Mary St. Christmas

Mary Street is having a Christmas Celebration and is inviting all residents and Businesses to come along and join in the party. 

On Monday Evening the 15th and Monday 22nd December 5:00pm - 9:00pm.Over 40 Mary Street shops will be open for late night shopping. There will be street Entertainment Nativity scene at Gold City centre stage, Wine and Cheese tasting, roving Christmas carollers and horse and sleigh (cart) rides with Santa and Mrs Claus. 

Local cafes will be open as well, so come along and make a night of it and support local business.

Kenilworth Celebrates

Kenilworth Celebrates! is an annual Town Festival, incorporating a Visual Arts Extravaganza and set in the Mary Valley 1920s Town of Kenilworth. 

The Streets become alive with Street theatre, Buskers, Drummers and Musicians, Poets breakfast, Art Exhibitions and workshops, Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra performance and dinner and more. 

Something for everyone, the Festival is set in a beautiful clean green part of Queensland, with amazing light, and in close proximity to rainforests , national parks,the Mary River and the Andy Goldsworthy sculpture in the Conondale Great Walk. There is plenty of camping available. 

Visit the Cheese Factory, Galleries and Art shops, all set in a very small rural town. Come to the magical Sunshine Coast Hinterland to enjoy the beautiful scenery and a great Festival.

Mary Valley Country Show 2014

A full program of rodeo timed events start the day, attracting a large number of competitors. 

Ring events include showjumping, led classes, hack classes and junior riding classes. Novelty events after the ring events finish are always very popular and attract many competitors.
Young beef handlers now have the opportunity to compete with their prime led cattle in the newly introduced Prime Beef Section. There are also open sections for Prime Beef Classes. 

The annual Woodchop Event is a major draw on showday. This attracts competitors from far and near. It is quite a coup to win at the Mary Valley Wood Chop Event.

The Show Pavillion is packed to the rafters with produce displays, school childrens art and writing skills are beautifully presented. Craft, cooking, horticulture and hobby competitions ensure that there is plenty for all to see.

Outside, Side Show Ally is brimming with rides and fun for all ages. Market stalls, vintage cars and machinery, static displays, cottage craft, jewellery and ornaments and other displays that include live animals such as reptiles, farm animals, animal nursery to name a few fill the grounds to capacity. 

There is always a fantastic choice of food and beverages and a licensed bar till late.

Twin’s Exhibition

Photographs of 50 sets of twins from Gladstone to Brisbane will be on display this month at Gympie Regional Gallery.
The project, was instigated by Gympie photographer Bambi Wixon to raise funds for the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the RBWH Milk Bank for premature babies, in particular multiple births.
Bambi found out that most Queensland twins are born in the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and many are born preterm.
The Australian Breastfeeding Association state on their website that one woman can produce enough milk for two babies, even though people sometimes doubt that it is possible.
The Milk Bank website explains that in cases of premature birth, women sometimes have trouble producing enough of their own milk or, any milk at all, which may be compounded in artificial and stressful situations.
The availability of donor breast milk through the RBWH Milk Bank provides parents with an alternative to formula and the choice to give their baby optimal nutrition. 
Fellow photographers and friends, Susan Wall (also a twin) and Willow Smith resolved to raise the funds to purchase another freezer, and the ‘Twins – More to Love’ exhibition is the result.
The Gympie Regional Gallery exhibition on view until 22 February, with normal opening hours Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.
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