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The Geltwood Festival: It's Sew Good!

31 March 2014

The Geltwood, as most locals would know, was a three masted iron hull ship that sank near Rivoli Bay in 1876 on its maiden voyage from Liverpool to Melbourne. Some 138 years later the Geltwood story continues to capture the imagination of people across the region through an annual week-long festival held in Millicent which opens on 28 March.

On seeing the arrangements for the festival, Wattle Range Council Mayor Peter Gandolfi said:  “It is great to see volunteers, business people and Council working together to prepare the town for the arrival of hundreds of craft enthusiasts and thousands of visitors.”

“The centrepiece of the festival is the quilting displays.  Over 250 works will be displayed in shop windows and throughout exhibition spaces in Millicent, It is a sight to behold!” he added.

Many of the visitors to town will be participating in workshops.  Local workshop coordinator Emelia Tidy is thrilled with the calibre of tutors who are travelling from across Australia to attend the event.  “This year’s workshops will feature traditional and new techniques and registrations are still open if anyone would like to try their hand at quilting.  You don’t have to be an expert and we encourage novices or beginners to join us and have a go!” Ms Tidy said.

Whilst the focus of Geltwood is on quilting there are many other events held throughout the festival that will appeal to a wide audience including:

  • Market Day – 30 March – art, craft, food and clothing stalls, entertainment, vintage car show, free kid’s activities and treasure hunt.
  • Tall Timbers Exhibition – 28 March –to 2 May - an exhibition showcasing works from locally grown wood and featuring functional and decorative pieces.
  • Geltwood By Night at the Somerset Hotel, 30 March - open mic night in the bottom bar.
  • Geltwood By Night at courtyard espresso + kitchen – 3 April - courtyard dinner, local produce, wine and entertainment.
  • Artists in Residence – 28 March to 6 April – at the Art Lounge which is a friendly space where you can sit and share ideas with Millicent’s resident artists.
  • Come and Try Croquet! – 29 March – the Croquet Club is holding an open day.
  • National Trust Museum - 28 March & 5 April– exclusive tours of the National Costume Collection.
  • Sunset over Geltwood – 6 April – Geltwood Closing Ceremony – A choral tribute to the Geltwood Ship.

Mr Gandolfi congratulates the organising committee on putting together another exciting and innovative programme of events for this year’s festival and anticipates they will be rewarded with record attendance for their efforts.

The festival will be officially opened by the Mayor at 6:30pm at the Millicent Art Gallery on Friday 28 March.  Everyone is welcome.

For further information regarding the Festival and what it has to offer including dates, times and venues please visit: www.wattlerange.sa.gov.au/geltwood


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