1 September 2023

Nine things to do in the regions this week (1 - 7 September)

| Claire Sams
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Two actors leaning over a table mid-performance

The production was based on a favourite children’s book series for many, but it’s fair to say young and old will have a blast. Photo: Goulburn Performing Arts Centre/Facebook.

We are in spring and there’s plenty of events planned as the weather warms up again.

Snowboarding puts a twist on the traditional ‘bush doof’ at Thredbo, while a stage production in Goulburn will appeal to young and old. A still life art exhibition is open this week in Cowra, with a special event on Saturday afternoon.

Also on Saturday, a march in recognition of young veterans will be held on the South Coast, while the Winter Breaker Country Party is returning to the Steampacket Hotel Nelligen. And on Sunday, if you’re looking to treat the men in your lives, there are Father’s Day events at the Royal Hotel Queanbeyan and Willinga Park. Sunday will also see the return of Kitefest for some family-friendly fun.

Multiple days

A landscape banner for the event

Keen on a ‘bush doof’ in the snow? Photo: Thredbo Resort/Facebook.

Bush Doof hosted by Tess Coady

When: 1 and 2 September, various times and locations
Where: Thredbo Resort, Thredbo Village, Thredbo
Cost: Free entry.

Two days of snowboarding and then a party to finish it all off sounds like just what the doctor ordered. Hosted by Olympic bronze medalist Tess Coady, the snowboarding will feature a range of male and female snowboarders ready to show off their skills. The party will then run from 4 to 7 pm on Saturday and feature L D R U, with an after-party to follow.

Two actors mid-performance

This is a production you really can’t afford to miss. Photo: Goulburn Performing Arts Centre/Facebook.

Just Live on Stage! production

When: 7 and 8 September, various times
Where: Goulburn Performing Arts Centre, 163 Auburn Street, Goulburn
Cost: Tickets cost from $15 and can be purchased via Goulburn Performing Arts Centre’s website.

Red Line Productions is bringing a favourite children’s book series to the stage. The JUST! short story collection was written by Andy Griffiths and illustrated by Terry Denton, and sees Andy robbed each year in his school’s short story competition. In an attempt to win, Andy will partner with his friend Danny, love interest Lisa and his dog Sooty and give it everything he has.

A landscape banner for the exhibition, featuring work from Robyn Stacey on the left

Still life works are the focus of this exhibition. Photo: Cowra Regional Art Gallery/Facebook (with work by Robyn Stacey on the left).

Robyn Stacey: as still as life exhibition

When: 27 August to 1 October, from 10 am to 4 pm (open Tuesday to Saturday) and 10 am to 2 pm (on Sunday) (overall exhibition); 2 September, 2 to 4 pm (exhibition launch and curator talk)
Where: Cowra Regional Art Gallery, 77 Darling Street, Cowra
Cost: Free entry, with registration for the launch via eventbrite.

Still life works are the focus of this exhibition, with Robyn Stacey’s work exhibited alongside other artworks from MGA’s collection, including works by Max Dupain, Joachim Froese, Christine Godden, Janina Green, Fiona Hall, George J Morris, Michael Riley, Anne Zahalka and others. Additionally, the Museum of Australian Photography’s director and the exhibition’s curator Anouska Phizacklea will be in Cowra on 2 September to launch the exhibition.


A poster showing music set times for the event

This party, which celebrates Australian country music, is returning to the Steampacket Hotel. Photo: NelliJam Music Festival/Facebook.

Winter Breaker Country Party

When: 2 September, 11:30 am to 11 pm
Where: Steampacket Hotel Nelligen, 963 Kings Highway, Nelligen
Cost: Tickets cost between $5 and $155 (depending on age and ticket selected) and are available via Humanitix.

There are limited tickets for your chance to dance the day and night away in Nelligen. The party is returning to the recently renovated Steampacket Hotel, and set to feature the best of Australian country music. This is a cashless event, with no ATM on site.

Brigadier (retired) Suzanne Melotte, who addressed the crowd on Anzac Day 2023

Brigadier (retired) Suzanne Melotte, who addressed the crowd on Anzac Day 2023, will also address those who gather in September. Photo: Moruya RSL.

Young veteran march

When: 2 September, from 10:55 am (for an 11 am start)
Where: Start at Batemans Bay Police Station, 26 Orient Street, Batemans Bay
Cost: Free entry.

For the first time, the Batemans Bay, Tomakin, Moruya and Narooma RSL Sub-Branches will join and march together on Saturday morning, before Brigadier (retired) Suzanne Melotte addresses the gathered crowd. The march has been organised to recognise the service of veterans in recent conflicts and peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, East Timor and Solomon Islands.


A flyer for the event

Kites will take to the sky when this fun festival returns for 2023. Photo: Googong township/Facebook.

KiteFest 2023

When: 3 September, 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Rockley Oval, 15 Rockley Parade, Googong
Cost: Free entry.

A Googong favourite is returning in 2023! This year, a range of flying animals and other kites will be taking to the sky. The public are invited to bring a picnic to munch on as they watch the kites (and clouds) go by. Attendees can also bring along their own kites if they want to try their hand at flying them, and there will also be burgers and beer for sale and a music set performed by Runaround DJ’s Sue Freeman.

Two statues at the location

Take some time out for some lunch with a view at Willinga Park. Photo: Willinga Park/Facebook.

Father’s Day at Willinga Park

When: 3 September, 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Willinga Park, 134 Forster Drive, Bawley Point
Cost: Free entry.

Take Dad to a relaxed lunch. No bookings at the Bunker Cafe are required to enjoy their mouthwatering Father’s Day menu. There will also be local beers from Dangerous Ales Brewery, from Milton. Once you’re done eating, you can listen to Met Fa’oa performing live, or take a walk about Willinga Park’s gardens and sculptures.

Corn and various meats cooking on a spit

Treat Dad (and your stomach) with a churrasco barbecue lunch in Queanbeyan. Photo: Royal Hotel Queanbeyan/Facebook.

Father’s Day Grill

When: 3 September, noon to 6 pm (barbecue served at 12:30 pm)
Where: Royal Hotel Queanbeyan, 85 Monaro Street, Queanbeyan
Cost: Tickets cost $30 (for children) or $60 (for adults) and are available via the Royal Hotel Queanbeyan’s website.

Does a churrasco barbecue lunch sound good? This style of cooking sees the spiced meat and pineapple cooked on skewers over an open flame. The Royal Hotel’s bar will be open, and the first schooner for every dad will be on them. Live music will keep everyone entertained.

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