31 May 2024

Nine things to do in the regions this week (31 May - 6 June)

| Claire Sams
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The cold and rain are here, but there’s still fun things happening in the regions. Photo: Hannah Grogan.

We can’t do anything about the cold or the rain (we’d trade it for sunshine if we could), but we can offer our list of nine events to keep you so busy you forget about the weather! With markets, art, music and more, there’s plenty to get you out and about.

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Artist Julia Roche created her pieces at different times of the day while looking over her family farm.

Artist Julia Roche created her pieces at different times of the day while looking over her family farm. Photo: Jarryd Rowley.

When our eyes adjust

When: 23 March to 23 June, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, corner of Baylis and Morrow streets
Cost: Free entry.

Artist Julia Roche worked at night; once the sun had gone down, she drew inspiration from the environment as she painted on Wooroola, her family property. Her plein air works were then either dried outside or in a repurposed woolshed-studio, with the artworks being brought together for When our eyes adjust. In this exhibition, Julia draws from her memory and senses to recreate the landscapes for others to see – and shows how we can think about home in a new light.

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Bring along the family or some mates for some night-time fun (just remember to bring a puffer jacket). Image: Aussie NightMarkets Facebook.

Queanbeyan WinterMarkets

When: 31 May, 4 to 9 pm; 1 June, noon to 8 pm
Where: Queanbeyan Showground, Queanbeyan
Cost: Entry is $2 (this can be paid at the gate).

We know the nights are getting chilly rather quickly at this time of year, but this is one event where staying out late will be worth it. WinterMarkets is coming to Queanbeyan, bringing food trucks, rides, games, live music and roaming entertainment – and fun for all. There will be free on-site parking, and leashed pets will be welcome.

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Mot wakes up one day and realises something is missing – so she sets out to find some answers. Image: The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre Facebook.

Highway of Lost Hearts

When: 6 and 7 June; show from 7:30 pm each day
Where: Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre (The Q), 253 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan
Cost: Tickets cost between $30 and $59.90, and are available via the Performing Arts Centre’s website.

When Mot wakes up one day, there’s something missing. She has her dog and a campervan, but she feels nothing. In a Highway of Lost Hearts by Mary Anne Butler, Mot packs her things up, takes her dog and heads down the Highway of Lost Hearts into the Australian outback. This production stars Kate Smith, with original live music by Central West icons Smith & Jones. The show contains adult themes and occasional coarse language and is recommended for those aged 12 and older.

Works from the artists

This exhibition features artworks from three artists to explore how we can connect to the past. Photo: Sarah Catherine Ryan Facebook; works from the artists.

Remnants: there she goes my beautiful world

When: 6 to 10 June, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Grenfell Scout Hall, 6 Short Street, Grenfell
Cost: Free entry.

This exhibition brings together work from three artists – Sarah Ryan, Calista Tam and Kate Barclay – as they look into the past and how it stays with us. Sarah Ryan is a mixed media artist who lives on a farm at Quandialla, who creates collage and assemblage pieces. Mixed-media artist Calista Tam’s sculptures combine predominantly textiles with found objects and metal. Kate Barclay is an award-winning art photographer from Canowindra, who practises mostly in the still life medium. There will be an official opening on Friday (7 June), as part of the wider festivities during the Henry Lawson Festival.


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The expo is returning to Goulburn for another year, giving everyone a chance to help those in need. Image: Goulburn Mulwaree Library Facebook.

Goulburn Volunteer Expo

When: 1 June, 3 to 5 pm
Where: Goulburn Mulwaree Library, 184/194 Bourke Street, Goulburn
Cost: Free entry.

Looking for a chance to roll up your sleeves? Want to get involved in your community? The Goulburn Volunteer Referral Service has organised its annual volunteer expo for this Saturday. Community groups and not-for-profit organisations of all types will be on hand, ready to answer questions about how you can get involved with their efforts.

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Would you like a song with your meal? Image: Moruya Golf Club Facebook.

Dirty Dick’s Theatre Restaurant

When: 1 June, 7 to 10 pm (show starts at 7:30 pm)
Where: Moruya Golf Club, corner Evans and Murray streets, Moruya
Cost: Tickets cost $72 per person (plus booking fee) and are available via Humanitix (those booking in a group should email [email protected] to ensure everyone is seated together).

This show will take you back in time for a night. This is a brand new fully scripted stage show, packed with witty songs and games to get the audience involved. To complete the medieval feel, food and drink will be served to you throughout the evening.


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This day of fun will celebrate and bring together the region’s LGBTIQ+ community and allies. Image: Queerobodalla Facebook.

Queerobodalla Pride Month launch

When: 2 June, 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Kyla Park Hall (located in Kyla Park Recreation Park), Tuross Head
Cost: Free entry, though attendees can register via Humanitix.

June is Pride Month – and everyone is invited to this celebration in Eurobodalla. On Sunday, Queerobodalla launches its month of pride activities with a day of live music, self-expression, learning and resources, community, yoga, art and other activities.

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Two works from Beethoven will ring out to entertain the NSW South Coast, played on a grand piano. Image: Four Winds.

Stefan Cassomenos in Concert

When: 2 June, from 3 pm
Where: Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds, 17 Four Winds Road, Barragga Bay
Cost: Tickets cost between $35 and $45 (those 16 and under have free entry) and are available online.

Stefan Cassomenos will take the stage for a performance of some of piano’s greatest works. On Sunday, he will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s ‘Hammerklavier’ Sonata and Symphony No 5. This performance is part of a curated collection by Tim Walker CBE AM, former chief executive and Artistic Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.


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Jen Medway and her family on their Gunning sheep property know how important staying connected can be. Photo: Supplied.

From Paddock to Plate – On Farm Connectivity Matters

When: 6 June, 4 to 6 pm
Where: Crookwell RSL Club, Goulburn Road, Crookwell
Cost: Free entry.

Fifth-generation Merino sheep farmer Jen Medway, from Gunning, is a researcher with the Australian Farm Institute and a general manager of the Regional Tech Hub. She helps people in regional Australia get connected and stay connected – and at this event, the public can get involved. Alongside Telstra’s Regional Engagement Manager Christina Cawkell, the two will lead a discussion about the latest innovations and technologies in the agricultural sector, designed to help modernise farming enterprises and ensure connectivity on the farm.

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