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And that’s a wrap for 2016!

Thanks to everyone who participated in Home is Where the Hall is for 2016!

It has been an exciting time with so many varied events being held across Victoria, South Australia, and Tasmania. An extra bonus was a Regional Arts Victoria tour of Ballad of Backbone Joe that was presented in a number of halls in Victoria as part of the Connecting Places program.

This year also saw the launch of our halls directory. Whether you are searching for a venue or just keen to read the history of all the halls involved, be sure to check it out.

Registrations will be opening in the middle of the year for 2017 events, so start thinking about what you might want to plan for your hall in November next year!

You can see the map of all the 2016 events below.

Victoria, Stanley, Botanial Treasures Exhibition

EVENT DATE: From 1 November, continuing to end of January 2017


Botanical Treasures: Illustrations and Text from the collection at the Stanley Athenaeum showcases a selection of books from the collection that reflect the community’s continued interest in botany and plants from all over the world, a global fascination with plants from the New World, and a fascination with the unusual.

Date: From 1 November, continuing to end of January 2017
Venue: Stanley Athenaeum
Address: Main Street, Stanley
Time: 10.00am-12.30pm every Friday
Entry: Gold coin donation

Following the rush for gold at the Nine Mile a Public Room was built by public subscription in 1856 and opened in 1857 at the height of the gold rush at the Nine Mile (now known as Stanley). A meeting at the Public Room in 1863 elected a committee of ten men to establish a library and a librarian was appointed. This earlier wooden building was destroyed by fire in the late 1860’s and the present brick building replaced it on the same site and was opened 1874. It is believed much of the book collection was salvaged from this fire. In 1891 an additional building was added to the rear of the Main Room, this is the building as it exists today.
From 1863 until the 1970s the Stanley Athenaeum was a lending library and now houses a collection of historic books, the Geoff Craig Local History collection and community archives that are available for reading and research. The Friends of the Athenaeum hold regular temporary exhibitions informed by the collection the Athenaeum continues to have a vital role as the centre of many Stanley community events. It is a small venue and has been a regular meeting place for community groups over the years, including the the Country Women’s Association, Stanley New Year’s Day Committee, Red Cross and CFA. Currently it is used regularly by Stanley Recreation Reserve Committee, Stanley Cemetery Trust , Stanley LandCare, Stanley Artists and the Stanley Hall and Athenaeum Committee. It has always been a meeting place for small social functions, fundraising events, exhibitions and public meetings.

Visit the Stanley Hall page.

Victoria, Heyfield, Girls Night Out – Movie – Embrace

EVENT DATE: Friday 18 November 2016

The movie ‘Embrace’ and following workshops, one specifically for teenagers, a wholefood demonstration how to make healthy snacks and smoothies. Followed by a delicious supper. Parents who want to check suitability for daughters can check the parents’ guide to embrace.
Proceeds from the night will be used to fund a free teen girls day retreat open to all girls aged between 12 to 17

Date: Friday 18 November 2016
Venue: Heyfield War Memorial Hall
Address: 38 MacFarlane St, Heyfield
Time: 6.30pm
Entry: $30
Bookings required: Via Eventbrite or call Wendy on 0439451892

In 2016 we celebrated our 60th year with the Australia Day dance. Over the years Film night were regularly held, basketball was played in the main hall, the Layland brothers were a hit showing their travel films. Dances and Balls were always popular. In recent times the focus has changed to exercise classes weekly, school concerts, large funerals as the venue will hold 600 people, conferences, artistic displays, music concerts and Weddings just to name a few. Last financial year we recorded 8632 used the venue. Not bad for a small timber town.

Visit the Heyfield Memorial Hall page.

Victoria, Merrijig, Merrijig Firey Ball

EVENT DATE: Saturday 12 November 2016

Fund-raising event for the Merrijig Public Hall & CFA.
Supper & bar are provided.
Wear something ‘fiery’.

Date: Saturday 12 November 2016
Venue: Merrijig Public Hall
Address: Cnr Mt Buller Rd & Alpha St Merrijig
Time: 7.30pm
Entry: $25 (tickets at the door)

The Merrijig Public Hall was built in the 1930s by the Mountain Cattleman & their families as a place to socialize in the small township.
It has been used for many events over the years & is still a place to get together for the locals, with regular exercise & sewing groups, private & community functions & local school activities.
It is also a registered Safer Neighbourhood place in the event of bush fires & is used as a base for Search & Rescue in the area.

Visit the Merrijig Public Hall page.

Victoria, Kaarimba Hall, Great Kaarimba Bake-Off/CFA Open Day

EVENT DATE: Sunday 27 November 2016

Join our local firemen for a BBQ lunch, then show us how well you can bake by entering our 6th ‘Great Kaarimba Bakeoff’! Sections for men, women and children, and everyone gets to sample the entries for afternoon tea. Also featuring a display of interesting, pretty or special aprons. Just bring your apron along on the day. A fun social gathering where everyone is welcome.


  1. Men only scones
  2. Men only chocolate cake, iced and/or decorated (new perpetual trophy for the winner!!)
  3. Ladies only sponge, iced and/or decorated
  4. Ladies only high tea sandwiches, equivalent of 2 rounds
  5. Open, any variety of cake
  6. Open, 6 pieces of any slice
  7. Children under 12, 4 decorated cup cakes
  8. Children under 12, 4 decorated biscuits (not necessarily homemade)

Please deliver your bake off entries to the hall by 12.30 for judging.

Bake off entries will be used for afternoon tea.

We are seeking aprons to have on display, please bring your favourite one along.

For further information contact Gail on 58269488

Date: Sunday 27 November 2016
Venue: Kaarimba Hall
Address: Kaarimba Hall Rd, Kaarimba 3635
Time: 12.00pm
Entry: $5 (preschoolers free). Includes lunch, lucky gate ticket, and a grand afternoon tea.

Kaarimba Hall is a lovely old historic building in the farming district of Kaarimba, 30 Km north of Shepparton. Built in 1900, it has been used for all types of social and sporting functions for 116 years and is still available for hire for parties, badminton or other functions.

Visit the Kaarimba Hall page.

Victoria, Mollongghip, Mollongghip Poetry Slam

EVENT DATE: Saturday 12 November 2016

The Mollongghip Poetry Slam is aimed at locals and amateurs. It’s about story-telling and letting it all out, and garners an enthusiastic audience of up to 100. A heart-warming event in its 11th year, it’s far-from-serious. Judges score and comment wearing floral hats, although at least one ‘outsider’ judge has to have a background in literature or poetry. All poems must be original and contain the theme words for that particular year. In 2016, the words each poem must contain are “a fork in the road.” Poems are read from the stage for a strictly enforced time limit of 2 minutes. We run a bar selling wine and beer, and the night ends with supper. Everyone is expected to bring a ‘plate’.

Date: Saturday 12 November
Venue: Mollongghip Community Hall
Address: 521 Mollongghip-Dean Rd, Mollongghip 3352
Time: 7.00pm-11.00pm
Entry: $10

Set among rich green paddocks in the 700 metre high, hidden valley of Mollongghip, the small wooden hall was built by farmers in 1903. Apart from a CFA shed, it’s the only community facility in this strung out hamlet. Owned and still managed by locals, the hall is much loved and retains its original character, despite being recently refurbished and a modest kitchen installed. The committee runs a series of events year round from a Progressive Dinner, which involves a walk to the top of surrounding hill, then back to the hall for dinner; a harvest festival; community feast and fund-raising auction; concerts and plays; and the Poetry Slam.

Visit the Mollongghip Community Hall page.

Victoria, Dunolly Arts Hub, Dunolly & District Neighbourhood Centre Annual Arts & Craft Show 2016

EVENT DATE: Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 November 2016

A community based annual arts & crafts show, with 12 categories, devonshire tea available, open all weekend with all artworks for sale.

Date: Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 November 2016
Venue: Dunolly Arts Hub
Address: Corner of Alice & Thompson St, Dunolly
Time: Saturday 12.00pm-4.00pm, Sunday 10.00am-4.00pm
Entry: Gold coin donation

Set amongst the tall gums, this timber hall started life back in 1956, it’s opening was part of the 1956 Back to Dunolly Festival. The building was a Scout Hall for many years and then a Woodworkers Club. The Dunolly Neighbourhood Centre acquired the building from the local council in March 2016 for a new home for the local art group, with $6,000 in grants the building was completely renovated, all the work has been done by volunteers. The annual art show will be our first official event and we look forward to many more.

Visit the Dunolly Arts Hub page.