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Elgee Park Museum Stock Tasting* | 12 - 3pm

Drop into our Cellar Door to try a selection of museum release Elgee Park wines from the late Mr Myer’s personal collection. Tastings are complimentary & will be hosted by one of the Mornington Peninsula’s best winemakers, Tod Dexter. Tod was involved in making Elgee Park wines from 1987 to 2003.


Welcome & Cleansing Ceremony with Living Culture* | 10 - 11am

We commence our 100th birthday celebrations with an acknowledgement to country & smoking ceremony carried out by Gunditjmara Kirrae Wurrung-Bundjalung man, Lionel Lauch. 

All welcome.

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A smoking ceremony is an ancient Aboriginal custom in Australia that involves burning various native plants to produce smoke, which has cleansing properties & the ability to ward off bad spirits from the people & the land & make a pathway for safe passage.

Artefact Display, Yarn + Q & A* | 11am - 12pm

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Lionel Lauch & nephew, Jarrin Watson will have artefacts on display, as well as the chance for a yarn & an informal Q & A. 

Funky Farm* | 12 - 3pm

Chris & Sam from Funky Farm will be joining us with a collection of their native Australian animals. Their passion for horses grew into a passion for all animals, making a specialist facility for special needs adults & children to interact with nature & animals. 

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Garland Making & Face Painting* | 12 - 3pm

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Local artist & educator, Janine Everett will be helping children (big & small) make their foliage garland.

We will also have very simple, celebratory face painting available for all.

Tim's Garden Table* | 12 - 3pm

A fun & interactive gardening experience for all ages with Tim, our market gardener. Discussion & demonstration around starting & maintaining your own worm farm, planning the Spring & Summer veggie patch, as well as delicious ways to utilise your garden bounty! There will also be a garden surprise for the kids to take home.

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Mexican Music Man* | 1 - 2pm

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Join us under the Lily Pilly Tree for a high-energy hour of Mexican music & fun from talented musician & perfomer Alejandro. The Music Man will have all the kids (& adults) singing, dancing & shaking a tambourine in no time.


Music Workshops with Valanga Khoza

The magnetic & talented Valanga Khoza returns to Merricks for two special workshops; Kids Drumming & an All Ages Vocal Chants.

Valanga charms his audiences with humour & wit, telling stories that are embellished by beautiful music from many traditional instruments such as the kalimba, marimba & shijoro aswell as irresistable rhythms from the guitar, percussion & Valanga’s velvety voice, joyfully bringing people together.

Kids Drumming | 11:30am - 12:30pm

Kids Drumming Workshop

11:30am – 12:30pm | 4-12 y/o

Tickets $25 each

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All Ages Vocal Chants | 2 - 3pm

An incredible opportunity to come together to experience the uplifting effect of singing together. 

No musical experience or talent required…if you can talk, you can chant!

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All Ages Vocal Chants

2 – 3pm

Free event, no booking required, capped at 50 participants.


Cake Judging Results hosted by Maggie Beer | 3:30 - 4:30pm

Who will be named the Mornington Peninsula’s best Merricks Store birthday cake maker?

Treat yourself to a ticket to the award presentation. Admire the work of the home bakers, whilst our special guest & head judge Maggie Beer, announce the prize winners of our birthday cake competition. Tickets include a glass of bubbles & store baked sweet treat.

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Flower Pressing Workshop | 10:30 - 11:30am

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Earthy Ellie of ‘Earth Flower Wildling’ brings us a flower pressing workshop for 5-12 year old children. 

Ellie provides the opportunity for children to explore the intriguing details of flowers & foliage through botanical study & the traditional art of flower pressing.

 Children under 8 years old must have adult supervision.

Free event, no booking required, capped at 20 participants. 

Emu Feather Adornment Workshop | 12 - 1pm

Taylah Aimee is a passionate Indigenous educator, artist & textile designer, inspired by nature, her culture & bringing people together.

Make your own emu feather adornment that can worn as a necklace, key chain or anything you like!

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This is a traditional First Nations craft that is used a lot in NSW & Victoria.

These adornments are worn by all genders & this workshop is suitable for people over 16 years old & all skill levels.

Free event, no booking required, capped at 20 participants. 

Leaf Painting & Natures Paintbrush* | 1:30-3:30pm

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Taylah Aimee & Earthy Ellie will be set up in the Herb Garden for kids to drop in &;

 – design & paint their own gum leaf artwork/bunting to take home & treasure.

Whilst creating, learn about the significance of gum leaves in First Nations culture.  


  – discover the textures & patterns from natural objects as you use them for your paintbrush.


Photo Montage & Historical Display* | all day

Wander through Merricks House to our temporary History Room. We’ve gathered photos, stories & memories of the Store over it’s 100 years to share with the community.


Verandah | 7am - 3pm

Nestled under the vines, our popular coffee window will be open for your coffee & light bites.

Food Truck | 12 - 3pm

We will be serving casual food from our Food Truck between 12-3pm. 

Horse Float Bar | 12 - 4pm

Sidle up to our Horse Float Bar & enjoy locally made wine, beer & cider along with soft drinks in our garden. 

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 *These are free sessions for you & your kids to wander in & wander out of. No bookings are required.