Mary Poppins Festival 2005

Get swept up in the Poppins Festival

The 10th anniversary Mary Poppins Festival has begun with plenty on offer for the young, and the young at heart in the heritage city of Maryborough.

Live performances, book readings, circus workshops and famous authors are just the beginning of a jam-packed program in the birthplace of the Mary Poppins author.

Have a spoonful of sugar at Mary Poppins Day in the Park!

On Saturday July 1, the Mary Poppins Day in the Park will take over the Maryborough streets for Queensland’s most whimsical event!

The historic Maryborough Portside precinct transforms into the scenes of Cherry Tree Lane to celebrate the unique connection to author P L Travers.

Travers was born in 1899 in the heritage-listed bank building that her father managed, where she lived for the first two years of her life.

Magic fills the air in the heritage city where the novel comes alive as Admiral Boom fires his time cannon throughout the day. Sidewalk art, street theatre, circus workshops and more are just the beginning of all of the charming fun…

The supercalafragalistic event continues with chimney sweep challenges, nanny races and is topped off with a grand parade all in famous Cherry Tree Lane.

Maryborough’s riverside parks and heritage streetscapes are the perfect setting for this unique and quirky festival. With just a spoonful of imagination they will transform into pages from the novels, creating a fantasy experience for all!

More supercalafragalistic highlights

In the beginning… A special Maryborough Story Trail tour
Lead by a member of the ancient guild of story tellers, starts in the Maryborough Bond Store basement and walks through the heritage wharf precinct. Take a journey with live performances from Butchulla and South Sea Islanders where, if you listen closely, you may even hear the voices of those gone before.

A Spoonful of Circus
A Mary Poppins themed, week-long program taught by professional circus artists, kids will learn to juggle, hula hoop, plate spin and more!

Robbery in Cherry Tree Lane
Join the forensic team to solve the mystery that’s got Cherry Tree Lane in a twitter! Process DNA and learn techniques that the pros use!

Adam Harvey & Beccy Cole
For the last two decades, Adam Harvey and Beccy Cole have stayed at the forefront of Australian country music… And they’re coming to Maryborough!

For all these dates and many more wonderful and quirky events, head to marypoppinsfestival.com.au.

 

Further news… We’ve lit up the streets!

With just days until the Mary Poppins Festival begins, the city has installed traffic lights using a silhouette of the world’s most famous nanny!

Maryborough is now the only city in Australia that has transitioned from the regular stick-figure silhouette to a quirky representation from the city’s history. It is part of a unique story trail that winds through the streets of Maryborough to discover the history of the city and Mary Poppins.

While you’re there, follow the story trail through the streets of Maryborough to discover links to the novel… You’re sure to be delighted!

The details:

Mary Poppins Festival – June 23 – July 2
Mary Poppins Day in the Park – July 1

For further information visit marypoppinsfestival.com.au, BYO spoon and sugar!

 

PHOTO: Getting into the spirit of the Mary Poppins Festival in 2005.

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Recycling old jeans to soothe souls

Out-of-work anthropologist Vickie Hartland has found her groove recycling old jeans to create bears that bring comfort to people around the globe. 

“Making Comfort Bears is my accidental business,” Vickie said when I met her recently at the Cairns Esplanade Markets.

“When found myself out of work, I made a bear for my grandson and put a picture on Facebook then suddenly got orders from all over the world.”

jeansVickie said her Comfort Bears were often used as Grief Bears.  

“People grieving the loss of loved ones have got something they can cuddle.

“When my brother died, his youngest son started sleep walking and we’d find him curled up in a wardrobe or under his dad’s clothes until he got a Comfort Bear.

“For years after my sister lost her husband, she still had his pillow and uniform in a zip lock bag so she could still smell him.

“Another lady whose dad had passed away 10 years earlier still had all of his clothes until she got one of my bears and was able to let go.

Vickie said the Comfort Bears were also ideal for children with autism because they liked a sense of everything the same every day.

“While a child sleeps, you can pop the bear in the washing machine and dryer, then take it back into them and the child never knows it’s gone.”

Vickie’s handmade bears are created from up-cycled denim jeans.

“It’s ridiculous how many jeans end up as landfill. We don’t wear jeans all year round and every season people get new jeans and the old ones end up either in op shops or as landfill.

“My first trade was an upholsterer. I haven’t done it for many years but I’ve gone back to my original skill set.”

You can meet Vickie at the Cairns Esplanade Markets every Saturday, 8am to 4pm by the Lagoon.

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Sailing v sashaying at Yorkeys Knob 

For a landlubber more used to hoofing it across cow paddocks than sailing, when ‘Captain Awesome’ spoke of jibing, I thought he was into dancing. 

You know, jiving! That’s the international ballroom dance style which originated in the United States from African-Americans in the early 1930s and popular throughout the 1940s. 

I must get my hearing checked because I soon discovered the word had a ‘b’ in the middle, not a ‘v’, and it meant putting the stern of a boat through the eye of the wind. 

So last Sunday (June 18, 2017), instead of sashaying across a dance floor, I was shimmying across the waves aboard Captain Awesome’s catamaran with two parallel hulls as shoes. 

The skipper’s 11 meter hand-built cat, Pure Spirit, was one of seven vessels to participate in the Yorkeys Knob Boating Club’s Sunday Fun Sail for June. 

Being ballast-free and therefore lighter than monohulls, Pure Spirit was the fastest vessel on the day and scored the largest handicap, starting about 40 minutes after the first boat began.

It wasn’t long before we’d overtaken Endeavour but the other boats proved more elusive.

Nearing the finish line, it was all hands on deck (except mine as I was in charge of the camera) to trim a few precious minutes off our sail time. 

Alas, first position wasn’t to be this month, as announced at the post-sail presentation on the clubhouse deck as food and stories were shared. 

The opportunity to join the club’s monthly Sunday Fun Sail is open to anyone with $10 in their pocket, even landlubbers like me who don’t know the difference between tacking and jibing. That is, if room is available on any of the boats on the day.

You might be called upon to steer, trim or practice manoeuvres under the watchful eyes of seasoned sailors or you might simply enjoy a day out on the water as an on-board spectator.

It’s all part of the fun of learning about sailing while getting up close and personal with one of Australia’s most beautiful regions. 

The experience might even inspire you to put aside some dollars and one day join the event or club as a boat owner.  

Find out more about sailing

For more details on the Yorkeys Knob Boating Club’s Sunday Fun Sail, phone (07) 4055 7711 or email reception@ykbc.com.au.

Yorkeys Knob Boating Club is located at Yorkeys Knob, 18km northwest of Cairns and 42km southeast of Port Douglas.

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