We just had a make over thanks to Tanya from Batdesign in Frankston
The lure of catching up with one of my senior stars is what kicked off a boozy weekend.
It’s been a while since I’ve drunk myself silly in 24 hours, but I had to make a few sacrifices for the greater good!
So the first wine started at Gail Dudeck’s garden party, I was in serious reporter mode but the conversation started flowing and I ended up sharing quite a few yarns over a few drinks.
It’s really nice just to chill and some of the best conversations always happen when you don’t expect them.
As always it’s a bit awkward being the youngest person in the garden but then everyone forgets about age and starts to open up.
Having a gander at the ladies gossip reminded me of my friends and how we would catch up over coffee.
There was laughter and lots of giggling they were chatting about the latest at the U3A, first loves and their husbands being in the boys club.
I brought out the Celebrate Living History of Frankston portfolio so they could have a look at some of the old photographs.
Some of the seniors remembered seeing Miss Frankton in her prime and chatted about how it was a shame we don’t dress up for special events at the beach now.
They talked about fashion and how some ladies don’t leave a lot to the imagination, somehow along the way inches were shortened and we started to reveal more and more.
As always I asked my favorite question “If you could turn back time what advice would you tell your younger self?”
One of my best answers was from Elizabeth Alexander who said “To not worry, when your young you worry all the time.”
This hit a chord with me later in the night where I was out celebrating my birthday at a nightclub with my friend Kate.
It was a stark contrast to a garden party with music blaring and 18 year-olds on the dance floor!
One of the dancers looked really uncomfortable while she looked pretty; she kept tugging at her skirt then pulling down her top.
She looked really awkward, she was smiling at her friends but once they glanced away she just looked worried.
If only Elizabeth could have been in the room I’m sure she would have told her to wear a different outfit, stop worrying and enjoy being in the moment.
Sometimes we worry about the little things in life and don’t realise its the moment that counts!
Victoria, Sue and Elizabeth
Gail and friends
My Birthday celebrations
“To not worry, I worried all the time, I think why did I worry a thosand times, when your young you worry all the time,
“Accept yourself as you are,” Elizabeth Alexander
“Experience brings a lot, I think I would relax more and have more faith in myself. Listening is better than talking, you learn a lot!,” Sue Mair
The past year has been building up to this exact moment! Celebrate Living History is an official not-for-profit community enterprise!
Welcome to the world Celebrate Living History Australia Inc., I am so happy to meet you and I can’t wait to work with you to continue connecting with students and seniors!
It has been a long but amazing journey so far, I had no idea 12 months ago this would be the direction I was heading into.
If you had asked me a year ago what a social enterprise was I would have looked at you very strangely.
I would have thought why do I need to know this and what the hell that’s going to be a lot of hard work to create!
From not knowing very much to knowing a hell of a lot I have hounded the experts for advice and buried myself in many books to get to this level.
Its funny I feel like I gave birth to Celebrate Living History and now it has a life of its own, it’s walking, talking and even has a whole bunch of seniors already asking when is the next Celebrate Living History exhibition?
Many thought I was nuts but I think I’ve proved if you believe in what you do then anything is possible.
I hope 2013 is the beginning of a vibrant future for Celebrate Living History and I am so excited to get cracking on what we do best!
The youthful spark of an aging rocker is what made me curious to see what drew hundreds to see his show.
Despite his age Neil Young had his fans lined up hours before the show to score the best spot in the mosh pit!
It was reminiscent to teenagers gushing over One Direction there was cheerful chatter and a kind of a lets throw my undies at him atmosphere.
I would have loved to see Neil in his prime, I’m sure many ladies would have screamed their lungs out!
After the warm up act, Neil swaggered on a stage that breathed hippy era suddenly the slow haunting sound of A Day in the Life echoed through the theater.
It was kind of creepy but the audience loved it, it made me think if we were transported back to the 1960s how many of his fans would have been listening to his music swaying and dreaming of the future.
I often daydream in my little spot and I imaged the audience in the 1960s they would not be sitting they would be creating havoc at Woodstock.
They would be dancing, they would be totally and utterly silly but they would have been having the time of their lives.
They would be wearing tie-dye draped in blankets but most of all it made me realise that everyone was young at one time in their life.
While my body was in the theater I was in a colorful place imaging another world where Neil was a massive rock star wooing the ladies in his flannel shirts and maybe some tight leather pants.
Until my imagination was shattered when I was told to go on break! The bright fluro lights hit me and I saw a rowdy senior arguing with the security staff.
I felt sorry for the security guard but had a little giggle, they may be old but they still know how to create havoc!
My name is Bev and my dream is to celebrate stories of seniors for future generations. I want to create a student internship program which will connect seniors and students by documenting stories for exhibitions and publications.
I believe everyone is a senior star and should be celebrated.