A Lovely Show – Inaugural Art of Elegance Fair – Dunolly Town Hall, Victoria

Posted on February 16, 2012



Art of Elegance Fair emerged as a “lovely show” of vintage fashion, high tea and home collectibles, stylish patrons, art, jewellery and bags, just to name a few features.  Movie themes were popular, Yela Brick of Castlemaine did “Wizard of Oz” with a lovely splash of red, Bell’s Belles of Castlemaine did “From Here to Eternity” in fabulous style, and Fanny’s Flat did “Three Coins in the Fountain” with an elegant artistic fountain to dream on. 


Two thousand plus crowds attended the Victorian Goldfields small town of  Dunolly on the day, with 400 people at times coming to see both halls, the Dunolly Town Hall and the St John’s Anglican Hall, and enjoy the Dunolly traders and street market.  Fine weather, not too hot, made it such a treat, and the tea sessions were fully booked in advance from Wright on Broadway.   Next Fair they will be holding their own, and enquiries can be made directly to them at Dunolly for bookings and times.  Antique Flower Vase Display judges were impressed and will take part in an even bigger version next Fair.  We have already outgrown that location, with a line up at the door for most of the morning, so following up on some advance notices, the next Fair for Autumn season is Mother’s Day Sunday May 13th, 2012 at the historic Maryborough Town Hall, Neill Street, Maryborough, Victoria 3465.  Featured will be “Mini Mad Hatter High Tea” by Debbie Chapman of Fairytale Frostings, Nolan Street, Maryborough and more details on this will be available shortly, with some advance bookings already in place from the most recent Fair.   She gave us a glimpse of her cup cakes covered in lovely flowers, and her talent at specialty cakes.  Stay tuned.  She says she will do an “Alice in Wonderland” cup cake theme, with super High Tea fare with a twist, and a lot of fun should be had by all.  Because of this, hats will be mandatory at the Fair, so be sure to wear one.  There will be a prize for the most eye catching style!  Many comments came from near and far about the gracious ladies and gents in their headgear, looking smart, cool and comfortable in the country summer weather, adding glamour to the Fair and the streetscape.   A big thank you to all participants, especially Tiffany, Cal and Jill for doing a great deal of behind the scenes work to keep things on track.  Stallholders, a particular thank you, all, for your commitment and making the look of the Fair so special.  This is the first of the updates, still collecting photos and comments, so visit the blog again, and watch out for the flyer and details, due out next week or two.  Thank you again, one and all, for coming and making this day a special event for Art of Elegance Fair!


words: copyright M. Roleff, 2012

images: copyright T. Titshall, 2012

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