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After missing out due to the COVID pandemic, events are forging ahead in the region, including the Port Fairy 2021 Winter Weekends.
While the current COVID outbreak in Victoria has thrown a spanner in the works, the committee has managed to put together an extensive program for the first of the winter weekends.
While residents of greater Melbourne will be restricted in their travel plans for the long weekend due to COVID settings, country Victorians are still expected to travel for the three-day break.
Port Fairy Winter Weekends coordinator Amy Armstrong said she was excited for the weekend to go ahead.
"The festival will continue to monitor the COVID-19 restrictions and adapt each festival weekend as necessary," Ms Armstrong said.
"Fingers crossed that we do get a weekend without restrictions, but rest assured that the team are working hard to ensure that there is still enjoyment to be had in a COVID-19 compliant way."
The festival will continue to monitor the COVID-19 restrictions and adapt each festival weekend as necessary.Amy Armstrong
BREAKFAST: For men wanting to find a place for a chat, look no further than the Grab Life by the Balls community which meets at Lake Pertobe at 7.30am every Friday.
A STUDY IN BEER: Let the Minister (Damon) take you on an ombibulous journey and learn how to compare and contrast flavour profiles of six different beer styles. This session is tailored to your knowledge and level of interest, making it a truly personalised experience. Numbers are limited and bookings essential. $35 Fridays at 5.30pm and Saturdays at 4.30pm in June and July Ministry of Ombibulous Studies, 2/32 Bank St Port Fairy. Tickets: https://www.ombibulousstudies.com.au/events
A STUDY IN WHISKEY AND CHEESE: Awaken your tastebuds as you sample five whiskies, paired with a carefully curated all-Victorian cheeseboard. The Minister will guide you through the tasting, which is tailored to your palate, knowledge and level of interest, making it a truly personalised experience. There are limited seats available and bookings are essential. $59 Fri 11 June, 7.30-9pm. Ministry of Ombibulous Studies, 2/32 Bank St Port Fairy. Tickets: https://www.ombibulousstudies.com.au/events
UP IN LIGHTS: There are few more iconic locations in Port Fairy than the Moyne River. The buildings framing this famous body of water will this weekend be bathed in lights of all colours as part of the Light Up Port Fairy project. Buildings along the river from the foot bridge to the road bridge will be illuminated by colourful exterior lighting, making an impressive winter show.
OPEN STUDIOS: Port Fairy's artists welcome you to spend time in their studios are open for the first Winter Weekend of 2021. Meet painters, illustrators, textilers, glass artists and more. Chat about what inspires them, see them in their element and take home a special, local work of art. From Saturday to Monday at various locations.
MORTLAKE ART SHOW: The Mortlake Art Show is running all of the Queen's Birthday long weekend from June 12 to 14 at the Mortlake RSL. Shows open 10am to 4pm.
WARM JAZZ ON THE CORNER: The Ladies Lounge featuring Erin Toulmin (clarinet) and Julie Mac (keys) will brighten your morning with jazz favourites. June 12 10-11.30am at The Hub, Corner Sackville St and Bank St.
REPAIR CAFE: On Saturday June 11, volunteer fixers from the Port Fairy Repair Café will have their tools set up, eagerly waiting for broken items to fix. People visiting the Repair Café can bring along their broken item from home, and together with the volunteer fixer, work to repair or fix it. Types of items that can be brought to be repaired at this event include bikes, jewellery, wooden items, mechanical items, toys, clothes and also knife and tool sharpening. Port Fairy Community House, 10am to 1pm.
CHILDREN'S CERAMIC WORKSHOP: Clay is a beautifully tactile medium - a wonderfully messy way to introduce art to your curious child and expand their creativity. These ceramic classes, led by Leearna Moloney of kit ceramics, will teach kids how to create pieces from wet clay using their best tools - their hands. Kids will make hand-built 3D pieces inspired by the book Lost and Found by Shaun Tan. Together they'll explore various ways of creating functional and sculptural objects by learning different hand-building techniques. $15, June 12, 9.30-11.30am, 12-2pm and 2.30-4.30pm 1 Union St, Port Fairy. https://www.portfairywinterweekends.com.au/allevents/ceramicsworkshop
BUSY PLACE: Railway Place promises to be a hive of activity on Saturday morning with plenty planned to take place. The Port Fairy Community House market will be in operation with COVID Safe settings in place.
FAMILY AFFAIR: Young families will be catered for this weekend, with a number of activities aimed at children discovering and having fun. On Saturday morning, a Creative Nature Play session will be held at Battery Hill. This session will be limited to 10 participants with the aim to get on touch with natural elements such as earth, fire, water and air. Shaping as one of the most popular parts of the weekend is the Treasure Hunt by the Sea. This activity will take place each day over the long weekend from 9am. While children will be excited to take part, the treasure hunt is open to people of all ages. Treasures will be hidden around the town with the hunt to begin each morning from the visitor information centre.
DEGUSTATION EXPERIENCE: An intimate evening spent talking all things beer and spirits with Koroit's Noodledoof owners and brewers Sam and Alex. The evening includes canapés and a Noodledoof gin cocktail on arrival; guided tasting of all the beers on tap; seated dinner of locally sourced ingredients prepared to compliment the brewery's beers; tank samples of upcoming beer releases, all topped off with Noodledoof's delicious, iced coffee stout with paired dessert. Satisfied much? Bookings essential. Sat June 12, 6pm til late at Noodledoof Brewery, 128 commercial Rd, Koroit. Tickets: https://www.portfairywinterweekends.com.au/allevents/2021/4/27/the-noodledoof-degustation-experience
MUSIC: Anita Hoekstra is performing a piano recital at the Church of Christ on Sunday at 2.30pm.
BOOK LAUNCH: The Tolstoy Estate by Steven Conte. Blarney Books is proud to host the local launch of Steven Conte's long-awaited second novel, The Tolstoy Estate. Hear from the winner of the inaugural Prime Minister's Literary Award, who is currently shortlisted for the 2021 Walter Scott Scott Prize, discuss his powerful, densely rich and deeply affecting novel of love, war and literature. Sunday June 13, 5.30pm at Blarney Books and Art, 37 James Street Port Fairy. Bookings essential.
AGILE: Port Fairy Community House will be the location for an active Sunday morning. Jonathan Ayres will be running a Tai Chi class, with a maximum of 10 people. The class begins at 9am and costs $20.
MEN'S HEALTH WEEK: Men's Health Week is running from 14 to 20 June 2021. This year's Men's Health Week focuses on what it means to have a team. Good health is about being the best you can be in your situation. It's important to prioritise your physical, emotional, and social health by staying connected and seeking support early if something is wrong, from a team of people who care about you and your wellbeing.
BEEKEEPING: The beekeeping club meets every Monday at the Jim Robinson Shearing Pavilion at the Warrnambool Showgrounds at 7pm.
MARKET: The Warrnambool Community Gardens' market returns from 3.30pm to 6.30pm with stalls of fresh fruit and vegetables, seedlings and plants from within 150 kilometres of the city. There will also be live music from Bruce Campbell and Friends.