mspafWhat: The Main Street Mornington Festival is turning 21 this year!


This family friendly Festival celebrates some of the best of the peninsula’s food, wine, and performing arts. There will be a diverse range of stallholders and performers, creative and fun activities and entertainment occurring throughout the day.

When:  Sunday 16 October from 11am to 5pm.  Entry is FREE

Performers will be located all throughout the Festival, and there will be a mixture of up and coming artists with well-seasoned performers.  A large variety of music styles will be performed, including pop, jazz, blues, folk, country, and indie.   Audiences will see a lot of great local talent, cover bands, singer songwriters, school bands and more.


img_2525Keep an eye out for the Shire’s pop-up drawing and painting tent & roadway chalk drawing.

For more information visit the Festival website or on Facebook at



Teal & White logoMPRG_BOXlogo_20cm.FAWhat: Salon des Refusés.  A National Trust NSW, S.H. Ervin Gallery travelling exhibition.  The official alternative selection to the Archibald and Wynne Prizes 2016.


The irreverent and playful rabble-rouser of the Archibald, the Salon des Refusés showcases ’the ones that got away’. The prized selection of the humorous, innovative, mad, bad and dangerous entries includes portraits of arts and entertainment personalities such as Osher Gunsberg, David Walsh AO, Jean Kittson, Paul Capsis, Katie Noonan, Maria Venuti and indigenous film maker Warwick Thornton.  A portrait of politician Penny Wong is among the 40 works selected from the Archibald Prize and 24 works from the Wynne Prize entries that will be shown exclusively at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.

The Salon des Refusés follows the tradition made famous by Napoleon lll in Paris in 1863, when he insisted that the huge number of works which had been rejected by the Academy for that year’sSalon be displayed for the public to view and judge.  The very first Salon des Refusés included works by Edouard Manet and Camille Pissarro.

In Australia, the Salon des Refusés exhibition was initiated by the S.H. Ervin Galley 25 years ago.   Each year the Salon panel goes behind the scenes of the judging process, to select an exhibition from the many works not chosen as finalists for the official exhibition.  The criteria for works selected are quality, diversity, humour and experimentation.

When: 24 September – 20 November 2016

Entry fees: Adults $7 MPRG and other Victorian public gallery members, National Trust Members and concession $4 (children under 5 free)
Free entry for seniors during Seniors Festival on Tuesday 4, 11, 18 and 25 October

Salon Searoad Ferries package: $130 Includes return travel between Queenscliff and Sorrento and entry to the Salon des Refusés for up to 4 people. Ferries depart every hour on the hour, from 7am–6pm. Up to $78 in savings!


For further information visit: 


PWC 2What: The Peninsula Writers’ Club will present award-winning author of books for young people George Ivanoff.

George is a Melbourne author who has written more than 100 books for kids and teens, including school readers, non-fiction books, chapter books and novels.  He is best known for the You Choose series, the RFDS Adventures and the Gamers trilogy.


As a child, George loved reading interactive books, where he got to make decisions about the direction of the story. He has had more fun plotting and writing the You Choose books than pretty much anything else.  And writing the RFDS Adventures has opened his eyes to the amazing work done by the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

George is thrilled that You Choose: The Treasure of Dead Man’s Cove won the 2015 YABBA for Fiction for Younger Readers, and that You Choose: Alien Invaders From Beyond the Stars has been nominated this year. George drinks too much coffee, eats too much chocolate and watches too much Doctor Who.

We are thrilled that George can join us to share his writing journey, and we promise to keep his coffee cup full after his dinner talk at Cakes and Ale.

You can check out his website at and then you can come along and check him out in the real, live writing flesh!  George will also be meeting local school children to talk books and writing.

When: Tuesday 4 October, 2016 from 6:30pm to Cakes and Ale in Sorrento



the-studio-logoWhat: Join Julie Niekamp at the Studio and indulge in a little self-expression.  Art class at the Studio is now offering ongoing tuition. The classes consist of three six week blocks of drawing, painting and sculpture, including ink wash, mixed media and colour pastel, acrylic paint, gauche and oils.  Life drawing can be offered in the evenings depending on numbers. Sculpture classes will follow mid to late November.   Students will be encouraged to continue after the initial tuition making their own art in a working studio environment.


When:  Mondays & Saturdays from 9am to 12pm.

Commencement Dates: Mondays Aug 22 to 26 Sep Saturdays Aug 27 to 1 Oct

Cost: $35 (non refundable) per class, all materials provided some materials costs will apply to the sculpture classes.

For more information contact: Julie 0411 149 730 200 Marine Parade Hastings 3915


ran-band-headerWhat: The Royal Australian Navy Band Melbourne will be joined by The Casey Concert Band in this unique and exciting concert.  ‘A Joint Musical Extravaganza’ is proudly supported by the City of Casey.

All profits to the Dogs for Diggers Charity


When: Sunday 18 September, from 2pm to 4.15pm

Where: St Margaret’s School, Rosanove Auditorium, St Margaret’s Place, Berwick

Tickets: Adults – $20, Concession and Full-time Students – $10, under 12 free (but require a ticket)


For further information contact: Greg Marks on 0421 611 930


southern-sounds-1What: If you love to sing, we’ve got a place for you!

Southern Sounds Chorus is looking for ladies to join for New Member Month in October. They are the only 4-part harmony barbershop women’s singing group in the southern/bayside suburbs.


When: Tuesday 4 October and every Tuesday evening 7-9pm over the month of October.

Where: St. Judes Parish School Hall, 30 Warrandyte Rd, Langwarrin

* All lessons are FREE

* Learn new songs in our unique 4-part harmony ‘barbershop’ style

* Make new friends

* No previous experience or ability to read music necessary

* Coaching provided

Contact: Marg M: 0429 591 927 or Justine M: 0425 877 422



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What: TINALLY SPRING QUARTET CONCERT – beautiful classical music by Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Webern.

The Tinalley String Quartet has established itself as one of the finest string quartets of its generation and remains one of Australia’s most awarded classical music exports. It has performed throughout Europe, America, Canada and Australia to critical acclaim.

Where: Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilsons Road, Mornington (Melways 145 E2).

When:  Saturday 1 October, 7:30pm.

Entry: Adults $45, Seniors/Concession $40, Student under 25 years $18.  Tickets available at venue pre-concert, by phoning     03 9787 8392 or online at

Enquiries:  Tim Acton – 0418 310 727


sorrento-art-showWhat: 33rd annual Sorrento Art Show sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sorrento offering new, emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work at this prestigious exhibition which is greatly anticipated by locals and visitors alike.

Where: Sorrento Community Centre, McFarlan Reserve, off Melbourne Road, Sorrento

When:  Champagne and Nibbles Opening Night,  Saturday  7 January from  5pm  $25 p/p, exhibiting artists FREE.

Exhibition runs:  8-14 January, open daily from 10am – 4 pm

Entry: $5.00, children FREE

Artist Registration deadline: 8th October  2016


Enquiries:  George Segan – 5984 0885



What: Improvisation fosters spontaneity collaboration and playfulness.  Join actor Carole Patullo to explore the art of theatrical improvisation.  For those interested in flexing their creative muscles in a safe space!

Where: Red Hill Mechanics, Mechanics Road,  Red Hill


Cost: $40, $35 Concession



dreamhouse-logo-finalWhat:  Dreamhouse Theatre Company is presenting a  one day fun event for teens to experience, multiple stagecraft workshops.

When: 28 September from 9.30 – 5pm

Cost: $40 & $35 Concession

Where: Southern Peninsula Art Centre, Corner Boneo & Eastbourne Roads, Rosebud

For bookings contact:





What: Art exhibition and auction of original artwork, including signature totem poles created by renowned local artists. Creative workshops, children’s activities, gourmet food and wine, market stalls and live music.somers-fair-16

Where: Somers Primary School, 87 Camp Hill Rd, Somers, Victoria

When: Sunday 23 October 2016 10:00am – 5:00pm

Entry: Gold Coin Donation




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Current Artist in Residence, Katie Roberts is at historic Police Point, Point Nepean on the Mornington Peninsula.

You are invited to an afternoon exploring a range of intense effects and approaches in ink.  The workshop includes an artist talk and demonstration over a relaxed picnic lunch.  Be the first to see Katies latest artwork as she reveals the work produced at Quarantine Station.

The workshop will cover Brush and Ink, Ink Wash, Organic Effects and Abstraction & Nib Pen & Ink.

Katie holds a Masters of Fine Art and teaches in an engaging, fun and informative way.

Katie Roberts






When: Sunday 11 September

1-2pm Artists Talk Introduction and Demonstration

2-5pm Exploration in Ink Master Class Workshop

Where: Gatekeepers Cottage, Police Point Shire Park, Portsea

Limited places, bookings essential: Phone Katie directly on 0435 481 202 or Email

Cost: $150, Concession $120

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MPS Mono Logo BlackWhat:  The Delys Sargeant Age-Friendly Awards recognise a local person, business, corporation or service that contributes to building a stronger local community for seniors who live, work or play on the Mornington Peninsula.

Re-printed from Peninsula Wide link: Awards


Visit the Shire’s Website to Review the Nomination Form : 



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Artist’s permanent sculpture competition

WIN $1500 first prize, $500 second prize. Create a traditional scarecrow or Aussie icon art installation in wood, metal, fibreglass, wire, stone – must be suitable for outdoors.

Entry Fee: $25 Register online by 5 September.

If you live outside the hinterland, we will find you a host location. You can also sell your scarecrow online and our Google maps scarecrow trail map location will link directly to you to negotiate the sale.

Be part of the fun!

Witch running into tree Build a scarecrow Be part of the fun and build a scarecrow for the Mornington Peninsula Hinterland Sca
recrow Festival and Trail which is on from 16 September to 3 October. Make a traditional or Aussie icon themed scarecrow. There’s great prizes to be won. Register online NOW and check out the website for details at


School holiday funIMG_7911 For a free day out with the kids during the school holidays why not drive around the peninsula hills and admire the many scarecrows that have popped up for the Mornington Peninsula Hinterland Scarecrow Festival and Trail.  The trail map is available online at the festival runs from 16 September to 3 October.

IMG_2068Festival Day Coming up on Saturday 1 October is the free Mornington Peninsula Hinterland Scarecrow Festival Day at the Red Hill Recreation Reserve from 9am to 3pm. There will be lots of lively country music, scarecrows and your kids can enjoy the free art activities, enter the Live Scarecrow Competition and win some great prizes. Details at