18 August 2023

Nine things to do in the regions this week (18 - 24 August)

| Claire Sams
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A woman in a white shirt holding a glass of honey

Honey Merchant’s Jessica Locarnini is Australia’s only working honey sommelier – and she’s hosting some sweet events this weekend. Photo: Simon Schluter.

This week there will be an ABBA-themed dinner show taking to the stage in Wagga Wagga and the start of an inaugural Canberra Region Honey Weekend. But entries in the Mayor’s Writing Competition are closing soon, so get your entries in quick!

The Blues at the Kinema series also returns on Friday. Saturday will see the first heat for the Valley Vibes Music Competition at Cobargo Youth Fest, a mid-year concert from dancers and a film festival.

Finishing the weekend is a meeting of the Snowy Valleys Warhammer Club in Tumut to paint tiny soldiers, while Queanbeyan Showground will again host some markets.

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Eurobodalla Shire Mayor standing next to last year's winner.

Eurobodalla Mayor Mathew Hatcher with last year’s writing competition winner, Bella Morris from Batemans Bay High. Photo: Eurobodalla Shire Council.

Mayor’s Writing Competition

When: Entries are due by 5 pm on 25 August
Where: Eurobodalla Shire
Cost: Free entry.

Entries are almost closed on the annual Mayor’s Writing Competition. Open to those aged five to 18 in Eurobodalla Shire, entries can be in the form of poems, essays or short stories. But they must be inspired by the theme of ‘change.

A man in beekeeping gear holding honeycomb

Head beekeeper at Parliament House Cormac Farrell with bees (and honey) in hand. Photo: Supplied.

Canberra Region Honey Weekend

When: 18 to 20 August, various times
Where: Locations in Gundaroo, Canberra and Murrumbateman
Cost: Tickets cost $85 to $89 (depending on the event), and are available through eventbrite.

Jessica Locarnini of Honey Merchant is Australia’s only working honey sommelier, but she’s sharing the sweet news with the rest of us in this inaugural event. Also including Yass apiarist and owner of Nemori Honey Bees, Cristian Gorton, the three-day event will give regional residents a chance to try honey from local producers. All sessions are two hours long and include a grazing board.

A landscaped poster for the event

This show combines music, dinner and a good cause! Photo: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre/Facebook.

Mama Mia: The ABBA Tribute Dinner Show

When: 19 August and 26 August; doors open from 6 pm, dinner from 6:30 pm and show from about 7:30 pm
Where: The Gardens Cafe and Function Centre, Botanic Gardens, 43 Tom Wood Drive, Wagga Wagga
Cost: Tickets cost $115 (covering dinner and show) and are available via the Civic Theatre’s website (show-only tickets are available by contacting the Specialist Medical Resources Foundation on 0439 779 881 or [email protected]).

ABBA is a band that needs no introduction – and a tribute show is coming to Wagga Wagga for a good cause. Proceeds will be donated to the Specialist Medical Resources Foundation, a charity that provides non-government funded specialist medical equipment to Wagga Wagga residents. The show goes for two and a half hours, so put your feet up and enjoy the music!


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Geoff Achison will take to the stage in Narooma, supported by Tony Jaggers. Photo: Supplied.

Geoff Achison in Blues at the Kinema

When: 18 August, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
Where: Narooma Kinema, 94 Campbell Street, Narooma
Cost: Tickets cost $40 (when purchased online), or $45 (at the door).

The Blues at the Kinema series is returning! Organised by the Narooma School of Arts, the crowd gathered on Friday will watch (and of course listen to) blues-roots guitarist Geoff Achison, supported by Tony Jaggers. There will also be dinner options (with a vegan and vegetarian option), alongside beer, wine and cocktails for sale.


A shirtless young man with white and brown paint on his torso and face at night

An image from Bangay Lore, one of the 2023 finalists in the Far South Coast Film Festival. Photo: Bangay Lore.

Far South Coast Film Festival

When: 19 August, 10 am to 6:30 pm (between the two venues)
Where: The Picture Show Man Cinema, 80 Main Street Merimbula; The Twyford, corner of Market and Beach Streets, Merimbula (entry via the Beach Street door)
Cost: Tickets cost between $0 and $60 (depending on event chosen and size of group) and are available via Trybooking.

Regional cinema will be under the spotlight when the Far South Coast Film Festival returns for its fourth year in 2023. Films from 14 finalists will be played at in-person screenings, made by new entrants and returning filmmakers. There will also be several prizes up for grabs, including a people’s choice award. Break out the popcorn!

A black-and-white photo of a ballerina in a tutu

Dancers from Goulburn and Tahmoor will perform. Photo: Industry Dance Co. Goulburn/Facebook.

Industry Dance Co Mid Year Concert

When: 19 August, 2 to 5:15 pm
Where: Goulburn Performing Arts Centre, 163 Auburn Street, Goulburn
Cost: Tickets cost from $32 and are available via Goulburn Performing Arts Centre’s website.

Industry Dance Co. Goulburn and Tahmoor have combined for their first ever showcase. If you’re a fan of solo performance, cheer, hip-hop or really any kind of dance, this is something to check out!

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Keen on some fun with your mates? Check this out on Saturday! Photo: Cobargo Green Recovery Inc./Facebook.

Cobargo Youth Fest

When: 19 August, from 11 am
Where: Cobargo Skatepark, 12 Park Street, Cobargo
Cost: Free entry.

The Cobargo Youth Fest will be a day filled with live music, prizes, basketball games, as well as a barbecue to keep everyone fed! It will also see the first heat of the Valley Vibes Music Competition. The winners from the heats will go head-to-head at the finals in September, as part of the Valley Vibes Youth Festival. If you’re interested in making your way to Cobargo, a dedicated bus schedule is available on council’s website.


A photo of a banner for the markets

The monthly markets are back for August, if you can brave the winter chill. Photo: The Queanbeyan Market/Facebook.

August Queanbeyan Market

When: 20 August, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Queanbeyan Showgrounds, Glebe Avenue, Queanbeyan
Cost: Free entry.

Father’s Day is approaching, and this is your chance to snap up something nice for the important men in your life. What’s on offer? Adult fidgets, food, scrunchies, candles, hand-crafted Australian spirits and myriad more goods, as the market settles into its new home after a recent move to the Queanbeyan Showgrounds.

A landscaped poster for the event

Warhammer is (literally) the name of the game in this gathering. Photo: Snowy Valleys Warhammer Club/Facebook.

Brews and Sprues

When: 20 August, 11 am
Where: Tumut Brewery, 1 Capper Street, Tumut
Cost: Free entry.

Whether you’re a Warhammer fan already or you’re handy with a paintbrush, this is something to check out. For the first time, the Snowy Valley Warhammer Club has reserved a room in the brewery and organised a painting day. The club will provide paints, or participants can bring their own. So head to Tumut Brewery, have a drink of something yummy, and get to painting (and if you’re new, you can take home your own miniature at no cost)!

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