Preview to the inaugural Time Out festival at Morisset High School on Sunday, November 17: program of events

INAUGURAL FESTIVAL: Rotarian Susan Shing said the Time Out festival would bring some fun and optimism to the town. It will be held in Morisset High School from 9am to 4pm this Sunday, November 17. Picture: David Stewart
INAUGURAL FESTIVAL: Rotarian Susan Shing said the Time Out festival would bring some fun and optimism to the town. It will be held in Morisset High School from 9am to 4pm this Sunday, November 17. Picture: David Stewart

A gold-coin donation will unlock a day of entertainment, demonstrations, and activities for the family in Morisset on Sunday.

That's when Morisset Rotary Club will host the inaugural Time Out festival in the grounds of Morisset High School.

Rotarian Susan Shing said festival goers would find something for all ages.

"There will be food trucks, great entertainment, creative activities and workshops to try, cooking demonstrations, as well as an artisan market," Ms Shing said.

"We have a great line-up of local musicians, everything from country and folk to brass and rock bands."

The food on offer would be something special, she said.

"Local eateries and food trucks will offer a wide range of foods to suit every taste bud.

"There will be a number of exhibitions from the likes of Morisset Spinners and Weavers, and Art Lovers Movement.

"There will be medieval battles, steam punk aficionados, paper plane races, djembe drumming, line dancing, and the Harrington circus with jumping castles and go-carts."

Other highlights of the busy day-long program will be a 12-minute fitness challenge with great prizes, old fashioned games, and craft activities for children.

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Ms Shing said the Rotary club was rapt to be staging the event at Morisset High School.

"Morisset High School is a perfect venue for the Time Out festival as it provides multiple areas to be able to accommodate the great variety of activities we have on offer," she said.

"Having large, great indoor spaces is ideal to showcase our exhibitors, hold workshops and demonstrations. It has ready access to power and water, which is essential for many of our workshops, has lots of amenities for the public to use rather than us having to provide portable options.

"And it is also ideally situated in the centre of town, is within walking distance of the railway station, and importantly gives us a contingency should we encounter inclement weather."

Ms Shing said the festival would also introduce people to local organisations they may not know about.

"A number of community and special interest groups will be providing information and awareness about what they offer and how they support individuals and the wider community," she said.

Ms Shing said the festival was all about the serious business of learning how to have fun and unwind.

"The idea is to provide a community and family festival focusing on ways to take time out of our busy lives as part of developing and maintaining balance and overall wellbeing," she said.

"It is designed to be affordable without compromising quality, and it will also be an expression of positivity, optimism, fun, creativity and excitement, as well as a demonstration of the importance of connectedness."

The hope is that locals will discover a pastime that they can take up, or even rediscover one from their youth.

Ms Shing said the Rotary club was happy to lead the way in providing more events for the district. The attendance on Sunday would help the club to know if it's on the right path.

"This festival is something new, organised and run by locals for locals. We believe the community is eager to have more events, activities, and offerings here in our local community without having to travel too far.

"So we would like to see them vote with their feet by coming along and supporting us. We are trying to provide more things for the local community to do, especially young people, and young families.

"It will be a very affordable day out with lots to see, do, try and taste. And if it's well received may set the foundation for more of these types of events here in our part of the lake."

Visit timeoutfestivalmorisset.com for details.

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