Fete transforms into fragrant fest

When is a fete not a fete? When it becomes a flower festival.

For 20 years Coolum Uniting Church has been conducting an annual fete at its Elizabeth Street church, but this year will see a new concept.

This weekend the church will be transformed into a fragrant arrangement of colour, beauty, gifts and handicrafts for the 2009 Flower Festival.

Coolum businesses have donated gifts and funds in support of the festival, which has been in the planning for six months.

The Elizabeth Street church will become a gallery of flowers and floral arrangements created by Coast clubs and church members.

They will be complemented by an historic wedding gown and christening robe with accompanying flowers.

Intricate hand-worked quilts will be displayed, along with artists' paintings.

Emerging artist Helen King has designed and painted six large floral pieces for the show, and a beautiful watercolour by artist Pearle Eldridge has already featured in publicity posters.

Next door in the church hall there will be a cake stall, silent auction, children's decorated saucers, face painting, craft and plants for sale.

Devonshire morning teas, high tea from noon and home-baked delights will be available.

Emma Morgan, Bill Bruce and accompanist Heather Brown, from Coolum Theatre Players, will provide the entertainment during the afternoon.

The event will featuring music by The Coolum High School band, and the Coolum Primary School choir will also perform.

Admission is by gold-coin donation.

The flower festival will run from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday and until noon on Sunday.

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