Friends from school and netball helped Maddy May (right) with (from left) Ciara, Kealey, Maya, and Aija. tm04_2719

Dad Jade Proctor who plays in band ‘Fergus and the Gurners’ with his kids Jyah and Elky. tm01_2719

KILCUNDA’S Winter Solstice party was set off by perfect winter conditions.
The day included; talented live music, activities for the kids, food trucks and BYO.
Now in its second year, this event will have to be added to the calendar.
Organised by the Kilcunda Community Association the day was made possible by the Greek community who own the property of the former Kilcunda State School – allowing the community to use the site.
The day hosted an exciting spread of activities for kids, with a magic show by Cowboy Colin, story time and the favourite of many head wear arts and crafts.
Families from Melbourne made the trip down, and many Bass Coast families embraced the clear night.
Scott Jungwirth and his family were visiting his family’s house in Wonthaggi and was impressed by the evening.
“It’s lovely to come out and have something for the kids to do without worrying. The music is nice and we’re looking forward to the bonfire getting started,” said Scott from Mentone.
The highlight of the night was the lighting of the Phoenix, the burn signifying new life and renewal coming into the second half of the year.
Secretary of the Kilcunda Community group Andrea Bloch is positive the event will run again next year.
“The Phoenix was very impressive, Maria and Warren Reed did an incredible job building that,” said Andrea.
“The Kilcunda community group has over 50 members, we have activities through the week and are grateful that all of the creative work has come together tonight.
“The Kilcunda Community Association host Tai Chi Monday morning, Yoga Tuesday night, table tennis Wednesday and indoor bowls Thursday.
“We have to thank the Greek community who own this land, it’s great they allow us to use the property, many visitors have fond memories of attending the school before it was closed in 1970.”
Though the hosts didn’t feed everyone like they did last year, there was a variety of food trucks on offer.
Providing sound tracks for the evening was Maddy May, Colin Matthews, The Sweet Set, Drummers, Shaun Kenny, Nick Carver, The Mean Street Butchers and headlining was Fergus and the Gurners.