Wauchope’s 28th Annual Lasiandra Festival

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Two fantastic events will kick start Wauchope’s 28th Annual Lasiandra Festival – The Lasiandra Swing Dance and the Lasiandra Cabaret Evening. Chrissy Jones tells us more …

The first event of the 2012 Festival calendar will be hosted by the Wauchope Rotary Club. Proudly sponsored by Meltique Beef, Oi Marketing, Grinspoon, Wonderlick Entertainment and Greater Port Macquarie FOCUS, the very popular Lasiandra Swing Supper Dance is back by popular demand and will be held on Saturday 18 February in the Wauchope Showground Hall.

Dance goers will be entertained by 17 piece ‘The Black Magic Big Band’. Doors open at 6.30pm and there’s music from 8pm, playing well into the night, with Swing dancers coming from as far afield as Coffs Harbour. BYO nibbles and drinks/glasses is the format for the night, and a light supper will be provided by Wauchope Rotary. Prizes can be won for best dressed and lucky spots through out the evening.

Funds raised on the night will be donated to the Wauchope District Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Unit. Bookings are essential, with tickets available to pre-purchase at     $25 per person by phoning Marie on 0409 156 333 or 6585 1535. Powered sites for this event are available at the Wauchope Showground, or book into one of Wauchope’s two motels or hotels.

The Lasiandra Cabaret Matinee will continue on from its successes in 2011, with an afternoon of brilliant entertainment assured in the spacious Wauchope RSL Club Auditorium on Sunday 4March at 2pm.

Wauchope Youth Theatre Director, Greta Warner, said rehearsals are well underway for the second Youth Theatre Cabaret and Variety Show. Last year the Arts Hall was filled to capacity; hence the move to the bigger venue. Seating will be at tables, and the management of the RSL assures us full club facilities will be available to those attending. Prices will remain affordable; $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10 – tickets available for pre-purchase at the RSL office.

Pianist/Music Arranger, Rosanna Vanderley, says the show will be larger, with cast all drawn from the Hastings area. There will be some familiar faces, new cast members, terrific routines and a few surprises.  Brianna Rankin will once again be choreographer and the Cabaret dancers, a popular feature of last year’s show, will feature some stylish routines. Any enquiries can be left for Greta at The Framer (a valued sponsor) in Port Macquarie by phoning 6584 0184. See you at the show!

Members of the Youth Theatre will be involved with a variety of events over the entire festival, including appearances at various times over the weekend of the Country Fair, in the CBD of Wauchope on Purple People Shopping Day and at the new event on the festival calendar – The Saint Patrick’s Day Purple Picnic, to be held in Lasiandra Park, Cameron Street, Wauchope on Saturday 17 March at 5pm. A sausage sizzle will be in operation, as well as games and dancing. An enjoyable afternoon for all the family; all are welcome to come along and join in the fun. Pete the Purple Pirate is a new Lasiandra Festival member and could turn up anywhere during the festival. Be sure to be on the lookout for Pete and his crew!

The ‘Lasiandra Country Fair’ will be held once again at Wauchope Indoor Sports Stadium, Cameron Street, on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March. A refurbished stadium will be home to a variety of exhibits showcasing a wide variety of farming, building and lifestyle industries.

Local art and craft will also be on hand, with lots of value added products available to sample and take home. Entertainment will be provided over the entire weekend from the Wauchope Youth Theatre and local musicians, including local duo ‘Cowboy and the Song Bird’. Wizzy the Water Drop will be in attendance, co-ordinating some fun frisbee throwing. A children’s art table will keep the littlies happy.

Experts in their fields from near and far will showcase a wide cross section of industry, products and services. You can pat an alpaca, sample yummy foods, look at the Dexter cattle exhibit, purchase herbs, native foods and plants and organic seeds. Informative  solar and wind power displays, energy saving products, water tanks, farm produce, outdoor furniture, tools and hardware, plus many information stands, including the local Council Water Wise and Noxious Weeds teams, assure that there will be something of interest for everyone.

Along with displays from the Timbertown Steam Oil & Engine Club, Vintage Car Clubs and kids’ amusements, the Country Fair promises to be a wonderful event for all the family. Come along and enjoy a relaxing and fulfilling day out. The Country Fair is a true community event, organised by the Lasiandra Committee, with involvement from the Beechwood Rural Fire Brigade, Wauchope Apex and Wauchope Rotary, Can Assist, Landcare, Cancer Council, Wauchope Physical Culture Club, Wauchope Youth Theatre and WINC. Any other community group that would like to be involved is more than welcome to contact the organisers.

Gates open 8.30am – 4.30pm both days: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March. Entry is $3 per adult; under 12 years admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Hope to see you there!

Thursday 15 will see the Wauchope CBD a hive of activity, with the ever popular Purple People Shopping and Market Day in full swing. Organised by the Wauchope Lasiandra Festival Committee, sidewalk specials from participating businesses, as well as art and craft market stalls, will be in operation from 8am.  Prizes are awarded for best dressed shopper, best staff costume and best window front and premises displays. Some magnificent costumes and shop decorations have been presented over the years, which are truly worth marking in the diary as a must see for March.

All are invited to come on over to Wauchope on Thursday 15 March – wear your purple best and bag a bargain!

If you require further information or would like to book a site at either the Country Fair or Purple People Shopping and Market Day, feel free to contact Festival Secretary Chrissy on mobile: 0412 137 621. You can visit www.lasiandrafestival.com.au for a full list of festival events and see some fantastic photos from last year’s festival events.

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