Tiny Towns Arts Crafts and Artisans Trail

Tiny Towns region of Central Victoria is home to many talented artists, artisans and craftspeople. This inaugural Arts, Crafts and Artisans Trail over the ANZAC weekend, Saturday 23 April and Sunday 24 April is an opportunity to enjoy and purchase their work on display in small galleries, historic public buildings, restaurants and wineries.

You can start the trail at any point, with Dunolly as your central town. The Dunolly Historic Precinct Court House is hosting works from two artists, Mal Gilmour and Joe Jakitsch along with a display from Blind Dog Pottery and locally made quilts. There will  be trail guides available from the court house. From Ballarat, you may meander from Possum Gully Fine Arts gallery, south of Maryborough, to Dunolly where there are several exhibitions and specialist shops plus a terrific bakery and restaurant. Then head further north to Bealiba and Inglewood.

Or, from Castlemaine, Maldon and Bendigo you may stop at the edgy Septembre Vintage gallery in Eddington before heading The to Dunolly. An alternative route from Bendigo will take you first to Inglewood, then Kingower (allowing time to visit Melville Caves in Kooyoora State park), before heading to Tarnagulla and Dunolly.

All the exhibitions and shops are open from 10am to 4pm both days.Vintage Painting

For further information about the Trail please contact: John Moir 0439 029 989, Marion Da Costa 0438 168 634 or Fiona Lindsay 0428 322 208.

Imagination Stations

As part of the 2015 Great Victorian Bike Ride which is visiting Dunolly on 30 November, the primary school and the Dunolly Art Group have developed many wild and wonderful creations.  Called Imagination Stations, the artworks have been created from recycled material and bicycles and will be revealed in mid November in the Dunolly Historic Precinct and in December will form part of an exhibition at the Maryborough Art Gallery.

Missed the Gilbert and Sullivan Festival?…

The Savoy Opera Company will perform the Yeoman of the Guard on Saturday 7 November at 2.30pm in the Dunolly Historic precinct Town Hall. Tickets are $25 per person with school children free, and can be pre-booked at scottishstee@hotmail.com. Tickets are also available from the door from 1.20pm for the start at 2.30pm.

Open Day 17 October 2015…

Everyone is invited to the Dunolly Historic precinct open day on 17 October from 11am to 3pm. Experience what it was like to be held in the police cells, admire the stables and imagine the horses which were kept there. For those who have lived in the area for some time the restored 1950s police station may bring back memories. so come along and appreciate the wonderful buildings. 

There will also be a small display of quilts made by community members.

October’s Gilbert and Sullivan Festival

A weekend of musical delight’s will be presented in the superb buildings of the Historic Precinct on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October 2015. 

Saturday 10 October

The Festival will be launched at 10.30am in the Court House  by Queen Victoria. This will be followed at 11am by Sullivan’s Singers, a symposium about the composer of these delightful operettas. The Symposium will be led by Jamie Moffat. $10 includes morning tea.

At 2pm in the Town Hall local performers will present The Gondoliers. The audience is invited to sing along and misbehave in true vaudeville fashion. Tickets $25 Children under 12 free.

Again in the Town Hall at 8pm, Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Victoria will present Patience. Tickets $25.

Sunday 11 October

As well as the local market commencing at 8am there will be a Town Picnic starting at 10am in the Gordon Gardens. There will be a cordial competition along with music and rides.

2pm A repeat performance of The Gondoliers in the Town Hall. Tickets $25 Children under 12 free.

Tickets are available from Margaret on 0419 508 787 or mrgtparsons@gmail.com or Rural Transaction Centre Dunolly 5468 1205 from September.