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High Country Festival & Spring Arts is Wild at Heart

High Country Festival & Spring Arts 2012

The High Country Festival was established in 1983, based on the spirit of mountain cattlemen and manifested in the horse race inspired by the 1982 movie 'The Man from Snowy River'.

Many families of these high country pioneers remain an intrinsic part of our community and provide a direct link to our early Australian heritage.

These days the Festival comprises a diverse variety of events ranging from art exhibitions, to unique and quirky community events. This year's theme 'Wild at Heart' evokes the spirit of our natural landscape and will inspire the Festival’s many events, providing an opportunity to showcase the creativity of the Mansfield district community and encourage the participation of our friends and visitors.

Art, music, theatre, food and wine along with picnics and garden activities are integral to the everyday life in the Mansfield district. The High Country Festival & Spring Arts brings it all together in a jam-packed exciting 12 days during October – November.

See the Program for the events listed in Calendar form

High Country Festival & Spring Arts 2012 events



Live music & supper at the Produce Store: Friday 26 Oct 8.00pm. With soul & blues band 'Fat Max' featuring Jo Jo Smith, Alastair Pirie and Derek Beautyman. Dinner bookings essential 5779 1404.

Live Music: Friday 26 Oct 8.30pm until late. Relax and enjoy a free live music concert under the median strip marquee in High Street.

Live music at The Produce Store: Friday 2 Nov 6.00pm. Dinner from 6.00pm music from 8.00pm. Dinner bookings essential 5779 1404.

Cappella Singers in Concert: Sunday 4 Nov 3.00pm. Enjoy the harmonious sounds and delight all your senses with music and Floral Art at St John's Church. Highett St.

An Afternoon with Blake at Kinloch Wines: Monday 5 Nov 11.45am-4.00pm. Be entertained by Australian Tenor Blake Fischer. Cost $70 per head inclusive of 3-course lunch and entertainment. 221 Wairere Rd, Boorolite. Bookings essential 5777 3447.


Spring Arts Walk Opening Night: Friday 26 Oct 5.30pm-8.30pm. Enjoy drinks, finger food and the MAD Orchestra performance.
6.00pm: Spring Arts Welcome: Announcement of Spring Arts prize winners. 6.30pm: Spring Arts Walk Guided Tours: Set out from the Hotel Delatite. 8.00pm: ‘Out There’ Youth Graffiti Art Unveiling: 3 Chenery Street.

Mansfield Farmers' Market featuring the "Gorgeous Gumboots" exhibition: Saturday 27 Oct 8.30am - 2.00pm. High Street median strip. For more details contact allison@walkerevents.com.au or www.mansfieldfarmersmarket.com.au

Mt Buller Art Exhibition: Weekdays 8.30am - 5.00pm. Weekends 10.00am-4.00pm. Featuring paintings and tapestries. Free entry. Alpine Central Reception & Interpretive Centre, Mt Buller.

Mansfield Garden Club presents Student Arts in the Garden: Saturday 27 Oct & Sunday 28 Oct, 10.00am - 4.00pm Free childrens craft activities throughout the day. Face painting by Michelle Scott, Sat 11.00am - 2.00pm; Sun 12 noon - 3.00pm. Free Entry.
50 Mt Battery Road, Mansfield. Park next door in the showgrounds.

Eisner’s Walk Wall Sculpture Unveiling: Saturday 27 Oct 11.00am. Meet the popular local designer and maker of this fabulous addition to the Mansfield streetscape in Eisner’s Lane off High Street.

Historic Photographic Exhibition and floor talk: Saturday 27 Oct 5.00pm. Dr. Will Twycross will speak about his family’s history as seen through the medium of photography at Café Forty One.

Animalia metal sculpture exhibition by Dave Dando: Saturday & Sunday and Tuesday 6 Nov 10.00am - 5.00pm. High Country Maze, 678 Piries-Goughs Bay Rd, Goughs Bay. Entry Adult $10 & $5 child.

Slap & Tickle: visual arts and sculpture exhibition by Jennifer Gibney & Karen Pirie. Exhibition viewable before each performance of ‘Cabaret’. Mansfield Performing Arts Centre. *Refer to performance times on the far right of these pages.

Spring Arts Exhibitions in cafe venues. These exciting exhibitions will remain open in various venues until Sunday 11 November. *Refer to exhibition locations at the end of this booklet

artVision Glass Art exhibition: Glass in a Fragile World. Marvel at stunning contemporary glass art from Mansfield and around Australia. Stolz Furnishers, 15 Highett Street.

‘Close to Home’ exhibition opening: Sunday 28 Oct 2.00pm. Jeannie McDongah's art and Jim McDonagh's photography. Bonnie Bar, Bonnie Doon.

artVision 2012 Opening: Tuesday 30 Oct 12.30pm. Peter Kolliner OAM will formally open artVision 2012 & announce the winner of the inaugural Kirra Galleries Emerging Artist Award. Stolz Furnishers, 15 Highett St.

Mansfield Hospital Auxiliary Art Show opening: Friday 2 Nov 6.00pm - 8.00pm. Tickets $25 (available at door or Wallaby Ritz). Art Show continues: Saturday 3 Nov 9.00am - 4.00pm;
Sunday 4 Nov 10.00am - 4.00pm; Monday 5 Nov 10.00am - 2.00pm. Masonic Hall, Highett St. Entry fee $2.00. Children free.

Median to Rare Sculpture exhibition: Saturday 3 Nov 9.00am - 4.00pm. Come vote for your favourite sculptures. Median strip opposite the Post Office in High Street.

Artist Open Studio Wendy Jagger: Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 Nov 10.30am-4.00pm. Enjoy discussing the work of an internationally recognised potter and painter at Studio Kanderfield, 36 Dundas Court (off Ogilvies Road).

Artist Open Studio Pamela Moore: Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 Nov 10.30am - 4.00pm. Chat with a renowned local visual artist in her own creative space at Killara Studio, Glen Creek Rd, Bonnie Doon.

Gabriel Bergmoser - Book Launch: Monday 5 Nov 5.00pm - 7.00pm. The first book by this young Mansfield writer will be launched at the Produce Store.

Spring Arts Exhibitions

For more info: www.artsmansfield.com.au

Bonnie Bar - Bon Crescent, Bonnie Doon

Café Forty One - 39-41 High Street Café

Connect - 62 High Street

Delatite Cellar Door - 26 High Street

Hotel Delatite - 95 High Street

Eisner’s Lane - between 77 and 69 High Street Mansfield Hotel - 86 High Street

Mansfield Providore - 23 Highett Street

Old Fire Station - 28 Highett Street

Out There Alley - 3 Chenery Street

The Produce Store - 68 High Street Stolz Furnishers - 15 Highett Street

Tea Emporium - 48 High Street

The Deck on High - 13-15 High Street

Witches Brew - 28 High Street.

Picnics, Parades & Markets

Mansfield Farmers' Market: Saturday 27 Oct 8.30am-2.00pm. Held in High Street for this month only. Open Day and Fair at Mansfield Rudolf Steiner School & Kindergarten: Saturday 27 Oct
9.00am-3.00pm. Stalls, delicious, wholesome food and musical entertainment. 91 Highett St, Mansfield. For more details contact allison@walkerevents.com.au or www.mansfieldfarmersmarket.com.au

Ocktoberfest: Sunday 28 Oct 11.00am-5.00pm. Join us for a leisurely day of listening to live Austrian music, while enjoying a Bratwurst or a Schnitzel, along with a German Beer or Soft Drink. No bookings are required. Magnolia Restaurant, Mt Buller Rd, Mansfield.

Breakfast on the Lawn: Friday 2 Nov 7.00am-9.00am. Served hot and delicious by Mansfield Autism Statewide Services. Adjacent to the Post Office in High Street. Adults $8 Children $4.

CFA/Emergency Services Torchlight Procession: Friday 2 Nov Dusk. Starts at the CFA in Mansfield and then works its way along High St to Mansfield’s Botanic Park.

Welcome to Country: Friday 2 Nov Indigenous Smoking Ceremony and indigenous dancers.

Magnificent Fireworks Show: After dark. Mansfield Botanic Gardens.

Mansfield Bush Market: Saturday 3 Nov 9.00am-2.00pm. All set in leafy Highett Street.

Best Devonshire Tea: Saturday 3 Nov 9.00am-2.00pm. Enjoy two delicious, freshly-baked scones with jam & cream and a cup of tea or coffee for $6. St John's Church Hall, cnr Highett & Victoria Streets.

Apex Medical Medley: Saturday 3 Nov 10.30am prior to Grand Parade in High Street.

Rotary Grand Parade: Saturday 3 Nov 11.00am. Truly 'Wild on Wheels' this year. Favourites like bagpipes, clowns, horses and an amazing display of ingeniously designed floats will add to the carnival atmosphere of a town transformed and in Festival mode. This is a true community event with over 300 people participating. See Mansfield dress up, show off and parade along High Street. You may even become part of a Bushranger hold-up. Get a good spot to see all the action.

Mansfield Fun Run: Sunday 4 Nov Register 8.30am at Visitor Information Centre. Fun Run (or walk) starts from 9.30. Entry $5. Refer www.highcountryfestival.com.au for categories and more information.

Bonnie Doon Country Market & Car Boot Sale: Sunday 4 Nov 9.00am. Stalls, bric-a-brac, treasure, live music and food. Bonnie Doon Community Centre grounds, Arnot Street, Bonnie Doon.

A Country Affair Bush market: Sunday 4 Nov 8.00am-3.00pm. Trash & Treasure. Show & Shine, Sausage Sizzle. Family fun and entertainment Maindample Park, Maindample Free entry.

Bonnie Doon Football & Netball Club's Monster Auction: Sunday 4 Nov 10.00am. Maindample Fire Brigade Major Raffle draw: 12.00 noon. Tea,coffee & BBQ available. Maindample Fire Shed, Maindample.

Maindample Brigade Bonfire: Monday 5 Nov 7:00pm. Monday evening when we light the bonfire just near the Maindample Fire Shed. It's Guy Fawkes night! BYO everything! Maindample Fire Shed, Maindample.

Mansfield Picnic Cup race meeting: Tuesday 6 Nov 10.30am - 7.00pm: The definitive feature of the Mansfield Picnic Races, is the ‘best of both worlds’ ideal.
While relaxed, less crowded and more affordable than Flemmington, each race of the meeting is hotly contested and provides all the thrills with bookmakers and the TAB servicing the ‘flutterers’. Set in a course defined by 70 year old elms and lush green lawns, local designers and fashionistas battle it out in the lucrative fashions on the field event, while the foodies take advantage of the delicious marquee dining or VIP area for an unmissable feast. Mansfield Picnic Cup race meeting, featuring Fashions on the Field, marquees, bar & gourmet food, TAB and children’s activities.
A fun family day in spectacular style.
Avoid the queue into the racecourse and fast-track your access into the event by pre-purchasing an entry ticket from Mansfield Tattslotto.BYO food, soft drinks etc (picnic) allowed. No BYO Alcohol.Marquees, packages and catering contact Crawfords Catering 57751369. Entry: $20.00 Adult; $15.00 Concession; Children under 16 free.
Mansfield District Racecourse, Midland Hwy, Mansfield.


Caravan Burlesque supper theatre: Monday 29 Oct 8.00pm: Critically acclaimed cabaret of witty, whip-cracking women, African drums and sultry songs. Melliodora Hall, Steiner School. Tickets $55 includes supper. Book at Wallaby Ritz or online www.artsmansfield.com.au

Cabaret. Presented by Mansfield Music & Dramatic Society. Cabaret tells the story of a singer in a burlesque club, contrasting with the lives of ordinary people 1930’s. Defiant and melancholy, brazen and gleeful, Cabaret sizzles and provokes. Mansfield Performing Arts Centre, View Street, Mansfield.
Tickets $20/$15 at Wallaby Ritz or online www.mmuds.org.au

Opening Night Saturday 27th Oct 8pm
Sunday 28th Oct 2pm matinee
Sunday 28th Oct 8pm
Tuesday 30th Oct 8pm
Wednesday 31st Oct 8pm
Thursday 1st Nov 8pm
Final show Saturday 3rd Nov 8pm

Workshops & Activities

Mansfield Rudolf Steiner School Open Day and Fair: Saturday 27 Oct 9.00am-3.00pm. Learn what we do at the school in a variety of ‘workshops’ led by teaching staff. Free.

Drop–In Art Science Lab: Saturday 27 Oct 10.00am-1.00pm. Quiz the scientists, check out their Scale Free Network and test their microscopes on the median strip in High Street. Free.

Drumming Workshop and Jam: Saturday 27 Oct 10.00am-1.00pm: Get some tips then try your hand at drumming on different drums. High Street.

Life Drawing Workshop with Pamela Moore: Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 Oct 10.00am-4.00pm. Work with a renowned local artist at Killara Studio, Glen Creek Road, Bonnie Doon.
Bookings essential 5778 7336.

Pottery Workshop with Wendy Jagger: Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 Oct 10.00am-4.00pm. Throw pots with an internationally recognised potter. Studio Kanderfield, 36 Dundas Court (off Ogilvies Road). Bookings essential 0418 392 805.

Circus Workshop: Saturday 27 Oct 2.00pm. Learn some basic and fun circus tricks from professional circus art performers. Free to participate. High Street median strip.

Cabaret, Theatre, Song & The Art of Provocation: Sunday 28 Oct 5.00pm. Moira Finucane, winner of 8 Green Room Awards will talk about this extraordinary artform. The Produce Store. $20 includes champagne on arrival and nibblies, drinks at bar prices. Bookings 5779 1404.

Phruntsyde Skate Jam Comp: Saturday 3 Nov 12.30pm-3.30pm. Mansfield Skate Park. For more information contact Jodie on the FReeZA youth event team 0428 494 715 or email jodie.bell@mansfield.vic.gov.au

Fly Fishing Open Day: Sunday 4 Nov 10.00am-4.00pm. An introduction to the sport/recreation of fly fishing. No on-stream fishing as part of this session. BBQ lunch available. Children accompanied by a parent are welcome. Sheepyard Flat Camp Area. For more information contact Mansfield & District Fly Fishers madffc@gmail.com or phone 5777 5731.


Mansfield Garden Club presents: Bentley Cottage Garden: Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 Oct 1.00pm-4.00pm. Loch Street, Mansfield. Gold coin donation.

Glorious Floral Festival: Saturday 3 Nov 9.00am-5.00pm & Sunday 4 Nov 10.30am - 5.00pm. Dozens of beautiful flower arrangements created by local people. Gold coin donation. St John's Church, cnr Highett & Victoria Streets.

Mansfield Garden Club presents: Open Gardens Day: Sunday 4 Nov 10.00am-4.00pm.
A showcase of four exceptional Mansfield garden locations: • 2 Highton Lane, Mansfield;
• 9 Galway Court, Mansfield; • 577 Old Tolmie Road, Barwite (refreshments at this garden $5); • Howes Creek Road, Mansfield (look out for flags & signage).
Tickets available at all gardens on the day. $10 for four gardens, $5 for one garden visit.

Wetlands Discovery guided walking tour: Monday 5 Nov 10.00am (approx. 45mins).
A great opportunity to experience a local perspective of the Mullum Wetlands native flora and fauna and the history of the rail station. Meet at Mansfield Visitor Information Centre. Free event.

High Country Maze: Weekends & Tuesday 6 Nov 10.00am-5.00pm. 678 Piries Goughs Bay Road, Goughs Bay. Phone 5777 3190. Entry $10 adults, $5 children.



Mansfield Shire Council | Arts Council of Mansfield | Mansfield Rotary Club | Mansfield Produce Store |
Martins Garage
| Hotel Delatite | Marks IGA | Mansfield Courier | Crawford's Catering

High Country Festival sponsors 2012

High Country Reservations For all accommodation enquiries and bookings. Phone 1800 039 049