• Committee members Irene Gale and Claire Buckland read some of the
messages of hope left at last year’s Relay.
THE stage is set for another successful Relay For Life event to be held next
weekend at Terrill Park in Fish Creek.
Online registrations have now closed but participants can still register at
the event next Saturday. Over 300 people have already signed up to walk so
far and more than $30,000 has been raised for the Cancer Council.
Teams will be setting up their camps from 12pm with a market taking place
between 2pm and 6pm. In addition to an array of food stalls, activities for
kids and adults will include mini golf, a mechanical surfboard, giant slide,
giant jenga as well as the standard face painting and balloon art.
The official opening of the Relay will be at 3pm as the Carers and Survivors
of cancer walk the first lap before relayers take to the track for 18 hours
of non-stop walking.
Entertainment will be provided until 11pm by local artists Janie Gordon,
Amanda Bier, Geoff Sparkes, The McCrackens, Fabulous Goody Two Shoes, Millee
McPhee and the Foster High School Band.
The Candlelight ceremony will start at 8pm as we pay tribute to those who
have fought or are still fighting their battle with cancer. The placement of
candle-bags around the walking track in honour of past and present sufferers
is an inspiring tribute as the candles continue to burn throughout the night
and light the way for those walkers doing the nightshift.
Walkers will be treated to a free breakfast before the Relay winds up at
This will be Fish Creek’s last Relay as it moves on to another town in South
GIppsland for the next three years. Last year the local group raised more
than $78,000 and received an award from the Cancer Council for its
outstanding effort for a small country town.
In the South Gippsland Shire, nearly two hundred people are diagnosed with
some form of cancer every year; the Relay is undertaken to provide funds for
valuable research to lessen the incidence of this life-shortening disease.
• Megan Bassed and David Iser from
The Sandy Point Music Club proudly presenting a cheque for $2,500 to the
Doran Family members of the the Murray to Moyne Cycling team raising money
for South Gippsland Hospital, represented by CEO, Chris Trotman.
THE newly formed music club has now held two events at the Sandy Point
Community Hall . These have both been a huge success with sell out crowds .
“The aim to provide live music to the people of Sandy Point and surrounds
has certainly been embraced by the community” said David Iser.
As well as enhancing the local good will and spirit of Sandy Point the
events are aimed at fund raising for groups with a local connection.
The next event on Saturday, March18 will feature Leslie Avril .
Leslie is a natural performer, whether she’s belting out raunchy rockabilly
in a crowded honky-tonk or distilling her magic in intimate cabaret.
She’s sexy, bluesy & her stunning vocals electrify an audience with power,
depth & aching honesty.
Over the years she has been invited to perform at all the major festivals
throughout Australia .
A vivacious singer, she moves effortlessly from original compositions to
French, Cajun, Country, Blues, Jazz, 50s Classics & Rockabilly, which all
feature on her 5 CDs.
There are still tickets available for this show and can be purchased via
email@example.com or contacting David Iser.
THE Prom Coast is brimming with artistic talent and is serviced by an
eclectic mix of local galleries, studios and workshops that are a drawcard
for both locals and tourists alike.
This year’s Sea Change Festival brings with it the opportunity for you to
become the artist and have your work exhibited in an exciting pop-up outdoor
gallery. Innovative artist Mandy Gunn will teach you how to create ephemeral
sculptures from naturally occurring materials such as stones and vegetation
that blend into the environment.
Starting off with the Ephemeral Sculpture Workshop on Sunday 19 March,
participants will be inspired to be creative, resourceful and inventive
about using a range of materials to create beautiful art works. The Rail
Trail Reserve in Foster will become the scene for an outdoor exhibition
where participants will gather together to create their magnificent pieces
of art for all to enjoy. Beginners through to experienced are welcome,
contact Mandy Gunn 0411 257 045 to book a place at the workshop.
With just under ten days until the official opening of the 2017 Prom Coast
Seachange Festival, many exhibitions listed on the program have already
“Even though the festival runs across the last week of March and the first
weekend in April there is an array of exhibitions on the festival program
that are already underway,” explained festival chairperson Deb Bray. “There
are many quality exhibitions that will run throughout the festival and a
number that extend into May.”
Currently exhibiting at the Fish Creek Hotel Artspaces is highly esteemed
Mardan painter Julie Lundgren Coulter. Julie leaves aside the oils that have
earned her many awards and prizes to continue her exploration of local earth
pigments and charcoal in a series of stunning large-scale landscapes. Her
New Directions: Irregularities and Abstractions exhibition will be on show
until 30 May. For further information contact the curator 0408 871 379.
Mary Shaw will have Seascapes and More… on display at her Sandy Point Art
Gallery until 17 April. Her exhibition features watercolour paintings of
seascapes and landscapes of local and overseas scenes. The gallery is open
daily and for further information contact (03) 5684 1094.
Recently, Kerry Spokes and Michael Lester celebrated the Gecko Studio
Gallery’s 10th anniversary and their reputation for quality exhibitions
continues throughout the festival. Collision, an exhibition of sculpture and
drawings by Mark Reyment of Tarwin Lower, opens at the gallery in Fish Creek
on Sunday 19 March. For further information contact Michael Lester on (03)
An important exhibition during the festival, South Gippsland Sport through
the Century, will be on show at the Foster Museum in Main Street. Presented
by The Foster and District Historical Society Inc., large-scale prints of
local sporting groups from days gone by have already generated a great deal
of interest when they were displayed in shop windows recently.
Each year, the Great Southern Portrait Prize presents an intriguing
collection of artwork portraying members of the South Gippsland community.
The exhibition will be on display at the Stockyard Gallery from 30 March to
1 May with the presentation of awards at 11.00am on Saturday 1 April. Come
along a see who it is you recognise up on the wall.
Back by popular demand, the Double-Take Shop Window Installation was hugely
popular in 2015. Prom Coast Arts Council artists have been paired up with
businesses in Foster to create fantastically decorated windows based on the
type of business and the style of the artist. Exciting works of art will be
created that utilise or depict elements particular to the hosting trade.
Printed guides will be available during the festival to make your stroll
around town even more insightful.
Other galleries of note to visit during the festival are the Toora Village
Studio Gallery and, in Fish Creek, the Ceila Rosser Gallery,
PeoplePlacesThings, Ride the Wild Goat Gallery, and Stefani Hilltop Gallery.
“With so many great events being on the program it’s impossible to list them
all,” Deb Bray explained. “Keep checking the festival website
www.promcoastseachangefestival.org and Facebook page for event updates and
It really is grouse being a woman, at
least for most of the time.
And those readers who are not women already certainly do have something
worthwhile to aspire towards in their next life.
This quintessential truth could not have been more apparent than in the
Foster War Memorial Arts Centre on Thursday evening March 9 2017 at the
opening performance of The Vagina Monologues by the American playwright and
activist Eve Ensler, first staged to high acclaim in 1996.
Presented by the Foster Arts Music and Drama Association, The Vagina
Monologues consists of a series of vignettes, situations and characters that
describe, explain, define and exalt what being a female human is, can and
should be like, as well as some moments when it’s not quite so marvellous.
Six women take turns to talk openly about matters that perhaps some women of
a certain era may find a little confronting, which are not usually addressed
in such a manner in public.
They use refreshingly deliberate, direct and colloquial language to cover
the diversity of female anatomy, physiology, psychology and women’s life
experiences, from childhood to old age and all points in between in a
profoundly moving and often screamingly funny way.
These include, adolescence, self-examination, pubic hair, the menarche and
menstruation, virginity and the loss thereof, seduction, sexual response,
relationships, marriage, betrayal, pregnancy and childbirth, gynaecological
procedures, clothing choices, and the scale and extent of violence directed
at women and girls worldwide.
Throughout, too, is the full wonder and indeed the joy of being XX.
The piece opens with a comfortable lounge setting backed with voluptuous
drapes and champagne and flutes standing ready.
The cast assembles one by one on the stage, from the wings and from the
auditorium itself, a powerful way of illustrating that the players are
seeking to represent and are representative of women everywhere.
Ensler originally spoke to hundreds of women about they thought and felt
about their own bodies and her first one-woman productions of The Vagina
Monologues were the result.
The Monologues have since been added to during the subsequent two decades as
society and attitudes alter and evolve in order to accurately reflect what
it is to be a woman now as well as how it has been in the past.
The title itself is explained; “let’s start with ‘vagina’”, the absolutely
correct name for that uniquely female part of a woman, which seems to make
some squirm for some reason.
It brings to mind that line from a song in Hair, another earlier
in-your-face show; “why do these words sound so nasty?” when they are merely
Then comes a hilarious flurry of euphemisms and questioning what vaginas
might choose to wear and to say if they could.
Without being pornographic in the slightest way but also without holding
back the performers tell stories of making love for the first time, of being
raped as a child by a parent’s friend, of first periods, of domination, of
lesbianism, of male brutality, of sexual pleasure, of celebration, of
suffering, of affection, of hope, and of self-worth and –awareness.
From time to time certain words that are considered to be rude, in fact
swear words, are uttered, including that one thought to have been derived
from the German word ficken, together with that horrid little one that
refers to faeces
In fact there is a whole highly-amusing section devoted to what could be
considered the repossession of the word deemed to be the most offensive in
the English language, the crudest version of the central word in the
production’s three-word title, the word that The Macquarie Dictionary
defines as, “n. Colloq 1. the female pudendum” and also “3. (derog.) any
The grand finale is a veritable chorus of femaleness and fun.
The audience laughed, gasped, cheered, teared up and pondered on the array
of provocative issues brought up during the performance.
The Vagina Monologues gives insights into women’s lives and thoughts and
views, and also their resilience and value to humankind.
There are six more evening and matinee performances of The Vagina Monologues
between now and the season’s end on Friday March 24.
For performance dates and times and to make bookings please see FAMDA’s
Tickets are also available from Main Street Revelations in Foster.