21 July 2023

Nine things to do in the regions this week (21 - 27 July)

| Claire Sams
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Black cockatoos on a branch

Graham Gall’s passion for photographing our native birds and animals knows no bounds. Photo: Graham Gall.

Looking for some reasons to climb out of a pile of warm blankets? We have you covered!

An exhibition showing the story of Anne Frank is arriving in Cooma this week, and a silent auction also starts in Young. Meanwhile, Murrah Hall will be the site of a theatre season once again, markets are coming to Queanbeyan, the Cowra Musical & Dramatic Society are marking a milestone and a photography exhibition is finishing at Rusten House Art Centre.

And over the weekend, the King (of Rock ‘n’ Roll) is in Queanbeyan, there is a classic film showing in Goulburn and a trivia night in Tarraganda to keep you entertained.

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Photographer shooting with long lens

Canberra photographer Graham Gall’s wildlife images are now on show at Queanbeyan’s Rusten House Arts Centre – but the exhibition is closing soon. Photo: Supplied.

Our Forest in Focus – the Wildlife that calls them home exhibition

When: 1 July until 22 July, 10 am to 4 pm (Wednesday to Saturday)
Where: Rusten House Art Centre, 87 Collett Street, Queanbeyan
Cost: Free entry.

Trees – and the creatures who live in them – are the focus of this exhibition by photographer Graham Gall. This exhibition features more than 20 images and has been produced by the Canberra Tree Network, in collaboration with other organisations and institutions.

A poster in purple and white for the event

Happy birthday to Cowra Musical & Dramatic Society! Photo: Cowra Vocal Ensemble/Facebook.


When: 21 July and 22 July, 7 pm to 9:30 pm; 23 July, 2 pm to 4:30pm
Where: Cowra Civic Centre, 104 Darling Street, Cowra
Cost: Ticket sales cost between $10 and $30 (depending on age), and are available via eventbrite.

Reaching 60 years of age is a big birthday for anyone – and the Cowra Musical & Dramatic Society are throwing a party to celebrate their milestone. Since being formed in 1963, the group has gone on to stage many productions. These shows will see a range of songs being sung, alongside performances from The Cowra Vocal Ensemble.

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Shake the cold from your bones with this two-day market. Photo: Aussie NightMarkets.

Queanbeyan WinterMarkets

When: 21 July, 4 pm to 9 pm; 22 July, noon to 8 pm
Where: Queanbeyan Showground, Glebe Avenue, Queanbeyan
Cost: $2 on entry.

If you can brave the winter cold, this will be the (market)place to be. There will be food trucks, jumping castles and other rides, market stalls selling a variety of items and live music to keep everyone entertained. This is one family-friendly event that you can bring your furry friends along to, as long as they are kept on a leash.

A photograph of Murrah Hall with blue sky in the background

There are only eight shows in the run of I Just Want to Dance with Words, so don’t miss your chance. Photo: Murrah Hall/Facebook.

I Just Want to Dance with Words

When: 20 July to 30 July; from 3 pm on Sunday dates and from 7:30 pm for all others
Where: 2989 Tathra-Bermagui Road, Murrah
Cost: Tickets cost $25 or $20 for concession card holders, and are available via Humanitix.

This week, the curtain will be drawn back on Murrah Hall’s first theatre season since 2019. This 70-minute production is a one-man show written by Robert Walser and directed by Adrian Guthrie.

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The money is being raised for 2024’s Off the Beaten Track Art and Cultural Trail. Photo: Young Society of Artists Inc/Facebook.

Silent Art Auction and Fundraiser

When: 20 July to 27 July, various times; 28 July, 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: Studio One, Southern Cross Cinema, 96 Main Street, Young
Cost: $5 entry.

Young Society of Artists have organised a silent auction to fundraise, with previews kicking off on Friday (21 July). Artists from Young and the surrounding area have donated their artworks or photographs, and businesses have also donated a range of other prizes. Final bids will be due on the evening of 28 July, when the community is invited to gather for a night of fun. And if you’re lucky, you may be among the winners of the door prizes, set to be drawn every fifteen minutes.

A black-and-white photograph of Anne Frank

This touring exhibition is coming to Cooma to educate on Anne Frank’s life and the Holocaust. Photo: Raglan Gallery/Facebook.

Let Me By Myself – The Life Story of Anne Frank exhibition

When: 25 July to 3 September, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm (open Wednesday to Sunday)
Where: Tillers Gallery of Raglan Gallery and Cultural Centre, 9-11 Lambie Street, Cooma
Cost: Entry by donation.

This travelling exhibition will arrive in Cooma as part of a tour around Australia. Anne was born in 1929 and lived most of her life in the Netherlands, before being forced into hiding and ultimately dying at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. The exhibition contains modules that take the visitor through the Franks’ lives and the wider historical events that were taking place.


Think you know Elvis? Think again.

Think you know Elvis? Think again. Photo: David Cazalet/Facebook.

Elvis – The Greatest Hits

When: 22 July, from 7:30 pm
Where: Bicentennial Hall, 253 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan
Cost: Tickets cost between $39.90 and $69.90, and are available online.

The King (of Rock ‘n’ Roll) is coming to Queanbeyan. David Cazalet and a live band will take the audience on a trip to the 1960s and 1970s. Adding to the fun is a meet-and-greet after the show, which is set to run for about 140 minutes.

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Who will walk away with the most points? Photo: Bega Valley Bombers AFL Club/Facebook.

Bega Bombers Trivia Night

When: 22 July, 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Bega Country Club, 1477 Tarraganda Lane, Tarraganda
Cost: Tickets cost between $10 (per person) and $80 (for larger groups), and are available via Humanitix.

This is a chance to get around a Bega Valley sports team while competing with your mates for bragging rights! Face off against your mates and test what you know in a night of trivia. A barbecue dinner is included in the ticket price, with drinks also available from the Bega Country Club.


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The vampires in The Lost Boys might be different to the ones you’ve seen in other movies! Photo: Southern Tablelands Arts/Facebook.

The Lost Boys film screening

When: 23 July, 4 pm to 7 pm
Where: Goulburn Performing Arts Centre, 163 Auburn Street, Goulburn
Cost: Tickets cost $12 or $15, and are available via the centre’s website.

California is known for its beaches and sunshine. But in this movie from 1987, a supernatural secret walks the streets. STA Screen Goulburn Film Group screenings are held every two months.

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