The Dungog District Chamber is pleased to announce that we are holding a Street Party!
‘Starry Starry Night Street Party’ is the theme and it will be located all along Dowling Street Dungog on Friday 25th November 2022.
Start time is 4pm and will continue on into the night with our “after 5” venues. Late night shopping will be available until 7pm, with the after 5 venues hosting (more) food and music afterwards.
Focus of this event is to encourage shopping local and a cultural celebration of all that Dungog has to offer in the lead up to Christmas. The entertainment and fun will be a drawcard for both locals and visitors to join in the shopping, the entertainment and the fun as we celebrate a ‘Starry Starry Night’.
We have been very fortunate to receive some funding for the event following the grant funding secured by Dungog Shire Council, and we are very appreciative of Council’s support.
This funding means that we have the ability to pay for exciting and varied activities and entertainment in the street, creating a party atmosphere for shoppers, families and visitors.
Chamber have organised the entertainment and activities and are all free!
We have a small and enthusiastic group organising the event, and they have come up with abundant creative ideas which they are currently finalising. We have a range of entertainment and activities planned, happening the length of the CBD – this ensures inclusiveness as well as space and diversity.
As at today we have secured a selection of entertainment and activities for all ages, including but not limited to; Educational Venomous Snake display by John and Tina Mostyn, who are providing three shows with education and a hands-on experience. Whip cracking legend Andrew Thomas to demonstrate this age old art of Whip-Cracking, jumping castles at each end of the street, face painting by well-known artists and maybe even a mystery celebrity! The food and wine tasting fair, and a range of musical performances including buskers as well entertainment provided by Performing Arts Dungog. We are also encouraging local schools to get involved in entertainment and hope to have some local school children performing outside the Tourist Information Centre.
With Dungog shops staying open for this event, we are encouraging them to get into the party theme and incorporate the Starry Starry Night topic. In addition, tickets will be given for all purchases over $20 made on the day at the participating stores and can then be placed in collection boxes for the lucky draws at the end of the evening – this will be around 6.30pm. First prize $200 Dungog Dollars, second prize $50 Dungog Dollars – all sponsored by Dungog District Chamber of Commerce.
A range of stalls will add to the party atmosphere so we encourage stall holders to get in touch.
No surprise with the title, stars is the theme and we are asking businesses to decorate windows in a star theme which can carry them all the way to Christmas. Our local schools are encouraged to get involved with making stars to decorate street trees. Our Residents at Lara Aged Care are already into the star theme and creating – something for young, old and in-between.
With the event being on a Friday evening, it is almost a natural progression to then move on after the shopping and activities to the local establishments for dinner and more entertainment. Local after 5’s have already booked entertainment for the night, and there is accommodation galore in Dungog and district – most is featured in the 2022 “Explore Barrington Coast” magazine that has a 32 page Dungog special feature.
To top it off, as if it could not get any better, Clarence Town Lions Club is having their “Williams River Festival” the very next evening on 26 November at Clarence Town, this enabling the party to continue. A fantastic opportunity for locals and visitors to have a great weekend out in the Shire.