EVENT DATE: Saturday 19 November 2016

Not Backwards in coming Forward. Accomplished singer, dancer, choreographer and writer extraordinaire Kelly Auty brings us her new cabaret show “Backwards & in High Heels”. Following her hugely successful “Wild Women Show”, this new show shines a spotlight on talented women artists from the 1920s to the 1980s. Kelly interlaces stories about their lives with her own impressive renditions of the songs in styles including folk, blues, jazz, country, rock and soul. Her handpicked band provides wonderful backing and three part vocal harmonies. Expect to hear works from singers as diverse as Patsy Cline, Bette Midler, Annie Lennox, Nina Simone, Edith Piaf, Miriam Makeba, Odetta, Joan Armatrading, Carol King, Joni Mitchell and KD Lang. “Backwards & in High Heels” is the ideal show to end the 2016 Café Culture Series. RuffArtZ gratefully acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Date: Saturday 19 November 2016
Venue: Ruffy Mechanics Hall
Address: 3 Nolans Rd Ruffy Vic 3666
Time: 8.00pm
Entry: $25 per person
Bookings: Bookings required. Call Kym on 0409 172 595

Ruffy Mechanics Hall was erected in 1893 – a small weatherboard building with a small supper room at the back. From 1959 to 1967 Mr Tom Eddy’s generator was used to provide power to the hall until the grand ‘Switch-On Ball’ on 30 June 1967. The Hall has since benefited from great fundraising and many working-bees by the community, along with government grants, making it a wonderful venue for many events, including live performances.

New projects have seen the installation of cafe blinds to enable the rear skillion to be enclosed in bad weather; a spectacular stone fire place ensuring a cosy atmosphere; a BBQ area and landscaping of the rear garden area; as well as a wheel-chair accessible toilet.

The Ruffy Hall has also benefited from the installation of solar panels to offset electricity usage/costs. The necessary removal of some trees has resulted in improved access and light at the front of the hall. There is now a soldier’s memorial area in memory of local men who served in WWII – this memorial is wonderful sight right near the entrance to Ruffy.

Visit the  Ruffy Hall page.


EVENT DATE: Saturday 5 November 2016

We’re holding a Trivia Night to raise funds for our historic church building in need of a new floor. There will be lots of trivia questions, as well as silent auctions throughout the night and plenty of games and fun to be had. Everyone is welcome at St Mary’s.

Date: Saturday 5 November 2016
Venue: Norma Richardson Hall
Address: Buckland Street, Woodend
Time: 7.00pm
Entry: $10 per person

The Norma Richardson Hall was opened on August 12, 2012 after the old historic hall burned down in 2006. The new hall was named in honour of one of our long term parishioners, and incredibly hard working volunteers, Mrs Norma Richardson, who now in her 80’s still participates in every way she can in the community. The hall is 25 squares, holds 100 people comfortably at tables, has a commercial kitchen, up to date audio/visual facilities, is wheelchair friendly and, most importantly in chilly Woodend winters, has great heating! Our beautiful hall is used by many groups in Woodend – from pilates classes to cooking classes, to art exhibitions and movie nights.

Visit the  Norma Richardson Hall page.


EVENT DATE: Tuesday 1, Tuesday 8, Tuesday 15 and Tuesday 22 November 2016

The Avon Doors Open event will provide an opportunity for the community to explore the attributes the Avon Hall Complex can provide for the very young to the very senior members of the community. Follow a discovery tour through the main hall which will show case the versatility of the hall. Let the young ones play with some of the giant floor games or stand on the stage and tell a joke or two. Check out the kitchen facilities for your next event i.e. 40th,50th, maybe 90th birthday . Phase two will include a browse through the Book Nook with its large supply of books suitable for a large variety of taste then on to the craft hall with its unusual wool craft related equipment i.e. spinning wheels, felting equipment, looms plus the opportunities for various crafts. Have a go and express your creative talent. Relax with a cuppa and chat.


Date: Tuesday 1, Tuesday 8, Tuesday 15 and Tuesday 22 November 2016
Venue: Avon Hall Complex
Address: Avon Road, Avon
Time: 11.00am-3.00pm
Entry: Free. 
Bookings only required for large groups: 08 8867 1127

Originally the Avon Sunday School hall was built in 1923. Due to religious beliefs some social events were disallowed, so the community built another hall along- side, opening in 1960. At the time regular dances were held. In time a small portable building was annexed for the use of children, i.e. a play group and Friday night’s kids club. Due to the declining farming population, the closing of the school, and shop, use has decrease dramatically and the annex has now been established as Book Nook. The main hall is used for various social events such as Adult Learners Day in September and until recently a wonderful Christmas festival which ran for about 3 weeks bringing in buses of folk from various city locations to view the displays and enjoy a luncheon put on by the aging volunteers. In recent times the Hall has hosted weddings, parties, historic events, reunions. The Sunday School hall has been set up as a craft hall and the group meet every Tuesday focusing on but not always the local products of the area mainly wool and grain. Equipment such as spinning wheels, carder, looms are set up for the enthusiastic to try their hand.

Visit the  Avon Complex page.


EVENT DATE: Saturday 12 November

Old Time Dance featuring music by Russell’s Dance Music. Includes novelty dances and a delicious supper. Fun and fitness for all ages.


Date: Saturday 12 November
Venue: Picola Hall
Address: Moran Street, Picola
Time: 8.00pm
Entry: $8 per adult, discounts for students and families

A Hall was first opened in the small rural Victorian community of Picola in 1900. Sadly it was lost to fire on two occasions but rebuilt bigger and better in 1938. With a beautiful Jarrah floor it is an ideal venue for dancing. The Hall was opened with a community dance and there has been dancing in the hall ever since. A monthly dance now sees a gathering of people coming together for fun and fitness to enjoy the social atmosphere that can be found at Picola.

Visit the Picola Hall page.


EVENT DATE: Friday 18 November – Sunday 20 November

It is now 150 years since construction of the Malmsbury Reservoir began in 1866. Come and view our display on the history of the Reservoir – or bring along your own research and pick our brains on local and family history.

Date: Friday 18 November – Sunday 20 November
Venue: Malmsbury Mechanics Institute
Address: 71 Mollison Street Malmsbury
Time: 9.00am-4.00pm each day
Entry: Free entry – research fees may apply. 
Please book to undertake research. Email at least 2 days’ in advance:

On the site of a former Caroline Chisholm Sheltershed and the first Malmsbury council chambers, the Mechanics Institute was built in 1876 and the Federal Hall added in 1895. Now managed by the Malmsbury Historical Society, it has housed and supported a wide variety of community organisations and functions.

Visit the Malmsbury Mechanics Institute page.


EVENT DATE: Sunday 20 November 2016

Visitors can expect many old favourites and new surprises. Once again live music will feature strongly with roving performers and stage entertainment. Local wineries will offer tastings and sales alongside local produce and hot and cold food stalls. Children’s activities include a jumping castle, face painting and plaster mould decorating. A makers’ market will showcase local handcrafts and games of bowls and croquet will take place on the original garden green.

Date: Sunday 20 November 2016
Venue: Malmsbury Town Hall and Botanic Gardens
Address: Corner of Ellesmere Place and Mollison St, Malmsbury
Time: 10.00am-4.00pm
Entry: Cold coin entry

The Malmsbury Town Hall is a civic building constructed in 1868 and located in the north-east corner of the historic Malmsbury Botanic Gardens. In the late 19th century recreational facilities, including a bowling green, tennis court and croquet lawn, were added. The hall has enjoyed an upsurge in use and vitality in the past few years. Recent renovations include a kitchen upgrade, painting and acoustic improvements. More and more community meetings, events and private functions are being held in this local asset.

Visit the Malmsbury Town Hall page.


EVENT DATE: Sunday 20 November 2016

Come and see what Badger Creek Hall has to offer: historic proscenium, Men’s Shed facilities, new toilet block, etc.

Date: Sunday 20 November 2016
Venue: Badger Creek Hall
Address: 358 Badger Creek Road, Badger Creek
Time: 1.00pm-3.30pm
Entry: Free

Originally sited opposite the Healesville Sancturay, this hall was built in a day and a half in December 1924. It was moved to its present location in 1978 and renamed V.C. Mullett hall in his honour on his 80th birthday. At the opening ceremony, Mr Robert Eadie hoped this hall would be a happy meeting place. Over the years many dances, weddings, 21sts, parties of all kinds, flower shows, etc. have given residents hours of pleasure within these walls. Find out more on the Badger Creek Hall website.

Visit the Badger Creek Hall page.