Vive la Masquerade

Nicole Bechard, Leonie Thompson and Bea Wicks-Kaandorp. 203089 Picture: ROB CAREW

By Jed Lanyon

Come masked and ready to dine as Bonjour Yarra Valley hosts a Valentine’s Day Masked Soiree.

The French social group invites locals to enjoy a little bit of European culture with a two-course meal and entertainment from Melbourne-based performer Stella Hennequin and DJ Queen B.

Ms Thompson invites locals young and old to take part and to make sure they bring their mask.

“Masquerades were a place, where young people could go and meet their lovers without other people could see what’s going on or see who they were. We just wanted to bring something exciting and something different,” said event organiser Leonie Thompson.

“We want to celebrate Valentine’s Day and bring a bit of French flair and the opportunity to do something a bit different, so we’ve made it a masked soiree.”

Nicole Bechard, another Bonjour Yarra Valley member, said she is looking forward to evoking some community spirit from locals.

“The French are very good at doing things in their villages and communities and I think this is a really lovely community here. It’s about getting people to get together to enjoy song and dance.”

The Valentine’s Day Masked Soiree will take place on Saturday 15 February at the Warburton Golf Club. For more information and to book tickets, visit:

For more information about Bonjour Yarra Valley, visit or call 0406 070 097.

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