23 February 2024

Nine things to do in the regions this week (23 - 29 February)

| Claire Sams
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From theatre productions to a race day, there is sure to be something for everyone this week. Photo: Paul Dodd.

Summer is drawing to a close (and where has the time gone?), but that doesn’t mean the fun in the regions needs to stop. Here are nine events set to keep you entertained, inspired or creative.

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Steven Routley and Blake Selmes in Ken Ludwig’s A Fox on the Fairway – a comedic tribute to the 1920s British farce. Photo: Supplied.

Fox on the Fairway production

When: 23 February to 9 March, various times
Where: Lieder Theatre, 52 Goldsmith Street, Goulburn
Cost: Tickets cost between $15 and $35 and are available via TryBooking.

Fox on the Fairway is a sidesplitting comedy about bets, golf, mistaken identities and more by the renowned playwright Ken Ludwig, and it’s coming to Goulburn. In this production directed by (and starring) Blake Selmes, the cast also includes Steve Routley, Amarailis Amaro, Alyce King, Ryan Paranthoiene and Melissa Chandler. It will all start on Friday night (23 February), which will double as a themed night, with attendees encouraged to get in on the fun with golf gear, a licensed bar, games and more activities before the show starts.

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Helm Wines is one of many wineries in the wider Capital region – and the Murrumbateman winery is opening its doors. Photo: Helm Wines/Facebook.

Rare Riesling Weekend

When: 24 to 25 February, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Helm Wines, 19 Butts Road, Murrumbateman
Cost: Attendees need to email [email protected] for their booking.

Sample some of the region’s wines (and maybe find a new favourite) at Helm Wines’ annual Rare Riesling Weekend. Attendees will be able to taste a range of aged riesling wines from the 2005 to 2018 vintages.


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Pick up a treat for yourself at this returning market. Image: Rotary Boorowa.

Boorowa Rotary Makers and Growers Market

When: 24 February, 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Old Court House Grounds, corner of Marsden and Queen Streets, Boorowa
Cost: Free entry.

Boorowa Rotary is bringing back its Makers and Growers Market as its first outing for 2024. This market is a chance to see what producers have been growing, browse jewellery and bric-a-brac items, explore arts and crafts of local creators and enjoy some live music. There will also be a barbecue prepared by the Burrowa House Committee so no one goes hungry.

Women at the Yass Picic Races in 1930

The Yass Picnic Races are turning 123. Photo: Sam Hood, State Library of NSW.

Annual Yass Picnic Races

When: 24 February, 11:30 am to 6 pm
Where: Marchmont Race Course, 1 Gums Lane, Marchmont
Cost: Online ticket sales have closed, but tickets are also available for $35 at the gate.

This is your invite to attend the birthday of the Yass Picnic Races – they are turning 123! Believed to be one of the oldest picnic race meetings in NSW, the 123rd race day will be held on Saturday at the Marchmont Reserve. In addition to the racing – which is expected to feature horses and jockeys from places near and far – such as Canberra, Harden and Cootamundra – there will be plenty of fun off the track. A Fashions on the Field competition will see guests encouraged to dress up, and there will also be jumping castles and ice cream on offer.


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This program is set to give young people a helping hand. Image: Rotary Club of Jerrabomberra.

Youth Empowerment and Thrive program

When: 25 February, 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Jerrabomberra Public School Hall, Coachwood Avenue, Jerrabomberra
Cost: Free entry, though attendees can register via Ticketebo.

Children aged 10 to 15 and their parents and educators from across the Canberra and Queanbeyan regions are invited to come to this Sunday session for their personal development. The day will start with a barbecue lunch at 11 am, while the keynote program will run from noon. Brent Williams, an internationally acclaimed speaker and founder of Empower U will lead the program, which is designed to increase students’ confidence, motivation, and happiness. There will also be some prizes on offer for lucky attendees.

Hand holding a brush over watercolour paint kit

This painting workshop will give you new skills – as well as a painting to take home. Photo: Sarah Brown/Unsplash.

Wartercolour Art Starter Workshop

When: 25 February, 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Yass Community Centre, 1428 Yass Valley Way, Yass
Cost: Tickets cost $60 and are available via eventbrite.

Looking for something to do with your hands this week? This workshop organised by the Visual Arts Society of Yass might be for you. Multidisciplinary artist Akka Ballenger will lead the group to paint leaves and flowers using watercolour paints, with all materials provided. Everything from which brushes to use to how to mix colours will be explained, so you can focus on creating your works. Attendees will be able to mount and frame their artwork, so they can take it home.


A woman in a brown coat and jeans sitting on a bench next to a sports field

Karen Viggers’ latest book looks at the world of children’s sport – and the role parents play, on and off the field. Photo: Michelle Higgs.

Karen Viggers Author Talk

When: 26 February, noon to 2 pm
Where: Cooma Library, 61 Vale Street, Cooma
Cost: Attendees can reserve their place by calling Cooma Library on (02) 6451 1630 or by e-mailing [email protected].

Author and veterinary surgeon Karen Viggers’ latest novel, Sidelines, starts like many children’s sports games – that is, it’s a bit of fun and the parents stand on the sidelines talking to each other. That changes when a controversial line call is made, resulting in paramedics on a soccer field and a patient with a significant fracture. Karen will be visiting Cooma to talk about her latest work, as well as her career.

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This touring production is starting its 2024 tour with a stop in Goulburn. Photo: Goulburn Performing Arts Centre/Facebook.

The Sunshine Club production

When: 29 February, 8 to 10:30 pm
Where: Goulburn Performing Arts Centre, 163 Auburn Street, Goulburn
Cost: Tickets cost between $57 and $65 (plus booking fee) and are available via the Performing Arts Centre’s website.

Touring production The Sunshine Club is bringing the sun to Goulburn in the first stop of its 2024 tour. Written and directed by proud Noonuccal Nuugi man Wesley Enoch AM, with music by John Rodgers, the cast is joined on stage by a five-piece band. The Sunshine Club tells the story of Frank Doyle, an Aboriginal serviceman who has come home from World War II to find that racism at home has unfortunately not left. In response, Frank starts The Sunshine Club, a place where anyone can meet and, of course, have a dance together – and maybe he can dance with Rose, the woman of his dreams.


Think about the different kinds of music each bird is making the next time you listen to birdsong - or come to a show inspired by them!

Think about the different kinds of music each bird is making the next time you listen to birdsong – or come to a show inspired by them! Photo: Music in the Regions/Facebook.

Songbirds tour

When: 29 February, 7 to 8:15 pm
Where: Southern Cross Theatre, 96 Main Street, Young
Cost: Adult tickets cost between $30 and $35 (under 18s have free entry) and are available via Humanitix.

We know birds are a beautiful thing to listen to in the mornings, but have you ever attended a show dedicated to them? Music in the Regions’ Songbirds tour is bringing an array of original Australian chamber works commissioned by Ensemble Offspring to locations in regional NSW, performed by Lamorna Nightingale (flutes), Jason Noble (clarinets) and Claire Edwardes (percussion). Music in the Regions (MitR) is an independent touring organisation established in 2022 to connect classical musicians with regional audiences.

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