All are very wel­come to come along and join in.

The Fin­ley Li­brary opened its doors on Wed­nes­day to an ‘a-peel­ing’ group of en­ter­tain­ers known as The Veg­etable Plot.

This unique group of three very lively per­form­ers en­ter­tained chil­dren, as well as a group from Bi­ralee Preschool’s Out of School Hours pro­gram.

The kids were brought to their feet danc­ing, clap­ping and singing along with char­ac­ters ‘Ru-Barb’, ‘As­para-Gus’ and ‘Sir Paul McCar­rot­ney’.

The group en­gaged the chil­dren with songs re­lat­ing to veg­eta­bles in­clud­ing span­ish onion, plant­ing seeds, av­o­ca­dos and a grand ren­di­tion of ‘Twist and Sprout’ by Sir Paul McCar­rot­ney.

They sang, joked and danced their way through 45 min­utes of pure en­ter­tain­ment.

Li­brar­i­ans Ros and Anne along with par­ents, car­ers and grand­par­ents were also danc­ing and singing along with the catchy mu­sic.

Seth Mum­ford and Chelsea Kennedy were given a chance to be part of the show, each asked a ques­tion about a veg­etable.

Each child re­ceived a copy of the group’s first self-ti­tled DVD.

The group has been to­gether since 2014 when cre­ator and per­former Luke Es­coombe — who is As­para-Gus — wanted to present some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent for chil­dren.

From a big band they worked down to the three per­form­ers.

They have won six in­ter­na­tional film awards with the most re­cent a short film called ‘ Span­ish Onion’ win­ning awards from Italy and the UK.

The show was fol­lowed by fresh fruit plat­ters served by the li­brary staff.

The Fin­ley Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter Day Saints (LDS) held a street stall last Wed­nes­day to raise funds for their Young Women’s Group.

The group is made up of girls aged be­tween 12 and 17 years.

The funds raised help to cover the cost for the girls to at­tend the yearly ‘For the Strength of Youth’ (FSY) con­fer­ence.

These con­fer­ences are held all over the world and run for three or four days, for like minded youth build­ing life skills and gospel prin­ci­pals.

This year’s con­fer­ence will be held at La Trobe Uni­ver­sity, Melbourne cam­pus and will be at­tended by youth from Melbourne, Tas­ma­nia and the Rive­rina.

FSY is for all youth - male and fe­male - to gather to­gether and ex­pe­ri­ence spir­i­tual and per­sonal growth.

The girls from the lo­cal group were up from 5.30am on Wed­nes­day cre­at­ing some of the goods for sale, and then worked the stall.

They would like to thank oth­ers who pur­chased their de­li­cious cre­ations.

The Fin­ley Driver Re­viver site was in op­er­a­tion again on Fri­day, of­fer­ing free cof­fee or tea, bis­cuits, a friendly chat and a break from the road to weary trav­ellers.

The Driver Re­viver stops are co­or­di­nated by the Roads and Mar­itime Ser­vice, how­ever each of the stops are run by lo­cal ser­vice clubs.

The Fin­ley stop op­er­ates from Fin­ley Fire Sta­tion and is run by the Lions club.

Lo­cal Lion Bill Row­lands has been vol­un­teer­ing, like most mem­bers, for sev­eral years at the site. Other vol­un­teers from the com­mu­nity also lend a hand, like lo­cal ladies Joyce Thomas and Kay­lene Dawe.

Bill said he’s met some very in­ter­est­ing and en­ter­tain­ing trav­ellers dur­ing his time with the ser­vice, and looks for­ward to many more happy meet­ings.

Mike Rezny is a reg­u­lar user of the Driver Re­viver stops.

He said he en­joys the sense of com­mu­nity, the chance for a break, and a cuppa and bis­cuits to re­vi­tal­ize the driver for the next step in your jour­ney.

Fin­ley Li­brary re­mind you to save the date — Fri­day, Au­gust 3 at 1.30pm — for an au­thor talk with Noel Braun.

Noel is the au­thor of two in­spir­ing books — ‘The Day Was Made for Walk­ing’ and ‘I Guess I’ll Just Keep on Walk­ing’ — which each ex­plores his per­sonal jour­neys.

His first book de­scribes his spir­i­tual quest of self-dis­cov­ery af­ter the sui­cide of his wife Maris, by walk­ing two of the more pop­u­lar routes of the Camino de San­ti­ago.

The sec­ond is a se­quel to his ear­lier book where the spir­i­tual and phys­i­cal merge with the an­cient and the modern.

All are wel­come, but book­ings are es­sen­tial. Phone Ros on 5888 5182 or Jenny on 5888 5180.

Thank you to all who contributed to this week’s col­umn.

Please feel free to con­tact me with your news, sto­ries and pho­to­graphs and re­mem­ber I am al­ways will­ing to come to your event.

(From left) Faith, Emma, Rachel and Dav­ina Vi­dler, Nav­ila Pita and So­phie and Sarah How­ell at the Fin­ley Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter Day Saints street stall.

Young­ster Sarah Baffsky with The Veg­etable Plot per­form­ers As­para-Gus, Sir Paul McCar­rot­ney and Ru-Bard fol­low­ing their show at Fin­ley Li­brary.

Trav­eller Mike Rezny (left) and Fin­ley Lion Bill Row­lands at the Fin­ley Driver Re­viver site.

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