• 2018 FESTIVAL… 24th March

    SATURDAY FESTIVITIES
    10am - 4pm
    Red Earth Park &
    Mooroolbark Community Centre
    FREE ENTRY

    STREET PARADE
    Departs 10am
    From Station St, along Brice Ave to
    Red Earth Park

    [Below Image: Ghawazee Belly Dancers at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2010]

  • Ghawazee Belly Dancers
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Would you? Could you?

Would you like to be part of the festival team on the day?

Volunteers are needed on Saturday 25th March in the following areas.

Volunteers from Mooroolbark College ready to sell ride tickets at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2016. Photo by Cathy Grbac.

Volunteers from Mooroolbark College ready to sell ride tickets at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2016. Photo by Cathy Grbac.

 

  • Supervisory roles (Age 20+) at the Lucky Straws and Ride Ticket stalls, money handling required.
  • Youth Stage helpers required.
  • Parade marshals.

Minimum 2 hours shifts required. Please let us know your availability and abilities.

It’s a lot of fun and you’ll have time off to enjoy the festival as well.

If you’re interested please contact:

Barbara Austin
barbara@celebratemooroolbark.com
0417 381 542

Volunteers at the Lucky Straws stalls, Celebrate Mooroolbark 2015. Photo by Greg Carrick.

Volunteers at the Lucky Straws stalls, Celebrate Mooroolbark 2015. Photo by Greg Carrick.

 

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New to Celebrate Mooroolbark

It’s time for something new!

As you walk around this year, you’ll find yourself in groups of stalls of certain types or different interest groups – we’re calling them “hubs”. Here’s a little bit of information on each one and the site map below, so that you can begin to plan your day.

Jim’s TradeNet Local Business Hub

Here you’ll find a selection of Mooroolbark businesses from new services such as The Speech Tree to local produce like Benny’s Berries, unique shopping opportunities and delicious temptations from Manna Lane. You’ll also find Mooroolbark Traders and Community Group here, with the blender bikes being run by Ripple Kindness!

At the Jim’s TradeNet stall, you’ll find a program of demonstrations and talks throughout the day, including Manna Lane’s pickling and preserving demonstration at 11am and Jim Penman himself at 2pm. The full program will be published here next week.

Getting to know our local businesses better, especially those home or online based ones, helps to support our local economy, our local community and to reduce transportation of goods to our households. So get behind the businesses of these local people!

Food Hubs

Food and drinks will mostly be in two hubs, one nearest Brice Avenue and the other near the Youth Stage. This will make it easier for you to peruse the variety of cuisines and make your choices. Some tables and chairs will be provided nearby, but it’s a good idea to bring a picnic rug if you can!

Schools Hub

Mooroolbark’s local pre-schools, primary schools and secondary colleges hold stalls, many with free activities, items for sale to fundraise for their school and, of course, information about their school. This is a great chance for new parents to meet people from the local schools to see what’s on offer or for families to enjoy the free activities.

Community Hub

What’s happening in Mooroolbark? A lot! Volunteers get together frequently to make things happen. The Community Hub is the place to go to find out what they are doing, what changes they’d like to bring about in Mooroolbark and to support their endeavours. Often you’ll find free activities at these stalls as well.

Green Hub

It’s Easy Being Green! These stalls are there to teach us how. The Green Hub will be a mix of “green” community organisations, social enterprises and businesses. Some will hold sustainability talks/demonstrations on the day. We’l publish a program of those here shortly, otherwise look out for signs at their stalls on the day.

Active Living Hub

Are you thinking about joining a sports club, gym or fitness class?  Perhaps Zumba? Or Tai Chi? Head down to the oval to see demonstrations from the variety of active living options in Mooroolbark and try them out. The 3rd program to be announced next week! It’s all very exciting.

Marketplace

As always, we have a huge marketplace of locally-made products so bring your shopping bags and stock up on gifts, pantry items, plants, you name it. There’ll also be a few trash-n-treasure stalls! (We love recycling…)

And here’s your sneak peak of the festival site plan… (also to be found in our flyers being delivered to a letterbox near you – on 100% recycled paper mind you!)

Site map of 2017 festival

Street Parade Road Closure

Don’t Forget!!

At 10am the most spectacular Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade will go cruising down Brice Avenue, from Station Street to the festival site at Red Earth Park. So get there early to find a prime viewing spot! Here’s what’ll happen…

9.30 – 10.30am : Station Street (where the library and Hookey Park are located) will be closed to traffic for the parade participants to assemble and depart safely.

10am – 11am : Brice Avenue from Station Street to Hull Road (including car parks) will be closed to traffic to allow the Street Parade to occur safely.

So  consider walking, cycling or catching public transport to avoid road closure hassles and parking woes. More info on your options are over here: https://celebratemooroolbark.com/getting-there/

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015. Photo by Greg Carrick.

Look out for all these wonderful folk in the parade!

  • 1st Mooroolbark Scouts
  • Alizara Belly Dance Troupe
  • ARK Theatre Group
  • Australian Youth Band
  • Eastern Raptors Rugby League
  • Gray Court Pre School
  • Gymbaroo Mooroolbark
  • Helen O’Grady Drama Academy
  • Historical Commercial Vehicle Club
  • Lilydale SES
  • MECEC Kindergarten
  • Mooroolbark Fire Brigade
  • Mooroolbark Girl Guides
  • Mooroolbark History Group
  • Mooroolbark Star Wars Fan Group 501st
  • Numerous Classic & Movie Replica Cars
  • Pembroke Primary School
  • Vermont Secondary College Band
  • Yarra Ranges Special Development School
Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015. Photo by Greg Carrick.

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015

Pembroke Primary School in the Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2014

Pembroke Primary School at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2014

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015. Photo by Greg Carrick.

MOVIE MAYHEM!

Come dressed as your favourite character or movie star on Saturday 19th March (you might even win a prize for your efforts). We have some exciting ideas for bringing this theme into the festival, if you’d like to contribute some more, comment below or send us a message. We’d love to hear yours!

Celebrate Mooroolbark's theme this year is Movie Mayhem

Movies abound at the 2016 Celebrate Mooroolbark. Come along dressed as your favourite character or actor!

 

2014 – A flourishing community celebration!

It was a beaut day! Celebrate Mooroolbark 2014 – a flourishing community celebration!

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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…

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…people simply enjoyed being together!

Andy Griffiths the children’s author spoke to a standing room only crowd:

2014 Andy Griffiths crowd

And the hats were amazing – here are the junior and open winners:

2014 winning hats image

And a closeup of that hat!

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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 admin@celebratemooroolbark.com or if you’d like to join the organising committee contact Barb at barbara@celebratemooroolbark.com or phone her on 0417 381 542.

CELEBRATE MOOROOLBARK 2014

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.

Contact us to get involved or follow our Facebook page for all the latest updates!