Medowie’s newest venue opens its doors with official grand opening Port Stephens Port Stephens News by News Of The Area - Modern Media - June 2, 2021 Ben and Charlie Way, the owners of Medowie Social. Photo: Tara Campbell. MEDOWIE welcomed its newest venue to the area with an official grand opening on 29 May 2021, just months after business commenced. Medowie Social is a new restaurant and venue owned by Charlie and Ben Way, locals to the area who have a passion for community spirit and creating a family-friendly environment. The official opening of Medowie Social commenced with Worimi elder, Uncle John Ridgeway performing the Little Worimi song and introducing the event with a heartfelt Welcome To Country. Advertise with News of The Area today. It’s worth it for your business. Message us. Phone us – (02) 4981 8882. Email us – [email protected] A sacred smoking ceremony took place as visitors crowded around the venue with many children huddled to their parents being educated about the significance of the ceremony. Mayor Ryan Palmer took a moment to address all the attendees, welcoming the ‘new community hub’. “This club was conceived in the mid 1980s and we’re standing here in 2021 with this amazing facility here in Medowie. “Throughout COVID we were looking at many options for the club. “We had our plans, but to find the right operator was a journey in itself. “I believe we’ve got the best operators that we possibly can and I know that Charlie and Ben will do an amazing job with this facility.” Mr Palmer continued with his short speech, emphasising the community benefit for a club such as Medowie Social. “I have young children and I know that Medowie is a community that is full of families and that’s what this club is all about, it’s a community facility.” Councillor Chris Doohan said, “I’m so proud to be officially opening Medowie Social. “I’ve worked so hard for this facility for over 10 years, and it was actually the reason I put my hand up to be on the Council in the first place. “The success of the facility will ultimately be driven by the community and it seems so far success is a walk in the park. “I couldn’t be prouder to leave something like this as my legacy for our wonderful town of Medowie,” he said. The afternoon was filled with smiles by all, despite the cold and windy day. Charlie and Ben Way, as well as the whole Medowie Social team, created the first of many community events. With jumping castles, face painting, sack races and live music by Megan Snow and of course, lots of food and drinks, the grand opening had something to entertain everyone in the family. The venue is now officially open with trading from Wednesday to Sunday. By Tara CAMPBELL Worimi Man, Lee Ridgeway performing a Sacred Smoking Ceremony. Photo: Tara Campbell. Charlie Way and Mayor Ryan Palmer cutting the ribbon. Photo: Tara Campbell.