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First Saturday becoming a Kimberley hallmark
‘First Saturday’ is a Festival of Arts, Culture & Heritage events that takes place on the First Saturday of each month from May to October. Arts venues, restaurants, and boutique shops in the Platzl and throughout Kimberley offer a variety of special activities including art exhibition openings, theatre, live music, talks, tours, street happenings, food, train rides, and historical and special events.
This community event has been created by the Kimberley Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee, consisting of representatives of the Kimberley Public Library, Kimberley Heritage Museum, Sullivan Mine Underground Railway and members and member groups of Kimberley Arts Council- Centre 64.
‘First Saturday’ was developed to create awareness and enhancement of community arts, culture and heritage activities, to increase participation by local residents and visitors in these activities, and to promote partnerships between community organizations and local businesses.
The event has run each first Saturday of the month from May to September this year. It has featured a variety of arts, culture and heritage activities for Kimberley area residents and tourists, promoting the works of local artists and artisans, musicians, thespians, and writers. It has included train rides and powerhouse tours with Kimberley Underground Mining Railway, tours of Kimberley gardens, hiking and biking on trails in the Kimberley Nature Park, historical walking tours, children & family activities and theatrical productions, pancake breakfasts, barbecues, indoor and outdoor concerts, art markets, artist and artisan demonstrations, a Creative Kids zone, and High Tea at the Chateau Kimberley heritage site.
The First Saturday event on October 5th will be the last in the season and will celebrate Oktoberfest. Activities will be held in the Bavarian-themed downtown Platzl with local businesses partnering with First Saturday events to offer specials and to provide entertainment at some of their establishments. Mayor Ron McRae, as the Burgermeister, will welcome visitors and open the afternoon’s events at which pretzels, bratwurst, accordion music, dancing and beer can be enjoyed by all. For the younger folk a parade will be led by Happy Hans, celebrating Kimberley’s new brand, “Kimberley is a good place to be”. Crafts, face-painting, theatre, story-time and a Root Beer Garden will be featured.
Events that have occurred each First Saturday will continue of October 5th, including the opening reception for the art exhibition at Centre 64, an art market and artist and artisan demonstrations, musical entertainment, High Tea at the Chateau Kimberley, and guided hikes in the Nature Park. New this Saturday will be an Oktoberfest Scavenger hunt, an Old Tyme Photo Booth, a Fall Harvest Roundup with food and entertainment at Centennial Hall hosted by the Kimberley Seniors Association, five Beer Gardens and a Root Beer Garden. Also celebrating Oktoberfest will be The Old Bauernhaus with Adi, the yodeling wood carver, performing and the Sullivan Pub offering live entertainment.
When the afternoon’s events are concluded, Rocktoberfest begins with local band Sketch performing.
Festivities begin at 11 a.m. and end at 10 p.m. The Kimberley Arts, Culture and Heritage committee invites you to join Kimberley in celebrating Oktoberfest.