On Sunday, December 11, Roleystone Twilight Christmas Market once again sponsors two regular favourites for the children, as a BIG THANK YOU to the community for its support over the last four years. No doubt due to maintaining its original concept of a market by the community for the community. Old McDonalds Farm and face painting are FREE for all the young and not so young visitors.
The local Bendigo Community Bank proudly sponsors a new children's activity, Sand Art Cards. Call into the Bendigo Bank tent and let your children have fun, get creative with sand and enjoy making a great card to take home.
As you wander among the stalls, with that little extra cash scoring some great Christmas presents, the children enjoy many free activities.
With over one hundred and twenty hand-picked stalls, finding unique gifts for Christmas will be a pleasure. Many new stallholders (along with some old favourites), plenty of food outlets, free activities, rides and a concert make it a market for everyone. As usual a special guest will drop by around 5.00pm to say 'ho ho ho'. Hint: Look for the man in the red suit.
A great drive to start a great day
Turning onto the Brookton Highway, off Albany Highway Kelmscott, takes you through rolling 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.
Arty Brellas provides a fantastic opportunity for some creative fun, and you get to take away an umbrella. Add the usual fare of bouncy castles, Camel Train, plus Bungee Run, a new fun ride for the older children, and other activities complete the fun. What better ways to keep the children occupied while you browse the stalls and enjoy the entertainment.
Handpicked carefully positioned stalls offer a great range of excellent quality home grown and handmade products. Roleystone Markets keep up the variety by only allowing a few of the same types of vendors to trade on the day. The focus is on handmade, handcrafted arts, crafts and produce. Gift something handcrafted locally rather than mass-produced overseas. Food vendors and Not for Profit groups providing activities ensure Roleystone Christmas Market is a great family day out.
Of the 120 amazing stalls, with many new ones complimenting the regulars; the real standout being the huge variety of food vendors, an opportunity to taste the world right here in Roleystone. Below is just a taste of the selection available
Anton's Bratwurst, Bona Pizza Mobile Woodfired Pizza (always a favourite), Georges Shishkobab offering traditional Greek Souvlaki, Grilled to the Mac, Hawaiian Shaved Ice, Josie's Baked Potatoes, traditional Spanish Paella from Kamal's Quarter Catering, Meast Middle Eastern Street Food are back with their fabulous falafel, Arabic rice and chicken wraps.
On The Frog and Toad, Scone Crazy, Ubuntu Real Food Co., Zab Salad & Thai's Supermarket adds to the eclectic mix of food. The Turkish Saj return with extremely tasty gozlemas, and new to the market is the Rare Flower, promising the flavours of Hungary melted into recipes of international cuisine. Add WA Spit Roast, Scone Crazy, Zab Salad & Thai's Supermarket and you truly can taste the world at the Roleystone Christmas Market.
The Roleystone Musicians Club, a great supporter of the Roleystone Markets will again provide entertainment from 3.00pm until at 8.30pm, with a special visitor arriving at 5.00pm.
Roleystone Community College Choir
Christmas Carols 3.30pm
Roleystone Community College Student Aydee Bull
Piano Recital 3.45pm
Yoga Demonstration 4.00pm
Rhoda's Dancers 4.30pm
RMC Kids "The Freestones" Jasper de Boer & Felix Lehman
Jazz Improvisations 5.00pm
Santa Arrives 5.30pm
Roleystone Musicians Concert
Casual Acquaintance 6.30pm
Roleystone Musicians Concert
Game of Tones 7.30pm
Roleystone Musicians Concert
The Redeemers 8.30pm
The Roleystone Markets take advantage of their position at Cross Park, situated on a huge oval, with space for the children to play ball or run themselves ragged. Trees surround the large grassed area providing a spacious country environment to enjoy the day. Bring your picnic rug, stay for the concert and have your tea cooked for you as you enjoy the concert.
The Roleystone Men's Community Shed always have some innovative handmade goods, recycling with a difference, terrific unique Christmas presents. New members are welcome, check out their website or have a chat with the blokes from the Shed.
The Roleystone Community Garden will have a fabulous array of plants; frangipani plants small to large and getting ready to bloom, strawberry plants which should produce the most luscious strawberries and some veggies. An integral part of the Roleystone Markets, they welcome new members, so check out their website and see how easy it is to grow your own produce in a friendly environment.
A real community market
Formed as a sub- committee of the Roleystone Community Garden and with sponsorship and support of the local Community Bank – Bendigo Bank, the Roleystone Market Committee coordinate quarterly markets that are fast becoming a fixture in the Perth market scene and a "can't miss destination", for not only the local community but the Perth community as a whole.
With around 120 stalls there is 'no space to mention all', therefore, if you are a vendor attending the Roleystone Christmas Market, pen a note in the comments section below, or keep your 'followers' informed by linking this article to your Facebook page.
"A distinctive mix of quality art, craft, provisions and produce"
Photographs and Logos are courtesy of Roleystone Markets. Photos of performers are courtesy of the Roleystone Musicians Club. Image of 'Balloons Floating With Thank You', is courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net. Image of 'Kids Fun Represents Free Time And Enjoy', is courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net. Image 'Girl Showing Colorful Hands to Camera', is courtesy of stock images at FreeDigitalPhotos.net. Artwork and composites are by John F.