20 October 2023

Nine things to do in the regions this week (20 - 26 October)

| Claire Sams
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Stories from the Torres Strait will be front and centre - in Goulburn.

Stories from the Torres Strait will be front and centre – in Goulburn. Photo: Goulburn Performing Arts Centre/Facebook.

The southeast of the state always has a busy events calendar – here are some activities to get you started.

Productions of Oklahoma! and Waru – Journey of the Small Turtle will take you to the United States and the Torres Strait, respectively. Meanwhile, Saturday will see a screening of Where the Water Starts, while Batemans Bay Library will host a movie showing as well.

But there’s plenty of chances to get outside! The Murrumbateman Field Days are returning for another year and Lake Centenary will host a full day of fun in A Day at the Lake. Get the party started in the Michelago Community Day Out or Oktoberfest celebrations in Narooma. Alternatively, take a breather and relax with a high tea at Cooma Cottage (which is in Yass, despite the name).

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Travel from Queanbeyan to the United States without even leaving your seat in this production. Photo: Queanbeyan Players Inc./Facebook.

Oklahoma! production

When: 13 to 29 October, various times
Where: Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre (The Q), 253 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan
Cost: Tickets cost between $35 and $59, and are available via the Performing Arts Centre’s website.

This is Queabeyan’s (and surrounds’) chance to see the play from Rodgers and Hammerstein. Set at the turn of the 20th century and based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs, it has been a favourite of audiences across the country since its 1934 Broadway debut.

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The well known Murrumbateman Field Days are on again this weekend. Photo: Murrumbateman Field Days.

Murrumbateman Field Days

When: 21 October, 8 am to 5 pm; 22 October, 8 am to 4 pm
Where: Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds, Murrumbateman
Cost: Tickets vary in price and are available for purchase online via Ticketbooth or at the gate using EFTPOS on the day (no cash option).

In their fourth decade, the word is out about the Murrumbateman Field Days. And they’re back for another year. In 2023, patrons will be able to take part in a range of demonstrations, shopping opportunities, witness a visit from Farmer Dave and the Muttley Crew from Rufftracks and much more.

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Children and adults alike might learn something new in Bangarra’s first dedicated work for kids. Photo: Goulburn Performing Arts Centre/Facebook.

Waru – Journey of the Small Turtle

When: 24 to 25 October, various times (45 minutes duration)
Where: Goulburn Performing Arts Centre, 163 Auburn Street, Goulburn
Cost: Tickets cost from $15 and are available via the Arts Centre’s website.

Created by Stephen Page, together with Hunter Page-Lochard and Bangarra alumni dancers and choreographers Sani Townson and Elma Kris, Waru is an introduction to the stories of the Torres Strait. This production is aimed at three- to seven-year-olds.


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The screening will be followed by a Q&A session. Photo: FanForce/Facebook.

Where the Water Starts screening

When: 21 October, 3 to 5 pm
Where: Bungendore School of Arts, 57 Gibraltar Street, Bungendore
Cost: Tickets cost $12 and are available online.

Eat some afternoon tea and take in a screening of Where the Water Starts in this event organised by the Braidwood Greens. It will be followed by a Q&A session with First Nations man Richard Swain and Associate Professor Mark Lintermans, a freshwater scientist.

Warbirds Downunder

Live music and aircraft displays are just two of the fun things planned for Saturday. Photo: Temora Aviation Museum.

A Day at the Lake

When: 21 October, 11 am to 8:30 pm
Where: Lake Centenary, Temora
Cost: Tickets cost $65 (for adults), $25 (for children) or $140 (for a family pack) and are available via TryBooking.

This all-day event promises the best of fun – on the ground and up in the air. Watch as vintage ex-military aircraft fly through the air, set to live performances from local musicians. There will also be offerings from food vendors, market stalls with creatives from Temora and the surrounding area, a dedicated kids’ zone and chances to try the Air Force flying simulator for free.

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Settle in for some thrills. Photo: andresr.

Classic flicks movie screening

When: 21 October, 1 to 3 pm
Where: Batemans Bay Library, Hanging Rock Place, Batemans Bay
Cost: Free entry, though registration via eventbrite is essential.

There’s little better than relaxing with a movie on the weekend, knowing your time is your own. Stop by Batemans Bay Library for a late-period Hitchcock classic starring Cary Grant, James Mason and Eva Marie Saint in a tale of spies, cross-country journeys and thrilling sequences. Licensing restrictions mean the library cannot use the full name, so ask staff for more information – or come along for a surprise!

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The Michelago community is invited for an event to bring members together. Photo: Michelago General Store/Facebook.

Michelago Community Day Out

When: 21 October, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Michelago General Store, 50 Ryrie Street, Michelago
Cost: Free entry.

The village of Michelago will be the place to be on Saturday. Rock up and take in the live music, face painting, market stalls and a sausage sizzle for the RFS. As if that wasn’t enough, Tumut River Brewing Co. will be on hand if anyone wants a drink.

People dressed in Oktoberfest-inspired costumes

Germany is far away, but the Oktoberfest celebrations don’t have to be! Photo: Tilba Valley Winery & Ale House/Facebook.

Oktoberfest 2023

When: 21 October, from 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Tilba Valley Winery and Alehouse, Narooma
Cost: Tickets cost $44.90 and are available via OzTix.

Oktoberfest is known all over the world, but this is the chance for Narooma to get in on the action. There will be German beer, staples of German cuisine (including bratwurst, pork schnitzels, sauerkraut, mustard and more) and live music. With gates open at 11 am and food from noon, make sure to come along to celebrate the best of German culture – Prost!


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Take in a high tea in historic surroundings. Photo: Cooma Cottage Yass – National Trust of Australia NSW/Facebook.

Cooma Cottage High Tea

When: 25 October, 11 am to 1 pm
Where: 756 Yass Valley Way, Yass
Cost: Free entry.

After a busy week, sometimes a relaxing high tea is just what the doctor ordered. Wednesday will see an array of gourmet sandwiches, pastries and cakes – and you can have your pick of coffee or tea. So make a plate and enjoy the tasty treats while listening to live music. And if something in the surrounds catches your eye, just have a chat with one of the volunteers!

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