Ball, exhibition for Finley Back To
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.