Seaspray celebrates

AFTER much preparation over a long period, the stage is set for Seaspray’s huge centenary celebrations.

The event is commemorating 100 years since the first land sales in the town. It was also the year when the name ‘Seaspray’ was formally given to the area, known in its earlier history as Prospect.

The event has been supported by a grant from Wellington Shire Council and other local sponsors.

The Seaspray Centenary Committee has planned a comprehensive three-day event in the town, to be held this long weekend.

On arrival at Seaspray, a detailed eight-page program will be available to visitors.

Roads will be closed from 10am on Saturday in preparation for the grand parade which will begin at 11am. Roads will re-open immediately after the parade.

11am: Grand parade (Foreshore Rd to Bearup St), including vintage vehicles, horses, decorated bicycles, fancy dress, CFA vehicles, tractors, marching band, dragon boat and surf club.

Children are invited to decorate their bike and ride it in the parade, and are also invited to dress up.

Noon: Official opening of the centenary in the Seaspray Hall with the launch of the history book On the Prospect written by Sue Kennedy.

The book is available for pre-order by emailling Sue at susan.kennedy@live.com.au or phoning 0409 598 310.

Copies will also be available for sale in the hall over the centenary weekend.

Wellington Shire mayor Darren McCubbin, Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien, historian Peter Synan and Ann Synan will be in attendance.

1pm-5pm: A large memorabilia display in the Seaspray hall, spinners and weavers demonstrations and display, art and photographic displays, a large range of Seaspray souvenirs, afternoon tea available.

1.30pm-2.30pm: Exhibition tennis match at the Seaspray Tennis Club.

5pm: Official opening of the new Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club.

Members of the public are welcome to inspect the new building, and stay for dinner.

1pm-7pm: Mingle market on the foreshore with live musical entertainment.

Take a chair or a blanket and enjoy the grassy foreshore, the market stalls and the fabulous music.

Surf club dinner sittings: 5.30pm-7.30pm, 7.30pm-9.30pm. First in, best dressed.

Morning surfing display.

10am-5pm: Memorabilia in the hall. Refreshments available.

10am-noon: Children’s sandcastle building competition, on the beach near Bock Street.

Prizes on offer across a variety of age groups.

11.30am-2pm: Seaspray fire station will be open for inspection and a sausage sizzle.

The station recently underwent extensive renovations.

1.30pm-3.30pm: Races and old fashioned sports, including egg and spoon race, sack races and gumboot tossing will be conducted on the foreshore between the surf club and the creek.

A lot of fun for children of all ages to enter and compete.

Noon-4pm: Seaspray Primary School will be open for inspection.

Refreshments will be available.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner is available in the surf club.

10am-1pm: Memorabilia in the hall.

Breakfast and lunch available in the surf club.

“Celebrating our Streets” is a project initiated by the Wellington Shire Heritage Network and is being conducted in various formats in many towns throughout Gippsland.

The Seaspray celebration entails a self-guided walking tour of the town, highlighting the history of the many street names and other significant sites.

This is also a good opportunity to see the new historical signboards erected in various sites around the town.

A detailed map and relevant historical information for this activity will be found as a lift-out section in the weekend’s eight page program.

Two art galleries in the town will be open for inspection throughout the weekend. Paintings by these artists will also be displayed in the hall.

Additional food stalls will be available on the foreshore over the weekend. The local Seaspray store and Ronnie’s Tea Rooms will also be open for business.

The surf beach will be patrolled all weekend.

For more information about the centenary phone committee secretary Anne Guilfoyle on 0425 843 538.

People wishing to have a market stall can phone Diana Teo on 0400 423 680 or email diandi9@bigpond.com