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Celebrate Seniors Festival with James Blundell

James Blundell sitting in a room with his guitar.

Come along and see James Blundell on stage at the Mount Alexander Seniors Festival.

Thursday 26 September 2019

Country musician James Blundell is set to rock the shire at a free community concert during the Mount Alexander Seniors Festival.

Mount Alexander Shire Council is hosting the afternoon concert, which is one of the festival highlights.

“The community concert usually attracts around 400 people each year and we’re expecting another large turn out to see this country music legend,” said Lisa Knight, Council’s Director Corporate and Community Services.

Earlier this year James Blundell was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and received The Australian Roll of Renown, the nation’s highest honour in country music.

The concert also has a local twist. James Blundell’s first hit was ‘Way out west’ with James Reyne, which propelled him into the music charts. You may not know that this classic song was written by Castlemaine local Broderick Smith.

Enjoy James Blundell in concert at 2.00pm on Friday 11 October at the Castlemaine Town Hall. Gold coin donations can be made to the SES.

“The Mount Alexander Seniors Festival is a much loved event on the social calendar. It was named event of the year in our shire’s Australia Day Awards,” said Ms Knight.

“The committee has again been working hard to produce another action packed program to offer seniors a variety of things to do throughout October,” she said.

“The theme of this year’s festival is ‘get into it!’ so we encourage everyone to get into it and try something new.”

Highlights include:

Festival launch – Help to launch the festival on the steps of the Market Building on Mostyn Street, Castlemaine. The event starts at 10.30am on Saturday 5 October. Entertainment by Castlemaine Highland Pipe Band.

Seniors Expo – Drop in to the Market Building for the Seniors Expo from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Friday 4 October to Sunday 6 October. There’s stalls hosted by services, groups and organisations showcasing all they have to offer seniors. Join activities programmed throughout the weekend in and around the Market Building.

Laurie Diss Memorial Dance – Dance away the afternoon with prizes, fun and frivolity on Sunday 13 October at Newstead Hall.

“There’s also historic steam train trips to Maldon, Grandparents Storytime at the library, a showing of ‘Singing in the rain’ at Metcalfe, a seniors cricket match at Harcourt and much more,” said Ms Knight.

This year Healthy Heart of Victoria is encouraging all seniors to get active and walk or ride to events.

“If you live out of town or some distance from events don’t let that be a barrier - park your car a little further away and walk,” said Ms Knight.

“There will be a prize draw for those who walk or ride to the festival expo or James Blundell concert, so meet up with friends and enjoy a stroll,” she said.

Find all the local event details in the seniors festival booklet at key community hubs or online at www.cch.org.au/mount-alexander-seniors-festival.

Don’t forget that Victorian Seniors Card holders can travel for free on all public transport in the state, including metro and regional trains, trams and buses from Sunday 6 October to Sunday 13 October.

Image: James Blundell is heading to Castlemaine as part of the Mount Alexander Seniors Festival.

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