Spring Art & Craft Exhibition

Spring Art & Craft Exhibition


Posted 2014-07-31 by Jenfollow

Sat 13 Sep 2014 - Sun 14 Sep 2014

A Retirement Village is not exactly the place you would expect to find a Classic Car Display now is it ? Yet there it is. However, it's but an added bonus to the star event which is the '' at the Highlands Retirement Village in Craigieburn. The dates to be there are the 13th and 14th of September 2014, and all items on display are from the creative and artistic residents themselves. You will find anything from craft, art, painting, photography, woodwork and more, and the classic car display will be there for your viewing pleasure on the Sunday. There is no cost to attend, and opening hours are from 10am to 2pm both days. Devonshire tea will be available for a small fee.

Sunday the 14th September also happens to be the Village 'Open Day', so while you're visually enjoying the art, and physically chowing down on the lovely devonshire tea, you can have a sticky beak (it may literally be with that jam off the scones) of the retirement village. The residents will only be too happy to talk to you and share their experience of living there.

I chatted to Anita (Call (03) 8364 0500 or (03) 8364 0781 for enquiries) the Lifestyle Wellbeing Coordinator (by the way, she's the chief scone maker on the day of the exhibition) about what the Highlands Retirement Village had to offer. Let's face it, we all have to consider it one day for ourselves and our loved ones, so let's get it out there.

This over 55's retirement village is only 3 years young and still under construction. Stage 8 and 9 are on the way and will extend the current 135 villas that are occupied by over 200 residents to over 200 villas. Gone is the old mould of the old age home, and in its place, a lifestyle choice amongst like minded people with freedom to live independently. As far as facilities go, perhaps it's easier on the eye if I list them.
There's a .....
Community Centre
Computer room
Cafe bar
Town hall (holds seated functions for 250 people and more)
Theatre room (movies around twice a week)
Indoor pool (exercise, not lap pool)
Hairdresser comes 3 times a week
Doctor and nurse comes once a week
Podiatrist comes once a fortnight
Art and Craft Group
Outdoor bowls
Petanque Court (see video clip below)
Outdoor exercise area with sporting park like equipment
Exercise gym

One can be as busy or as leisurely as one wants in this independent living retirement village. The residents themselves also organise outings like fish and chip nights, pizza nights and bingo. They have their own singing group and there are over 50 activities run on a weekly basis. Even though meals are not provided (residents cook their own) and you're not locked into structured dining times, once a month a Chef comes in and cooks at the community centre and one can dine out there for $12.50 a meal and I was told, generally 45 to 90 of the residents eat out on that day.

Its obvious with this being their 3rd art and craft exhibition since 2013 (it runs twice a year in Feb and Sep) the creativity and 'life be in it' attitude of the residents run high and good on them! This is going to be a worthwhile event tempered with a wealth of experience behind the exhibition. Anita tells me back in February she made over 300 scones on exhibition day. Let's see if we can get her to top her last challenge.

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