Roleystone Markets celebrate their fifth birthday, with a foot tapping twilight bush dance (and a cake with a difference), on Sunday, March 11, from 3:00pm to 8:00pm. Make a day in the Perth Hills, and check out the beautiful Roleystone area, followed by an enjoyable afternoon and evening at the Roleystone Autumn Market and Beaut Bush Dance 2018.
Stroll around the numerous carefully positioned handpicked stalls, fed by various food vendors, while being entertained by roving musicians and a beaut bush dance into the twilight. Roleystone Markets continue their theme of quality over quantity with local and bespoke over imported and mass-produced items, and no more than three stalls with the same primary product.
Turn onto the Brookton Highway, off Albany Highway Kelmscott, and you pass through one of the nicest valleys in the Perth Hills to the Roleystone Markets, situated in Cross Park. Turn off at Holden road and follow the signs to the market location situated along Jarrah Road between Wygonda and Heather Road, just 30 kilometres south east of Perth.
Bush dance with The Jarrah Celts
If 'a picture paints a thousand words', no more need be said.
The fifth anniversary of the Roleystone Markets will feature five local players from the The Jarrah Celts from 5:00pm. Rousing foot tapping tunes will have all the family up and dancing in this terrific bush dance setting..
The Jarrah Celts is a collection of Celtic musicians from the Perth Hills, performing a lively set of dancing jigs and ballads, played on a range of wondrous acoustic instruments such as flutes, fiddle, accordion and banjo.
Australian born instrumentalist, Chris Horgan has spent most of his life in Roleystone. Following his ancestral Irish roots, he plays a variety of acoustic instruments, such as the wooden Irish flute, a Celtic drum (Bodhran) and weather permitting, he may play the Uilleann pipes.
Jane Slater, originally from Perth in Scotland, plays a 200-year-old fiddle and brings with her a wealth of Scottish culture in both music and dance. As one of the callers on the evening, she will be teaching a couple of easy Ceilidh dance sets. Jane is well known in the community as the Roleystone Community College music teacher.
John Perry, a regular double bass player and a founding member of The Jarrah Celts, and is one of the active members of the legendary Mucky Duck Bush Band that once played in the Roleystone Hall, many years ago. John will have you up and moving as he calls a few Aussie bush dances.
Originally from Glasgow, Ian Walker brings a vast knowledge of Celtic Ballads from his childhood. A singer akin to the sweet and deep tones of Christy Moore but with a colourful Scottish accent.
Another talented Roleystone instrumentalist with exceptional musicianship, Grant Black, will be adding colourful playing with the Tenor banjo and the accordion.
Four of the five fabulous musicians performing this evening are Jane Slater, Grant Black, Chris Horgan and John Perry (Ian Walker, not pictured, but first from left in top photo) from the Jarrah Celts.
Test your bowling speed at the Market, and see if you can bowl as fast as Shane Warne can text. Local cricketers (and maybe a Perth Scorcher or two) will set up a speed gun in the Cross Park cricket nets. Come and test your bowling skills, or grab a seat on a hay bale and enjoy refreshments (no alcohol) from the quirky VW Kombi Van (with all proceeds going to the fundraising).
Roleystone Markets are excited to support the Roleystone Cricket Club and the Roleystone Netball Club in their activities to raise funds to build a new pavilion.
The local Bendigo Community Bank is hosting a fund-raising page on their 'Communities Page' to take donations. They will also hold a raffle to be drawn on the day, for a chance to win a unique piece of cricketing history, with an Australian Cricket team shirt signed by Adam Gilchrist. The Bendigo Bank tent is the place to pick up a raffle ticket, and spin the Bendigo Bank Chocolate wheel, for a chance to win a great prize (from umbrellas to bank accounts)
One of the new popular activities is the photo opportunity with artwork supplied by the very talented Wendy Vander Laan. Wendy is currently working on the theme for this market. so please look out for it, have a photo taken and share it on the Roleystone Markets Facebook page.
Janice McLean submitted the above photo of Aydee Bul, Haylee Dol and Sienna Willsher at the 2017 Christmas Market. Janice is the leader of the Roleystone Girl Guides who were at the Market, raising funds for the Sydney Jamboree later this year.
Roleystone Markets take advantage of their position at Cross Park, somewhat akin to the country showgrounds, of my childhood. Situated on a huge oval, with space for the kids to play ball, or run themselves ragged. Surrounded by Shady trees the large grassed area provides a spacious and protective bushland setting to enjoy the day.
As a regular at the Roleystone Markets, I concur wholeheartedly with these comments from recent visitors. 'The music and the vibe are great'; 'It's a great meeting place'; 'every corner you turn there is a new style of music and stalls with different stuff'; 'it was a great market and it just keeps getting better'.
The return of the buskers to the recent market days, received great reviews and this market is again entertained by talented musicians located around the stalls, including the Market's own beautiful songstress, Victoria Corcoran.
Food and drink
Over 15 food vendors will keep you fuelled up as you stroll among the amazing variety of stalls. Crush Juice Van, 3 gourmet coffee vans, Clean Tasty Dirty, plus various stalls serving satay, bratwurst, curries, salads, doughnuts, ensure plenty of variety available.
The reputation of Roleystone Markets is spreading, with over 115 stall holders keen to display their wares (some fabulous new stalls), and as always, each one has been hand-picked to ensure variety, quality and the uniqueness or sometimes quirkiness that the Market is becoming known for.
With the focus on locally sourced (with most locally made) products, often with the artist on hand, and a handmade/no imports philosophy, Roleystone Markets attract many unique vendors. Including, Nellys Handmade (great kid's clothes from babies up to 8 years old), Margaret River Barrels by Design (imaginative wine barrels), and lots more. I think half the fun is strolling among the stalls and discovering that unique item.
The kid's market
Kids are especially welcome, and when not engaging in the activities, they have a large oval to run themselves ragged, while you browse around the stalls or watch them, while having a tasty dinner from one of the food vendors, and enjoy a beaut bush dance.
Roleystone Men's Community Shed are hard at work, with their latest inventions, 50 ways to turn a gas bottle into a BBQ. These friendly blokes, are always keen for a chat, and to discuss the benefits of the Men's Shed concept in general, and the Roleystone Men's Shed in particular. Moreover, all the funds raised go towards the building of their new Men's Shed. New members are welcome.
Roleystone Community Garden will have plants for sale, and gardening advice. They would love to chat with folks about their new Garden Shed, nearing completion; the result of extremely hard work over many years to develop a permanent garden on Cross Park.
A community project
Formed as a sub-committee of the Roleystone Community Garden and with sponsorship and support of the local Community Bank - Bendigo Bank, the Roleystone Markets Committee coordinate quarterly markets that are a fixture in the Perth market scene and now a 'can't miss destination', for not only the local community but the Perth community. Come and see for yourself.
A variety Not for Profit groups providing activities ensure Roleystone Autumn Market 2018 is a great family day out.