28 July 2022

Nine things to do in the region this week (29 July - 6 August)

| Evelyn Karatzas
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Damien Leith and Darren Coggan

Damien Leith and Darren Coggan are performing this Saturday in Goulburn. Photo: Darren Coggan, Facebook.

There are plenty of fun things to do in the region this week including comedy shows, live music performances, truffle dinners, art classes and breakfast events.

On Friday, Lee Honey will be talking about her life, inspirations and work at Batemans Bay Library, there’s a comedy night at Bean Central and Sugar and Cream is performing in Queanbeyan.

To kick off the weekend there’s a truffle dinner in Wamboin, Damien Leith and Darren Coggan will be performing John Lennon and Paul McCartney classics and the five-piece Canberra group Escapado is performing in Yass.

To end the week, there’s a seaweed art class in Batemans Bay, Benji Fowler is performing in Tilba and Bungonia is holding their weekly community breakfast.


Lee Honey's artwork

A piece from Lee Honey’s artwork series I Already Miss You, which showcases a combination of found and hand-painted images. Photo: Lee Honey, Instagram.

Artist Talk: Lee Honey

When: Friday 29 July, 5:45 pm – 7 pm
Where: Batemans Bay Library, Hanging Rock Pl, Batemans Bay NSW
Cost: Free entry, register here.

As an artist for almost 20 years, Lee Honey is known for making unique collages out of found objects. In 2004, she decided to create works that reflected upon climate change by cutting up maps and highlighting the coastlines and sea level rise. Join Lee as she talks about her life, work and inspiration.

Bean central comedy night

Have a giggle at Bean Central this Friday from 7 pm. Photo: Bean Central.

Comedy at Bean Central

When: Friday 29 July, 7 pm – 9 pm
Where: Bean Central, 111 Monaro St, Queanbeyan
Cost: Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased here.

Bean Central is back with their weekly comedy night this Friday. This week’s lineup includes Sharkie Dee, Cy Fahey, Cameron Ribbon, Tina Zaman of Tight 5 Comedy, Laura Johnston, Chris Marlton and MC Nicole Seifert. Each comedian will have you in stitches with diverse humour, dark jokes and skits. At the end of the show, they will all participate in Comedy Improv – a 10-minute skit comedy experiment in which the audience will get the opportunity to participate…


Sugar and Cream is coming to Queanbeyan for an evening of free live music. Photo: Sugar and Cream, Facebook.

RHQ Live Music Night: Sugar and Cream

When: Friday 29 July, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: Royal Hotel Queanbeyan, 85 Monaro St, Queanbeyan
Cost: Free entry.

Sugar and Cream is set to take the stage this Friday night at the Royal Hotel to offer free live music. Grab your friends and family, enjoy a nice pub dinner and take in a mix of original songs and reggae, R&B and country music covers.


Hands holding truffles

Contentious Character in Wamboin is holding a special Gala dinner as part of the Truffle Festival. Photo: Gabbiere.

Contentious Character Gala Truffle Dinner

When: Saturday 30 July, 7 pm – 10 pm
Where: Contentious Character, 810 Norton Road, Wamboin
Cost: Tickets are $160 pp and can be purchased here.

Contentious Character in Wamboin is back with their annual Truffle Gala Dinner. Get set for all-things-truffle including a chef’s customised menu and a few surprises as well. Wayne from Blue Frog Truffles will talk about the ups and downs of the season and unearthing these fascinating and coveted edible subterranean fungi.

Flyer for music show

Damien Leith & Darren Coggan will perform John Lennon’s and Paul McCartney’s greatest hits. Photo: GPAC.

Two of Us – The Songs of Lennon and McCartney

When: Saturday 30 July, 8 pm
Where: Goulburn Performing Arts Centre, 163 Auburn Street, Goulburn
Cost: Tickets are from $65 and can be purchased here.

Two of Australia’s most applauded performers, Damien Leith and Darren Coggan come together to perform classic hits from two iconic music legends, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Damien and Darren will transport the audience back in time to hear the timeless songs of Lennon and McCartney with just a guitar, a piano and two voices in an intimate, acoustic performance.

Live band

Escapado is performing this Saturday night in Yass. Photo: Canberra Blues Society.

Escapado @ Yazzbar— Canberra Blues Society

When: Saturday 30 July, 7:30 pm – 10 pm
Where: Yazzbar, 81 Comur Street, Yass
Cost: Free entry, to book a table text Deb on 0434 105 119.

Comprised of five talented Canberra musicians, Escapado will bring elements of soul, blues, funk and country music to this live set. Bringing new life to old songs and performing originals as well, this night will be full of good vibes, fun and laughter.


seaweed art

Learn how to create your own seaweed art in Batemans Bay this weekend. Photo: Eventbrite.

Seaweed Art Workshop – Learn How To Press Seaweed

When: Sunday 31 July, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Where: Batemans Bay Pavilion, 12 Vesper Street, Batemans Bay, Australia
Cost: Tickets are $85.49 and can be purchased here.

Hit the newly built Batemans Bay Pavilion for this mindful artistic experience. Participants will immerse themselves in the history of seaweed art and make their own to take home. The event will examine the Indigenous history of seaweed in Australia and different local species. Tickets include a complimentary drink on arrival and light refreshments, including some local golden kelp.

Man paddling in a vessel on water

Benji has performed all around Australia at various music festivals. Photo: Benji Fowler Facebook.

Sunday Arvo Session – Benji Fowler

When: Sunday 31 July, 1 pm – 5 pm
Where: Dromedary Hotel, 14 Bate Street, Central Tilba
Cost: Free entry.

Benji’s music encompasses hypnotic soundscapes, catchy melodies and beautifully poignant lyrics, combining pacific flavours with sounds of the Australian East Coast. Having performed at myriad festivals including Woodford Folk, National Folk, Sydney Blues and Illawarra Folk, don’t miss him live in Tilba.

Family at breakfast table

Bungonia residents about to tuck into a big breakfast in the community hall. Photo: Moira McGinity.

Bungonia Sunday Breakfast

When: Sunday 31 July, 9 am – 11 am
Where: Bungonia Community Hall, 42 King Street, Bungonia
Cost: Free entry, breakfast items from $4.

This Sunday the Bungonia Cafe, run by the Bungonia Progress Association and other local volunteers, will host a not-for-profit breakfast with all funds going towards keeping the community hall open – cementing its reputation as the most important meal of the day. Expect delicious country cooking at bargain prices including an English big breakfast for $9, bacon and egg roll for $5, pancakes with maple syrup, cream, jam and butter for $4 and barista coffee for $4.

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