COSTUMED characters, children’s rides and face painting will help transform Maryborough into a magical Mary Poppins experience again today, June 30.
It will be a Mary old time at the Mary Poppins Festival in the Park with children’s rides and arty workshops in the Mary River Parklands from 10am – 4pm.
Children and adults can learn the secrets of pavement art, make their own incredible “steam punk” goggles and jewellery, and join in a Gold Stars workshop which is inspired by one of the classic tales in the Mary Poppins novels.
As a prelude to today’s event, special Mary High Teas were served at Muddy Waters Café in the Customs Residence this week.
On the menu was a splendid selection of assorted sweet and savoury treats and those attending were guided in the art of taking tea with Mary Poppins herself.
Maryborough residents and visitors also this week enjoyed the relaxed, stylish ambience of Gatakers by Night in the courtyard of Gatakers Artspace.
Delicious wood fired pizzas and coffee were available and entertainment included Slainte and Mary Poppins light bombing.
Exhibits on show at Gatakers Artspace included the Relish Photo Competition, Henry Breikers artist in residence project Mount Walsh is Easy, and local Hervey Bay artist Carol Lumsden e-motion.
The Mary Poppins Market Day was also part of the Mary Poppins Festival this week.
The Market Day is an annual special event for all the family and the biggest market day of the year, featuring more than 100 stalls selling fresh local produce, handmade arts and crafts and gourmet delicacies.
Councillor for Sport, Recreation, Open Spaces and Events Darren Everard said the Mary Poppins Festival was one of the Fraser Coast’s signature events and the only one in the world.
It celebrates the heritage city’s unique link with the world’s most famous nanny; author Pamela Travers was born in Maryborough in 1899.
The Mary Poppins Festival features a number of fun-filled activities and entertainers including street artists, batik painting and juggling workshops. Add to that all the traditional characters from Poppins’ stories including Admiral Boom and the Chimney Sweep, and of course Mary Poppins herself.
“We cater to a lot of visitors who are after this specific style of heritage tourism and family friendly activities. That’s obviously the market we’re targeting and its one of our signature events.”
The traditional Proud Mary’s Morning Tea, Great Nanny Challenge and Grand Costume Parade were among the highlights again this year and the Perch Creek Family Jug Band headlined the musical acts, performing at Gatakers Artspace along with Dreamtime Reptiles.
For more information go to www.marypoppinsfestival.com.au