BRINGING warmth to the shortest days of the year, Glenview Community Services once again opened its doors to the public for the annual Winter Festival.
This year’s event was the first as the newly titled ‘Winter Festival’, graduating from the previous three years’ endeavour as the Winter Lantern Festival.
Growing well beyond the winter lantern display, the festival’s expansion allowed for the addition of a number of fun new community activities.
The festival art competition kicked off the event with residents’ works gaining praise from competition judges for their colour, creativity and flair.
Following a warming winter-themed luncheon, residents, volunteers, staff and community members were treated to art master classes, pie making workshops and concerts throughout the week.
The twilight market marked the festival finale with winter woollies displays, market stalls and delicious treats on hand to satisfy the crowd.
As for entertainment, a cosy choral performance from a roving school choir set the mood, with a Filipino dance troupe and street performers enthralling the many market-goers.
Glenview chief executive officer Lucy O’Flaherty said she was “thrilled” with the community’s support for the popular winter event.
“The Winter Festival is certainly a highlight of the year for us and I’m proud to announce this year was our most successful yet,” she said.
“It’s the interactions between community members and residents which really make these events worthwhile and the friendly faces never fail to brighten up the colder days here at Glenview.”
Following the twilight market, the festival closed traditionally with a magical winter lantern display at the St John’s carpark.
For information on upcoming events and activities, visit the Glenview Community Services website at www.glenview.org.au.
Caption: Glenview resident Betty McKay dancing with activities assistant Miranda Ferguson at the Winter Festival.