“Once there were 2 purple crazy cats and their names were Levi and Isla. They loved to smile all day long. But one day they had a problem they lost their smiles when they were playing in a ball pit…”
It was a beaut day! Celebrate Mooroolbark 2014 – a flourishing community celebration!
Expressions of appreciation came from many unexpected quarters. I was particularly moved by the reflective comments made by seasoned festival attendees – some of whom were seeing the festival through seemingly new eyes. Their comments dwelt on the powerful way the Festival provides increasing numbers of people in our community with the opportunity to linger together and have a small glimpse of the joy of mingling, chatting, smiling and laughing together – enjoying the laughter of children, the talents of local performers, the flair of those who dress up, the atmosphere created by the stalls, presentations and activities…
From the community stage to inside the Community Centre…
…people simply enjoyed being together!
Andy Griffiths the children’s author spoke to a standing room only crowd:
And the hats were amazing – here are the junior and open winners:
And a closeup of that hat!
Thanks everybody! And plenty of plaudits to our sponsors: Yarra Ranges Council, Bendigo Bank, Lions Club, Living Today in Mooroolbark, The Professionals, Rokat Design, St Francis in the Fields, Goodlife Health Clubs… See you next year!
Randall Bourchier, Vice Chairperson
If you’d like to stay in touch please join our Facebook page, where we’ll be posting more photos and announcing competition winners over the next 2 weeks. We welcome your feedback there or write to firstname.lastname@example.org or if you’d like to join the organising committee contact Barb at email@example.com or phone her on 0417 381 542.
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Celebrate Mooroolbark 2014 – a fantastic night and day of local culture.
The 2014 festival will open on Friday night 21 March with a 7.30pm Talent Quest in the Community Centre. Tickets will be $5, which includes supper.
The festivities continue on Saturday 22 March from 9.30am to 4pm, with a colourful street parade of local schools and community groups wearing costumes to reflect the Mad Hatters Tea Party theme of the 2014 festival. Follow the Street Parade along Brice Avenue, past Mooroolbark’s local shopping strip to the festival hub at Red Earth Park. There you will find an abundance of free and low cost activities for the whole family.
Every year a full stage program highlights local talent, with room for a picnic in front, there’s ample choice of delectable treats from the food stalls all around. You’ll also find community information and market stalls, rides, face painters, balloon animals, roving performers, story-telling, an animal farm, pony rides and more!
In 2014 the 40-strong Australian Youth Band will be performing on the main stage, as well as the Yarra Hills Secondary School ensemble. The FREEZA stage will host a number of local bands. The hugely popular Tubby the Robot will return with her baby to roam the Red Earth Park, along with Kofi the West African Drummer and the wonderful Ghawazee Belly Dancers. For more details go to our Program page.
Many competitions and prizes will also be available for schools groups and community members to get involved in.
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