Take a deep breath and throw yourself into the festivity pool of Christmas Celebrations that surrounds us here on the Coffs Coast. Let’s glitz the place up and celebrate the fact that we live in such a beautiful area.
We always go and look at the Christmas lights, and I did notice last year there were considerably less sparkling abodes around the town … probably due to the hideous hike in electricity! But to turn that into a positive, we can jazz up all of our business frontage and home windows with sparkly tinsel and festiveness.
We also don’t have the bustle of the busy cities, and we can peruse our beautiful stores for Christmas presents and treats without being half crushed and stressed out! My girlfriend Leonie would argue the fact and swears that the hoards are amassing as I write, ready to ruin our traditional Christmas shopping spree! Hogwash!
Also, Santa is here, and I hear he doesn’t want to be hanging around if we don’t look the business … I’m not going to be the one to ##@@ him off, because I’ve got something big and very sparkly on my list!
Staying on the celebration topic, we recently attended a ceremony at a beautiful little church, The Holy Faith Anglican Church at Bonville. Darin and Emma Lander were celebrating the Christening of their first child, Lucas.
This little church has a church hall and it will be one of the places, along with the Carols by Candlelight at the Coffs Harbour Racing Club and Sawtell Golf Club to sing and rejoice over the Christmas period. They will be having their Bonville Community Carols in the Hall on 18 December from 6.30 to 7.30pm, and what sounds lovely is that they are serving an old fashioned supper after the event.
Going back to jumping into a pool … well, a giant splash for one of the Coast Out Celebrations was made at our fabulous Pet Porpoise Pool. With a flutter of eyelashes, the Queens of Drag entertained the crowds that came from far and wide. Both of the grandstands were packed to the max, and ‘Drag Out The Dolphins’ was a huge success for the second year in a row. Starring in the show was The Fabulous Carlotta, from the original Les Girls. The hysterical Joyce Mange was the MC for day and had the crowds well entertained.
Other acts included Miss Mann, who was a Jennifer Hawkins look alike, and our very own home grown acts like Fangalina Jolie and Coco Jumbo arrived, all lipsticked up and dressed to thrill. Kisses were given from whiskered seals to delighted audience members, and the day was filled with live performances by the Queens of the Day, with well rehearsed interactions with the dolphins and seal performances.
The Grand Finale consisted of a spectacular show from the drag queens and the dancers from the Coffs Coast Derby Dolls, which of course included orchestrated aerials from the dolphins. A Fabuloso Draguloso Afternoon!
One of the great things about living in this country is that you can get to enjoy yourself outside in the fresh air. We recently went down to the Sawtell Scout Hall, which was having an Open Family Fun Day. The day was to help raise Scout awareness and to advertise their presence in the community. They are always interested in building their numbers, and they need help to generate funding.
Sawtell Hall is in the final stages of renovation, and the next thing on their wish list is an electrical upgrade, costing approx $3,000. The Sawtell Scout Group appreciates all the support they have been given in the past and are open to any generous offers.
Entertainment for the Open Day included a Slippery Slide, The Spin of Death (not for the likes of me!) Bridge of Doom and it gets more terrifying … The Flying Fox (tell you about that later). Plus, there were yummy things to eat, from the sausage sizzle to delicious pancakes. The kids can enrol at the age of six as a Joey Scout and go on to maybe become a leader from 18 upwards. They get to learn life skills and enjoy an almost unlimited range of activities. Call Gill Harrison (President) for more information – 0431 746 466.
Along with our Editor, I Joined Deborah Mauger from Parrys Jewellers for the Camp Quality Melbourne Cup Luncheon. The event was staged at C.ex Coffs, where they had the whole race day look happening, with a green turf flooring and the whole venue looking like we were at the course.
The MC for the day was the ever inspiring Michael Crossland, and a charity auction and raffles helped raise funds for the day to support this worthy cause. A really sumptuous luncheon was served, followed by tiered plates piled with delicious sweet treats. Double yummy! Deborah from Parrys Jewellers awarded beautiful prizes for the Best Dressed and the Best Hat … not an easy task, as the ladies were looking pretty fabulous!
Bets were laid and horses won, and so did madam Editor and I … yippee! A time for dressing up enjoying great food, entertainment and good company.
We also attended The Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery Fashion Parade, which was presented by The Friends of the Gallery. Talented local fashion design students from the North Coast Institute of TAFE had the opportunity to showcase their original and vibrant designs, and I must say they did a great job! Showings from local boutiques My Sisters Wardrobe, Coco 39 and Aqua Swimwear gave the ladies ideas of how to extend their wardrobe for the summer and festive season.
Bubbles and canapés were then served, along with sweet treats to mark the end of a fabulous afternoon for the ladies.
Back to the great outdoors … the Sustainable Living Festival was held at the Botanica Spring Festival in the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden. The day consisted of Botanic Garden demonstrations, beautiful walks, fun filled children’s events, along with live music and entertainment from local musicians and performers. What a fantastic way to enjoy the beauty of our very own Botanical Garden and learn about the aspects of sustainable living on the Coffs Coast.
Still outside and back to my embarrassing secret … during the course of the afternoon at the Sawtell Scout Fun Day, I had just finished chatting to our Editor on the blower, telling her about how much fun the activities looked and how I wished I had more nerve to go on rides and stuff (she is actually a bit of a daredevil, I think) and I thought, “RIGHT! No one knows me here, the son isn’t anywhere to be seen … I’ll have a go on that Flying Fox!”
So I kicked my fear of anything scary to the kerb and queued to have a go. It was only about three foot off the ground, and I felt reckless. A nine year old kid had just hurled himself from one end to the other … surely I could do that! My turn came, and I hovered on the platform … suddenly all bravery went down the gurgler, and I fled … a bit embarrassing, but no one had seen me until I heard, “Hey, you’re Christopher Beros’ mum, what’s the problem?!” I’d been SPRUNG!
I mumbled something about my phone had been ringing, and the kid says, “It’s all good … I won’t tell anyone you freaked out, Mrs Beros. Anyway you’re way too OLD for this kind of stuff!” Now really – that is rude! But I hope he doesn’t tell the son!
Wishing you all an absolutely lovely Christmas, and I hope Santa doesn’t get stuck up our chimney because … I’m scared of heights!
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