Light the flame

Being sick is no fun!  I’ve had the flu this week despite my best efforts to stay well so only now feel like I’m back in the land of the living.  I hope you’ve been in a healthier state than me this week.

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Fire twirler image via Winter Solstice Festival

A few local things to mention – applications are now open for Leader Local Grants.  $1000 grants are available if you’ve got a great idea that will benefit the local community.  Applications close on 14 July so you’ve got a month to send yours in.

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Image via Amanda Addams Auctions

I also noticed that local auction house Amanda Addams is interested in expressions of interest regarding selling their business after 30 years in the trade.  I often think that my third career will be in art and antiques so if there are any like-minded people out there with an entrepreneurial bent, this would be a great opportunity for the next generation of people interested in all things vintage and antique.

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Larry the dog image via Pamela Irving

There are a number of upcoming exhibitions and events I also wanted to mention today.  In time for the Winter solstice is the Mid-Winter exhibition at Hatch Contemporary Arts Space in Ivanhoe which opens on 21 June, Irreverent Tales by Pamela Irving (Larry the dog sculptor) opens at Whitehorse Artspace in Box Hill on 22 June and Skin Thing at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre opens on the 23 June while Technician’s Choice is currently on.  Speaking of the solstice, there is a Winter Solstice Festival including bonfire at Edendale Farm in Eltham this Saturday night and I believe tickets are still available for this event.

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Image via Bundoora Homestead Art Centre

I’ve mentioned before that things have gotten increasingly sophisticated in the suburbs and there will also be a live music Parlour Gig with Benny Walker at Greenhills Neighbourhood House in Greensborough on 24 June, where my friend local writer Jenni Mazaraki works.

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Image via Lumiere Art & Co.

Finally, if you’re interested Lumiere Art & Co. is holding its Collingwood Store sale tomorrow from 9 – 3 pm at 76 Cromwell Street along with a number of other boutique retailers and designers.  I particularly like their beautiful shibori linen bed throws which are hand dyed.  Stay warm and stay well!

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