by Espie Johnston


NIGHT MARKET my husband and I went to the Night Market during the Wine Week which was held in Robertson Park in the heart of Orange CBD. There were 44 stalls in the market serving the best of Orange local produce and cool wines. There were lots of communal tables and chairs but the place was packed. Lots of people were sitting on the grass eating while enjoying the music played by the local entertainment. The band was good singing old school music. The event attracted a large crowd at least evening. Wine purchased for take away purposes was not to be opened in the park however, you could buy glasses of wine from the local vendors to drink there and on entrance to the venue people were asked for a gold coin donation. It was very well organized and everything went smoothly. 



Espie Johnston at the Night Market





My congratulations to the President of Young and District Multicultural Association Inc. Josie Johnson who organized the multicultural celebration recently and it was indeed a big success, well done!



(l-r) Front row: Eduarda Huelmo, Espie Johnston; back row: Teresita Ferraro, Teresita De Guzman

and a member of Young and District Multicultural Association


The town of Young celebrated the Multicultural event last November 2, 2013. The crowd gathered at Catherine McCauley Centre Auditorium for the Young and District End of Year Celebration. People came from as far as Canberra, Wagga Wagga, Sydney, Bathurst, Blayney, Orange, Temora, Cowra, Grenfell, Yass, Cootamundra, Boorowa, Harder and Young. The Official guests were Mayor Stuart  Freudenstein of Young and his wife Lyn Freudenstein along with the Young clan and residents of the Southern Cross aparment. It was emceed by Helenie Carmody secretary of YADMA. People from different cultures who attended the celebration prepared the authentic food; hot and cold in which they shared with members offering cold and hot drinks available through out. Food was plentiful and beautiful. It was indeed a very organized event from the beginning through the end.


Following the meal the president Josie Johnson welcomed the guests, members and those who travelled far.

The performers were the following :
Philippine Dance Troup Canberra dancing “GUSO”
Esperanza Johnston Song “DAHIL SA IYO”
Allison Mcleen performed “ Egyptian Belly Dancing”
Ameera Hamze performed “ Lebanese Belly Dancing”
Rowena Gonzaga Turnbull performed “ Spanish Dance”
Philippine Dance Troup Canberra dance “ Subli”
Song by Mark Brooker with Muliticultural theme..
Followed by dessert and raffle draw.

Second half of the program began with the following performers:
Youth Of The Rise ..performed by Philippine Community of Young.
“Pakky” performed New Zealand song
Robyn Russell song “ Eye Of The Tiger”
Parade of costumes from different nationalities
The most heartfelt finale was Mark Brooker singing John Williamson song “ We are Australian”

Lyrics with the choir of Southern cross and YADMA members and performing guests in cultural costume singing the chorus “ we are one”
The appreciation awards were given out and presented by Mayor Stuart Freudenstein and Tina Caravello. The YADMA appreciate the support of the Young retirement village management for the venue. Thank you Young and District Multicultural Association Inc. for the hospitality and genorosity.

The YADMA Annual General Meeting will be held in February 2014. Members of Young and District Multicultural Association Inc..



Seated: Mrs Lyn Freudenstein and Mr Stuart Freudenstein the Mayor of Young.

Standing; Canberra’s Philippine dance Troup and Espie Johnston.


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Members of Young and District Multicultural Ass.

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