November 24th, 2021Clunes street dinner celebrates community
AFTER a difficult year of uncertainty and lockdowns, the Clunes community plans to reconnect around one big dinner table. On Friday, December 3, Fraser Street will shut down to host Feast on Fraser, a community Christmas dinner complete with Santa, live music, and entertainment.
“Clunes has always come together around Christmas,” says Lana de Kort, manager at Clunes Neighbourhood House. “When the pandemic first began, the community had a conversation about what they’d most like to do when the world settled down – and it was a chance to eat and be merry together.”
Past Christmas in Clunes events have been elaborate affairs, and last year, beyond volunteers decorating the historic streetscape, no festivities were held. As vaccination levels have increased and restrictions have eased, it’s now possible to host a true, country Christmas celebration – and everyone in the town is getting behind it. “We’ve got Santa joining us for the night,” said Lana. “The Ballarat High School Band, including some of our own Clunes-based musicians, and some fun salsa vibes with Los Locos finishing off the evening.”
Clunes Neighbourhood House, in partnership with many local community groups including the Clunes Tourist Development Association and Creative Clunes, wanted to ensure that local businesses benefited. Local eateries will be providing a special take-away service of food and drinks, which will be enjoyed around common tables down the main street.
“There is something exciting about planning for a Christmas where we can be together,” said Lana. “Community connections have played a huge role in helping us get through the last 18 months. Being able to celebrate that in a safe way provides us with a great opportunity to enjoy the moment, and be with family and friends.”
Christmas in Clunes has been a series of celebrations for more than five years now. Featuring lights and christmas decorations, Christmas in Clunes wouldn’t be possible without the help of Clunes’ many volunteers.
Feast on Fraser Street is from 6pm ’til late on Friday, December 3. Tickets to this free event at tinyurl.com/clunesdinner or call 5345 4078. Pre-booking required. Evidence of double vaccination status to be shown on ticket collection on the night.