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A Mid-Winter Sojourn Luna 1878

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The day cloaked in bleak grey fled before the radiance of the setting sun and twilight brushed Lionel's Melbourne in soft red and purple hues. I stood upon my parapet and searched the darkening heavens for Luna. Alas she was not there.

Entrance to Luna 1878

Somewhere among the earthbound field of stars in the horizon, where the warmth of cooking fires grow and the pipes of merriment blow, she is lulled to descend from her perch. Under the luscious canopies of the Queen Victoria Market and a festival of earthly banquet, dances and delight, she is bounded among mortals in the Mid-Winter's Night.

I braved the icy cold that cut to the bone, willing my feet on a journey through the concrete forest and shadows of the moonless night to rescue my queen. The darkness that hung heavy around me gradually dissolved in the florescence from the approaching Shed that eventually enveloped me. I stood bewildered as stars hung in mid-air while mortals of all forms gathered.

All the world seemed mad with merry.

Overall atmosphere in Luna 1878

Collage of multi-cuisine to warm hungry bellies

Collage of Made-in-Melbourne wares

Collage of roving performers engaging visitors

Even more food to satisfy cravings

Even more wares to lull purses and wallets

La Luna La Luna
Talking and eating, laughing and kissing,
The juice of love's flower can surely beguile.
On and on the band was playing,
Songs of glee that would make stern Oberon smile.
The centre stage of gastronomic delight,
With fragrant wisps that curl in flight.
Surrounded by wares that beg to adorn,
Every inch of the mere mortal form.
Dancing fire and contortion amaze,
Ensnaring every human gaze.
And mulled in their mirth and tales do they swear,
A merrier hour was never wasted there.
With my queen in sweet frolic, I take my flight,
As the merry wanderer of the night.


Outside the night was falling but the light of Luna continued to shine softly in Queen Victoria Market. It seem this night, it is the mortals who have fallen under the spell of the moon.
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Why? QVM's Luna 1878 promises to liven up Melbourne's cold and dreary winter nights through first-of-its-kind theatrics of music, performances, food and shopping in the warmth surrounds of the Market
When: 5pm to 10pm, every Wednesday night from 8th August to 29th August 2012
Phone: 03 9320 5822
Where: J M Sheds, Queen Victoria Market
Cost: Free
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