Shake off the pandemic blues at Cooma’s Country Roots and Blues music festival
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Ready to shake off the pandemic blues and get among good music, friends, family and food? Then the Cooma Country Roots and Blues music festival is just the event for you.  The live music festival will return for the third time to Centennial Park in Cooma this Sunday (15 November), from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, with award-winning musicians, markets and...
Sneaky UFOs sound good for gig at Lake George Winery
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Lake George Winery owners Sarah and Anthony McDougall said they may cast a sneaky glimpse skyward while Sneaky Sound System perform their 2006 hit 'UFO' at the winery on 14 November. "Lake George is renowned as a popular place for UFO sightings, so we can't wait to hear them sing that song in particular when they play," said Sarah ahead...
Forest on the edge of extinction needs your help
Environment
It was once termed a tree graveyard and certainly the 27-minute drive between Cooma and Berridale carries a silence that could be mistaken for a requiem. In this place on the Monaro – at the eastern edges of the heavily forested Snowy Mountains – lie remnants of once-wooded bushland which by civilisation and habitation, by axe, by saw, by hand...
Four Winds Spring Youth Music Festival will go ahead, but no live audience
Arts & Culture
The Four Winds Spring Youth Music Festival will go ahead as scheduled from 12-17 November, 2020, but without an audience. Social distancing rules and COVID-19 restrictions relating to singing and wind instruments mean the festival will take place in schools, but students participating will be recorded at the Windsong Pavilion. All recordings will be professionally created and made available online....
Farmers land on their feet at Burrill’s new markets
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Retired regional journalist Niree Creed is, with the help of Ulladulla Milton Lions Club, helping farmers in southeast NSW get back on their feet after a challenging year plagued by drought, bushfires, floods and an unprecedented pandemic. Niree fell in love with farming during her days as a reporter with ABC's half-hour regional television program, Cross Country. READ ALSO: SAS Australia...
Disaster artists: Australian creatives capture the fallout from 2020
Arts & Culture
From bushfires to floods to a pandemic that forced the country into lockdown, Australians have had their fair share of tragedy and tribulation in 2020. But as the country gathered together as one, no two experiences were alike. The Hero's Journey Art Prize 2020 from the aMBUSH Gallery became a way to help artists across Australia by encouraging them to...
Live music is back post-COVID-19 and gigs are selling out fast
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The NSW Government's Great Southern Nights initiative will see 1000 COVID-19-safe live musical performances held across the state during November, including at the Candelo General Store & Cafe, Thredbo Alpine Hotel, Narooma Golf Club and Navigate Arts in Tanja. Government funding subsidises ticket prices so venues of any size can host live music and adhere to COVID-19 regulations while ensuring artists...
Gundaroo Music Festival living on the wedge this weekend
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"A family that sings together stays together," say the Von Blake Singers, who are one of many local acts on the bill for a re-imagined version of the annual Gundaroo Music Festival this Saturday (24 October). Harold Von Blake is well known for his vocal versings in pub groups and at weddings, while his daughters Niamh and Imogene play multiple instruments...
The not-so-secret garden on Canberra’s doorstep
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In the NSW Southern Tablelands is a garden property once closed to all but the Australian gentry, but now open to the public once a year. The not-so-secret garden, Markdale, was once the Ashton family’s personal polo pitch, and later the work of acclaimed landscape designer Edna Walling. In 1920, Markdale was purchased by James Ashton, the Member for Goulburn...
Bayldon Ag’s field day with a socially distanced sideshow coming up
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Bayldon Ag's first field day will be held at the Queanbeyan Showground on Friday, 9 October and Saturday, 10 October, with Bell's Amusement's Sideshow on hand to entertain the kids. With the onset of COVID-19, there hasn't been a field day yet in 2020, and the Bayldon Ag team is determined to hold a COVID-19-safe event, with plenty of hand...
“It’s bloody good to be back” – the show goes on for the Bell family at Queanbeyan
Community
Being idle doesn't sit well with Elwin Bell. He is a born showman and for most of this year - like everyone else - he's been waiting for the pandemic to break. Bell's Amusements is synonymous with the show circuit in Australia, and this is the longest they haven't heard the chatter of children and adults inside a showground since...
Big Merino turns purple for Goulburn’s 69th Lilac Festival
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Goulburn’s iconic Big Merino will be lit purple for the October long weekend (3-5 October), despite the decision to cancel or move many 2020 Lilac Festival events online due to coronavirus. The city’s churches and businesses will also dress-up for the no-contact event, while lilac pansies and violas are already in bloom in Belmore Park. READ ALSO: Dean Cross to...
Dean Cross to repaint city in $20,000 Goulburn art exhibition
Arts & Culture
At the age of 25, Dean Cross had ticked off all the things he’d ever dreamed of in a career. The Indigenous Australian visual artist had travelled the world, performing in theatres in London's West End and New York as a contemporary dancer. Encouraged by a couple of niggling injuries, his thoughts turned to a second career in visual arts....
River of Art begins to flow, splashing colour and renewal
Arts & Culture
The River of Art festival runs from Friday, 18 September to Sunday, 27 September, and is an annual celebration that brings colour and renewal to the NSW South Coast, from Durras to Bermagui. The festival, which honours the South Coast’s creative arts scene, has been challenged by COVID-19 but not defeated by it, and still features many of the event's popular...
Bega council makes playground design child’s play
Community
Eden's kids are being encouraged to help design an inclusive playground through a COVIDSafe consultation which will be held at the existing Barclay Street skate park on Saturday 19 September from 10 am until noon. Bega Valley Shire Council says the shire's smallest residents will be able to help develop early concept designs for the playground, using NSW Government inclusive play...
Tailored help for bushfire victims wanting to rebuild
Community
Bega Valley Shire Council is expanding its bushfire recovery resources by introducing Pathway Home workshops and drop-in sessions in Eden and Cobargo later this month. The workshops are for people who are ready to plan for a new home, with recovery and rebuilding support being delivered at a pace unique to every affected resident. “The Pathway Home workshop will offer...
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