Lost Trades Australia celebrates the art of skilled manual work and ancient and traditional trades and crafts, their special tools, traditions, languages and secrets which are now threatened by mass produced products in our modern society. Unfortunately many crafts and trades have been lost to history. Traditional crafts and trades that once were the backbone to building towns, cities and industries have gone and been left in the wake of new technology. To book
A new collection of masks woven by Embera tribe of the southern Darien rainforests of Panama depicting local animals and animal spirits come courtesy of Casco Home, a local business started by Macedon resident, Michelle Toose after spending five years living in Panama and connecting with a foundation that supports the work of local artisans. The collection will be shown on Saturday 8th December 2 - 4pm.
In this latest series of works, Ruth has produced a series of magical vessels that may conjure up an Aegean shipwreck or perhaps a home for a genie? They remain earthy organic forms but are emboldened by gold glazed handles and decorative adornment.
From the age of eight Sharon has held a fascination with post World War II European and Japanese Christmas trees and glass adornments. Sharon's baubles will be on show at Flop House with an opening on Friday 30th November from 6 - 8pm at Flop House.
A celebration of the Macedon Ranges megafauna discoveries and indigenous culture in the region. Aboriginal people have lived in the Macedon Ranges area for at least 26,000 years. The Wurundjeri, Dja Dja Wurrrung and Taungurung communities are still active.
The imprint of thousands of generations of Aboriginal people can be found in the form of scarred trees, rock scatters, shell middens, quarries, grinding stones, ceremonial grounds and ochre pits.
Lancefield has a rich and unique history being one of Australia’s significant sites for discovering the bones of giant megafauna who lived in the area up to 80,000 years ago. Aboriginal Australians co-existed with the megafauna for at least 17,000 years!
This year we see the 4th Annual Extinct Lancefield Megafauna Festival celebrating the rich megafauna fossil deposit located at Lancefield Swamp. The ‘megafauna’ plantation in High Street will be the central activity area with a marquee from Museums Victoria, ‘Frankenroo’ the Macropus titan fossil, a mega sand jigsaw, mega mural handpainting, clay sculpture workshops and much more. You can visit the Lancefield Swamp where scientists will be conducting a sieving demonstration. There are talks about fungi, the natural environment and the work of palaeontologists. The aboriginal Mount William site for the manufacture of stone axes is also a unique and significant historical location. An information booth will be located in the plantation.
Such events in the central highlands are of great significance honouring those that cared for our land before white settlement.
Mount William, Wil-im-ee Moor-ring (Home of many axes), north of Lancefield is one of the most important cultural sites of the Wurundjeri people and was recently added to the National Heritage List in recognition of its national significance. Council formally transferred the land title, ownership and management of Wil-im-ee Moor-ring back to the Wurungeri people in 2012.
All Aboriginal cultural places and artefacts are protected by law in Victoria under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006. Any artefact or sites found must be reported to Aboriginal Affairs Victoria or Council.
Its Peony Season!
For those like myself who adore peonies why not take yourself out to the central highlands and visit Spring Hill Peony Farm. The flowering season only lasts four to six weeks and once the peonies move to full bloom, the adoring fans are invited to pick their own.
Spring Hill Peony Farm is only open to public for a very limited time and this weekend is it, so don’t even think about it, treat yourself, get into nature, charm yourself and come home with a bounty of stunning peonies
This years La Primavera festival will be an intimate affair that continues Lavandula’s tradition of celebrating the Swiss Italian history and influence of the area.
This year highlights the region's health-giving underground mineral waters and the dedicated healing practitioners that are so important to the Hepburn Shire.
Make a date with one or more of the region's best healing practitioners who'll be available to help you relax, rejuvenate and reinvigorate. Explore the original 1850s stone farmhouse for an in depth tour conducted by the original descendants. Take a leisurely stroll around the gardens and deeply breathe in the clean, country air and take in wide views of the grounds and beyond. It is a day for the whole family to come together and celebrate the birth of spring.
This year's Malmsbury Village Fayre features loads of magical family activities including an exciting Parkour course and all-day music program featuring new up and coming artists as well as the world music highlight acts of previous years. There will also be food trucks and over 70 stalls showcasing the best of Macedon Ranges’ local wine, beer and cider plus food produce, hand-made and finely crafted items. Entry fee to this community run event is $2
Renowned landscape designer Paul Bangay is once again opening the gates to Stonefields, his spectacular 16-hectare private property near Daylesford in central Victoria, this year to raise money for the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.
Stonefields is rarely open to the public and this event is an exclusive opportunity to go behind the scenes at one of Australia’s most celebrated gardens.
Stroll through the seven acres of spectacular gardens, and also enjoy:
a selection of fine food and beverages on the lawn
the vibrant Community Market with unique items, including some of the rare plants you can see growing at Stonefields
meeting Paul Bangay and Stephanie Alexander in the book-signing marquee, and browsing books and gifts
discovering more about pleasurable food education with the Kitchen Garden Foundation team
stalls selling products made by Kitchen Garden Program schools.
All proceeds from this event go towards supporting the delivery of pleasurable food education in Australian schools and centres.
Come and see the "best in show" at the 157th Annual Kyneton Show kicking off on Friday 18th November with a Carnival and then an action packed Saturday filled with a huge range of exhibits from animals, to preserves to art shows. A must see if you are in town and want to connect with country life.
A must attend event for anyone interested in the wines from this region. A winery pass is only $20 to attend over 30 wineries in 19 different locations. Enjoy great local produce in scenic locations and the opportunity to meet the makers. Transport available. For full details see the festival website
The 15th Biennial Castlemaine & District Festival of Gardens.
For just over 25 years the gardeners of Castlemaine & District have opened their front gates and welcomed visitors in to enjoy the fruits of their labours.
Every two years, in Melbourne Cup Week, around 25 selected gardens are offered for your enjoyment. As always there is a variety of gardens, from grand and historical gardens to small cottage plots and gardens which will intrigue and inspire.
This year there will be 22 Gardens of the Goldfields open.
The Kyneton Music Festival returns, with an all star line up. Kicking off on Friday night at the Bluestone Theatre with Dan Kelly Dream Band, The Twoks and Sugarfed Leopards then continuing all day and night Saturday at St Paul's Park with Cash Savage and the Last Drinks, Loose Tooth and Mightiest of Guns and much more. A series of more intimate gigs will be held next door at Major Toms. For full program details go to the festival website.
From the opening exhibition this Wednesday night to closing fireworks on Sunday, the Swiss Italian Festa is an action packed event celebrating the Swiss Italian heritage of Hepburn Springs with food + wine, exhibitions, parades, music, children's activities, sports and walks.
Come and join us and photographer Angus O’Callaghan for a glass of sparkling and a viewing of his iconic photographs of Melbourne taken during the 1960’s and 70’s. We will have thirty two framed works on sale and Angus will provide a welcome and be on hand to discuss the works that have become iconic records of Melbourne’s past. Without his amazing eye for details much of this era would have been lost forever.
The daffs are out and the Daffodil Festival season is fast approaching. Something for everyone - art exhibtitions, antique show. ferret races, one act plays, scarecrow competition, a street parade and so much more. Check out the extensive festival program
The Bendigo Writers Festival takes place in the heart of Bendigo's View Street arts precinct.
The festival provides a forum to meet and talk about books and writing, and, mostly, to enjoy the conviviality of a festival set in View Street, Bendigo. There are interviews and debates about everything; you can be sure you’ll find something to delight, amuse, intrigue and stimulate. And we're inviting everyone to share in a warm and friendly winter weekend. For program details register here
Perch Creek are a band of five exuberant and multi-talented musicians, four of whom are siblings. This Melbourne-based international touring act write and perform harmony driven modern pop/folk music with a creative energy and fearless spirit. Book your tickets here.
From the Adelaide Fringe to Kyneton this clowning and physical theatre show that is a not to be missed event for kids over the school holidays. Please note the show will be followed by a workshop. For more information and to purchase tickets go to the Macedon Ranges Shire Council website.
Join Grant Cowan at Flop House for an extended pet portrait session over the Queen’s birthday weekend. Bring your loved one to pose in front of a back drop and we will take a photo of him/her for Grant to draw and then paint. Portraits will be completed within the hour. If you can’t make it in commissions via email are possible.
The 14th Annual Woodend Winter Arts Festival will commence on Friday 8th June at the start of the Queens Birthday weekend. Bringing together some of the best chamber music, jazz and world music in the country as well as visual artists, writers and political commentators. Flop House offers discounts to festival goers that stay for a minimum of two nights with Flop House and purchase a festival pass.
Some of Australia’s finest artists who choose to work and live in the stunning Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region are opening up their studios over three weekends for the sixth Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios (DMROS) program, which takes place from Saturday 21 April – Sunday 06 May.
Running over the next three weekends, the Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios program is now in its 6th year! A great opportunity to visit some of our finest artists in their studios and enjoy the spectacular autumn colours at the same time. For more details view the program here.