19 April 2024

Nine things to do in the regions this week (19 - 25 April)

| Claire Sams
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Jazz musician Wilbur Whitta is returning to his roots in Braidwood for an April concert. Photo: Sonic Sound.

We’ve hit autumn, but there’s no need to slow down and stay indoors. Don’t know where to start with your plans for the coming week? Stomp Festival and Bungendore Harvest Festival are back, there’s a showing of Jurassic Park in Goulburn, a live music recording session – and much more.

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Ruth holds preserves in bottles and stands in front of blackboard menu reading Scrumpers Kitchen.

The Bungendore Harvest Festival is back for another year to feed our stomachs – and our community. Photo: Lucy Ridge.

Bungendore Harvest Festival

When: 19 to 21 April, various times
Where: Locations in and around Bungendore
Cost: Cost depends on the event, with more information available via Southern Harvest Association’s website.

Have you wondered who grows or makes the food and drinks that we consume? Bungendore Harvest Festival is back for another year to showcase producers from across Capital Country. The Bungendore Harvest Festival will launch with a dinner at Scrumpers Kitchen on Friday evening (19 April), with the festival to also include a wine launch, cooking demonstrations, farm tours and a market day featuring a pavilion display from Bungendore Show Society. Last year was a big one for Southern Harvest Association – they transitioned from a market to a community owned co-operative, with the change inspiring the festival’s theme: ‘Co-operative Food’. Head along to learn about the region’s food systems – and of course, eat and drink!

Riverina artist Carol Slattery

PICTURES and THINGS is Riverina artist Carol Slattery’s first solo exhibition. Photo: Chris Roe.

PICTURES and THINGS exhibition

When: 5 April to 30 April, 8 am to 5 pm (Monday to Thursday), 8 am to 8 pm (Fridays), 9 am to 3 pm (Saturdays) or 10 am to 2 pm (Sunday)
Where: The Curious Rabbit, 44 Johnston Street, Wagga Wagga
Cost: Free entry.

A resident of Wagga Wagga for 45 years, Carol Slattery’s work appears regularly in exhibitions and art shows around the Riverina. She retired from Wagga City Library in 2016, and focused on her art. PICTURES and THINGS is her first solo exhibition, featuring a collection of assembled curiosities and her distinctive textile collages. Her works combine vintage dolls, tools and brass odds and ends collected within a frame or box.

Two people walking in a vineyard

Check out events at more than 20 wineries around the region. Photo: Stomp Festival.

Stomp Festival 2024

When: 20 to 21 April
Where: Various locations around the Canberra wine district; see program
Cost: Ticket prices vary depending on the event and are available online.

The Stomp Festival is coming back for another showcase of what the Canberra wine region has to offer after it launched last year! The festival has been organised by the Canberra District Wine Industry Association, and sees more than 20 wineries participate, with lunches, chocolate and wine tastings, drawing classes, game competitions and more.


Isabel Darling working on her film

Isabel Darling directing her film The Carnival, which is the story of Bells Amusements. Photo: Supplied.

CANCELLED: Moonlight Movie: The Carnival

When: 20 April, 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden, Deep Creek Dam Road, Batemans Bay
Cost: Tickets cost $17 and are available via eventbrite (bookings are needed by 20 April).

UPDATE 1:30 pm: The moonlight movie ‘The Carnival’ has been cancelled,” a spokesperson for the Botanic Garden said.

The Carnival is a documentary by filmmaker Isabel Darling. Filmed over six years, it tells the story of Bells Amusements. The travelling carnival moves across the country – from Batemans Bay to Darwin and back again – along with trucks, rides and staff, bringing smiles and laughter to communities. Moviegoers can bring a picnic rug to sit on and some snacks to enjoy on the night. Note: The film contains strong language.

Man playing piano

This performance – featuring jazz musician Wilbur Whitta – is set to be a treat for the ears. Photo: Sonic Sound.

Wildfire Jazz Quartet performance

When: 20 April, 2 to 3:15 pm
Where: St Andrews Anglican Church, 47 Elrington Street, Braidwood
Cost: Tickets cost between $35 and $40 (plus booking fee) and are available via Humanitix.

A jazz quartet is coming to Braidwood for the start of the 2024 Braidwood Concert series. Wildfire features Tom Avgenicos (trumpet), Jack Stoneham (alto saxophone), Alex Inman-Hislop (drums), alongside Wilbur Whitta (piano and keyboards) who was born in the region and is the grandson of the late environmentalist Paul Dan. The band will perform Wilbur’s compositions and some of their favourite traditional jazz pieces.


A banner for the event

Treat your mother in this themed version of the monthly market. Image: The Queanbeyan Market/Facebook.

The Queanbeyan Mother’s Day Market

When: 21 April, 9 am to 2 pm
Where: Queanbeyan Showground, Glebe Street, Queanbeyan
Cost: Free entry.

If you’re looking to pick up a gift ahead of Mother’s Day for the special women in your life, this is the perfect chance! The monthly market is being held to celebrate them, after all. Purchases over $5 come with a free entry into a Mother’s Day raffle.

A still from the movie showing the entrance to the fictional park

Enter the park – if you dare! Photo: Still from Jurassic Park (directed by Steven Spielberg, 1993).

Jurassic Park screening

When: 21 April, 4 to 6 pm
Where: Goulburn Performing Arts Centre, 163 Auburn Street, Goulburn
Cost: Tickets cost between $5 and $15 (plus booking fee) and are available via the Performing Arts Centre’s website.

Jurassic Park is the latest film for Southern Tablelands Arts’ Film Group, which is bringing international and locally made award-winning films to Goulburn and Dalton. In Jurassic Park, Doctor John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) opens a zoo/theme park on a remote Pacific island housing dinosaurs, brought to life using DNA extracted from fossils. Things heat up when five visitors come for a visit and a power failure puts them in danger.

A man in double denim standing outside

This is your chance to be involved in the recording of an album by folk-rock musician Heath Cullen and his band. Photo: Chris Strother Photography.

Heath Cullen: Live Recording Concert

When: 21 April, from 3 pm
Where: Indoor Windsong Pavilion, 17 Four Winds Road, Barragga Bay
Cost: Tickets cost between $35 and $45 (children aged 16 and under have free entry) and are available via Four Winds’ website.

Experience an album like never before in this live recording. Singer-songwriter Heath Cullen is stopping by the Windsong Pavilion along with his band to perform reimagined versions of his older works. They will also debut new music, developed during his week-long residency at Four Winds. A food truck and bar will also be on hand for everyone to enjoy!

The five band members standing together

The Australian band is coming together to mark 25 years since their debut album. Photo: Taxiride/Facebook.

Taxiride – 25th Anniversary Tour show

When: 21 April, from 5:45 pm (doors open and food service begins) for the show to start at 6:30 pm
Where: Tallagandra Hill Winery, 1692 Murrumbateman Road, Gundaroo
Cost: Tickets for two people cost $64.40 (they are available as a minimum booking of two) and are available via eventbrite.

October 1999 saw the Australian release of Imaginate, Taxiride’s debut album, when it debuted at number 1 on the Australian album charts. In 2024, the band are coming back with a revitalised live show. They will take to the stage with the band’s hits, plus a fresh take on fan and band favourites. Attendees will be able to purchase Tallagandra Hill wines, local beers and soft drinks, and food will be available to purchase on the night. Each booking has a minimum of two. The show is part of Tallagandra Hill’s We Love Local program, supporting local Australian artists and producers.

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