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September 20th 2007
Get ready for Bay Day

At the end of this month, on Sunday September 30, from 9am to 9pm, a new music, dance and arts & crafts based festival called Bay Day, featuring the Hot Mambo Salsa Band from Brisbane plus over 90 other musicians and performers, will begin at Horseshoe Bay.

Bay Day is being organised by a group of Island business people and interested community members including well-known local musician, Andrew Dajski.

Andrew, who had the idea abot two years ago but no equipment to produce it, said, "We have so many talented musicians on the Island and now I have the sound equipment and with the help of the Magnetic Island Musos Club and others like (Community Developemnt Association President) Lorna Hempstead, without whom it wouldn't be happening, I think it will be a great event."

Andrew and daughter Natalie who will both
be performing during Bay Day

Andrew sees Bay Day as something which will become an annual festival and likely to take the place of the Rediscovery Weekend of earlier times.

Andrew is very excited about the day which will bring many local acts to the stage that will be located on top of a truck in front of the former Maggies Beachhouse at the end of Pacific Drive.

A big emphasis for Andrew will be to encourage people to start dancing again. "We saw when we were in Europe recently how dancing is coming back and the Hot Mambos are one of the top Brisbane bands (click here for Mambos' website) with music that can get all ages onto their feet." To get people inspired a crew from the Dancetime Studios from Townsville will also be performing.

The Bay Day poster - soon to be seen around Magnetic Island

Bay Day mixes the very popular Horseshoe Bay Community Markets, which occur on the last Sunday of each month, with a day full of music and other entertainment culminating with the Hot Mambo Salsa Band who take to the stage from 5pm to 9pm.

The Hot Mambo Salsa Band are also teachers from the Queensland Conservatorium and the Bay Day festival begins with an appetiser of musical workshops on "playing together" for local performers from 6pm - 9pm on Saturday September 29 at Bungalow Bay. This will be open to all comers for free and musicians who wish to partake are encouraged to come early to get a good seat. Andrew expects that about one third of the time will be spent with instruction and the rest will be music and Islanders and visitors are welcome at Bungalow Bay for dinner or just for a drink and eavesdrop on what promises to be a terrific session of live music.

During Bay Day there will be plenty of food and refreshments and all the bayside watersport activities, shops and cafes will be running.

The eastern end of Pacific Drive will however be closed to traffic so the street will be safe for fun and dancing.

Not all of the acts for Bay Day have been confirmed yet and Magnetic Times will provide an update closer to the event but the following are booked:

Sweet Thing
Phil Honey and band
Natalie Dajski and Band
Musos Club Band with Sara Shaw on Vocals
Stokes-Nicholson Big Band
Downtown Dixie Jazz Band
Aquapella Choir
Stage Door Theatre Restaurant
Mini & Maxi Magnetos (MI's junior drama groups)

At 5pm, when the sun begins to set over the bay the Hot Mambo Salsa Band assisted by Dancetime Studios kick off the Island's Community Salsa Dance and the organisers suggest people bring their dancing shoes - or bare feet as is often the case on Magnetic - plus a folding chair in case a rest is needed.

The party will continue till 9pm

Parking is limited in Horseshoe Bay - so why not catch the Bus! You can click (HERE) to check the timetable.

Raffle tickets are on sale throughout the Festival with a great variety of prizes and the organisers were keen to thank the following donors and sponsors for assisting them to ensure that the Festival is a financial success and so they can plan a bigger Bay Day for 2008!

Those donors and sponsors are:

Queensland Government - Arts Queensland (Regional Arts Development Fund)
Magnetic Island Community Development Association
Magnetic Island Musicians Club
Fantasea Cruising Magnetic
Townsville City Council
Magnetic Island Bus Service
Magnetic Island Transport
Xerox Business Services
Bungalow Bay Koala Village
Ergon Energy

To add your comment, see below

Get ready for Bay Day
September 21st 2007
Bad Day is right, haven't they realised it is Grand Final Day!!!
September 21st 2007
Bay Day was dreamed up last January and an application for some funding support was prepared in early Feb. Our first consideration was, "what else is on on the Island?" (noting that the Great Tropical Jazz Party moved this year to avoid clashing with the Greek Festival and Octoberfest). So, next consideration was "what's on in town?" That doesn't leave too many winter/spring weekend dates free. Then we thought, "What would help the Island's tourism business with more Townsville visitation?" School holidays are always a favourite as town is booked with visiting families. But to predict last February that we may well be cheering our Cowboys in the Final did slip past us. Picking a winning date at this busy end of year really is like looking for the needle in the haystack. The Final only overlaps with the last hour and half of Bay Day so we hope that everyone will come down for some of the day.

What do you think? Send us your comments.

Readers comments
Syl Hayes In reply to Fair raises $15,000 for school
What a wonderful outcome for the school! I had a great time face-painting with Luke and Sasha, met lots of kids and parents,scored some great books at the Trash n Treasure stall, and even remembered to vote. Everywhere you looked people were enjoying themselves...such a tribute to the organisers. Well done!
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