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EVENT DATE: Friday 17 November – Sunday 19 November 2017

Two must see artists of outrageously funny proportions combining their talents into one incredible show for your pleasure! Starring award winning, five star internationally renowned physical comedian Daniel Oldaker aka “Dandyman” (La Soireé, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Melb. Int Comedy Fest) and the inimitable circus variety star Rani Huszar, “Ruby Rubberlegs” as seen on ABC’s “Live at the Memo”, “The Sideshow”, La Cliqué. Both stars of the international Festival circuit have appeared in films, on television, in circus tents, in opera houses and now they come to a theatre near you! Varietyville takes variety to a whole new level. Bite sized morsels of masterful magic, chaotic clowning, preposterous physical feats, musical mayhem, hilarious hi-jinks and much much more! “Acts of Absurdity And Uncontrolled Laughter – I laughed harder and longer at one act this evening than I have anything else I have seen this fringe” 5 STARS Clothesline (Charissa McCluskey-Garcia) Fringe World


Date: Friday 17 November 2017                   Time: 7:00pm
Venue: Gordon Public Hall
Address: 64 Main St Gordon

Date: Saturday 18 November 2017               Time: 7:00pm
Venue: Trentham Mechanics Hall
Address: 66 High St Trentham

Date: Sunday 19 November 2017                     Time: 2:00pm
Venue: Newstead Community Centre
Address: 9 Lyons Street, Newstead
Entry: Adult $20, Child $10, Family $60



Visit the Gordon Public Hall page.

Visit the Newstead Community Centre page.

Wilby Social Group End of Year Party

EVENT DATE: Thursday 16 November 2017

After a wonderful year of monthly get-togethers the Wilby Social Group have asked popular local singers Frank Monk and Jenny Keenan to entertain us at the End of Year Party on Thursday 16th November. The singers special toe-tapping music is always greatly enjoyed by the group. The activity will be Xmas card making to add to the fun. Please bring a plate of morning tea to share.

Date: Thursday 16 November 2017
Venue: Wilby & District Memorial Hall
Address: Swanson Street, Wilby
Time: 9:30am
Entry: Gold Coin donation

Wilby & District Memorial Hall turned 60 years old in April 2017. It is still a great meeting place for the community. Yoga Classes are held twice weekly, Old time dances are held bi monthly and the Social Group meets on the third Thursday of each month. Many other events are held in the hall including community meetings and various one off functions. Go Hall!

Visit the Wilby & District Memorial Hall page.

Raining at Lulubels

EVENT DATE: Friday 24 and Sunday 26 November 2017

An original Musical comedy play about the townsfolk of a small strangely familiar town in the Gold mining town region of Victoria and the Chaos caused when the town’s Hall is washed away in the great flood of 1933. This is a sequel to the 2009 production “Foule’s Gold” with ‘Tall Tony, now 90 and his descendants. Lot’s of laughs with both original and very old Songs. Written by Steve Lane and Gwyn van den Bergen

Date: Friday 24 and Sunday 26 November 2017
Venue: Moonambel Hall
Address: 14 Woods Street, Moonambel
Time: Friday 8.00pm, Sunday 4.00pm
Entry: Adults $10, Under 16 $2

The history of the Moonambel Hall (formerly Mechanics Institute Reserve) is documented in the book ‘If these Walls could talk.’ The first hall was washed away in the floods of Nov./Dec. 1933. The current hall was opened in 1937. The Pyrenees Shire has always been very good to the hall committee & in 2015 a brand new kitchen was built. The hall has played host to all the usual community activities, such as school concerts; church luncheons/teas; cabarets; wedding breakfasts ; trivia nights; exhibitions; life’ drawing classes; markets etc.

Visit the Moonambel Hall page.

Mick Thomas and Twin Peaks LIVE

EVENT DATE: Saturday 25 November 2017

A great night of live music in the beautiful old Cheshunt Hall, nestled in the picturesque King Valley. Mick Thomas and Squeezebox Wally will be entertaining us with tunes and stories they will weave their magic into the summer night. Twin Peaks is a Canadian duo with guitars and harmonies to soothe and delight. As well as the tunes, the Whitfield District Primary School families will be running a BBQ and the bar as a fundraiser and Fun Raiser!!

Date: Saturday 25 November 2017
Venue: Cheshunt Hall
Address: 454 King Valley Road, Cheshunt
Time: 6.00pm
Entry: $25 Adult, $20 Concession, U15 Free

Tickets:  Pre-purchase at Cheshunt Store or online through Trybooking. Tickets at the door available.

The Cheshunt Hall has been a community gathering place since 1895. Regular Friday night dances had people from all around the district hitching up the transport to head on down. No liquor was allowed at the hall, so it is rumoured that some punters would sneak outside the 100 yard exclusion zone to open a brown glass bottle of the favorite home brew beer. With a new kitchen installed and the old floor boards lovingly polished up, the Cheshunt Hall is still a great place for community gatherings. An annual Flower Show in late October each year brings a delightful display of Spring colour and beauty to the hall. The local primary school take to the stage each December to present a theatrical extravaganza, with live band, dramatic costumes and dewy eyed proud audiences. Recent years have seen a resurgence in live bands being presented at the Hall. Visitors and locals alike are loving these events! The Cheshunt Hall is a great venue for gathering and connecting, and will continue to serve the community as a welcoming space for many years to come.

Visit the Cheshunt Hall page.

City Band Hall Open Day

EVENT DATE: Saturday 11 November 2017

The City Band Hall Open Day will provide the community with information on proposed hall upgrades,and access and support with voting for Fund My Neighbourhood. There will be free tea/coffee, and an open rehearsal at 4:00 p.m.

Date: Saturday 11 November 2017
Venue: City Band Hall
Address: Cnr Pick Ave. & Lake Tce, Mount Gambier
Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Entry: Free

The City Band Hall has been home to the Mount Gambier City Band for 52 years. In recent years it has expanded its role to provide rehearsal space and equipment for as many as 7 community music groups. These include The Limestone Coast Symphony Orchestra, A Community Concert Band, a brass training band, a junior show band and others. After 52 years of continuous usage with no major upgrades the hall is “feeling its age”. The band’s committee of management has drawn up proposals for an upgrade to improve the quality of the resource and to make it better suited to its role as a base for community music making by a number of ensembles. Sources of funding are being actively pursued.

Visit the City Band Hall page.

Poetry@Chrissy Hills

EVENT DATE: Thursday 23 November 2017

Poetry@Chrissy Hills is a bi-monthly poetry event where local and non local poets share their poems in a friendly, non-threatening environment. There is a featured reader and open mic. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, though we value the role creativity plays in our lives. It’s a night of ideas, poetry and fun. Sometimes we have music provided by local musicians. This is the last poetry event for 2017.

Date: Thursday 23 November 2017
Venue: Christmas Hills Mechanics’ Institute Hall
Address: 787 Ridge Road, Christmas Hills
Time: 7.30 – 9.30pm
Entry: $5

The Christmas Hills Mechanics’ Institute Hall first built in the 1877. In 1984 the hall was redeveloped by the local community, students from Box Hill TAFE and the Shire of Healesville. In 2013, with money from the bushfire appeal after the devastating Black Saturday Bushfires, a further redevelopment was project managed by the Hall Committee. The hall is in a pleasant rural setting and is often used as a wedding venue. It is a focus for local events and is also home to the Christmas Hills Orchestral Players (CHOPS) where they rehearse and perform concerts. The Christmas Hills Mechanics’ Institute Hall is the cultural capital of the universe!

Visit the Christmas Hills Mechanics’ Institute Hall page.


EVENT DATE: Wednesday 1 November – Thursday 30 November, 2017

To honour the event “Home is where the Hall is ” the Cowell Art Group are hosting an Exhibition in the Institute.  Bright colours, the outback and the sea, collages and still life are all used as inspirations for this exhibition of 150 paintings.   The nine (9) members have paintings displayed in the Foyer, Information Centre as well as the upstairs Art Room.  Members also have a display for sale in the Hall’s public toilets.  This has proved popular with visitors to the town and the Art Group have named it “Crap Art.”    The Franklin Harbour Hotel also display our paintings which are all for sale.  The members meet every Monday from 10 am and are happy to welcome visitors to watch artists at work  . The Exhibition will be open from 10 am to 3.30 pm each day of the week.

Date: November 1-30
Venue: Franklin Harbour Institute
Address: Main Street, Cowell
Time: 10:00am – 3:30pm daily
Cost: Free


Franklin Harbour Institute was initially built in 1892,  it’s grand manner befitting the size and wealth of Cowell at the time. featuring a welcoming foyer with a staircase to the room overlooking the Main Street.The main Hall itself has a magnificent intricate high ceiling beautifully painted in heritage colours, a large raised stage at the rear. The original supper room under the stage in high tides  was prone to floodings. In 1962 a new supper room kitchen and toilet block was erected.Over the Years, Weddings, Balls ,Fetes, Concerts, School Assemblies, funerals and meetings have been held in the Hall. Currently it houses the Information Centre, Art & Craft Shop with the Art Group occupying the light spacious room upstairs.  The Institute is now open every day with the opportunity for visitors to view the Hall ,information and local Art & Crafts.   The Institute is a beacon in the Town where many happy memories have been created within it’s walls, the hub of the Community being “Home is where the Hall is .”