DRAGONS, DANCE, FOOD & MUSIC

A couple of quick reminders – these two events are on this weekend, so you’d best put your skates on!

FOUR SEASONS FINE MUSIC FESTIVAL
This weekend is High Summer at St. John’s Anglican Church in Creswick, with musical performances on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th February. www.facebook.com/

CHINESE NEW YEAR
Celebrate the Year of the Dog in Bendigo from 4pm on Saturday, or at Sovereign Hill in Ballarat from 10am on Sunday. www.sovereignhill.com.au/

THE TWO DANS
The two Dans who first hit the regional food scene with their cute café in an old church in Malmsbury are now blazing a new trail in Kyneton. We’re a bit late in catching up with them, but Wedge Street Food and Wine on the corner of Wedge and Piper Streets is going great guns. Chef Dan and front of house Dan really know how to make diners very happy. Loved by locals and well worth a trip if you’re from out of town. Open Thursday to Sunday 5422 3706. www.facebook.com/

TOO MANY MIRANDAS EVENT & DANCE LESSON
Join in the fun at Hanging Rock on February 24 with Too Many Mirandas by dressing up as Miranda from Picnic at Hanging Rock, and bringing along a picnic. This epic community dance flash mob is nearly upon us! The last chance to learn the dance moves is this Sunday in Gisborne – make sure you book! www.mrsc.vic.gov.au

GAME, SET, MATCH
If you’re feeling the loss of the Australian Open, why not swing over to Game, Set, Match: Tennis in Decorative Art and Design. The exhibition is on now, and explores ways in which tennis has inspired artists, designers and illustrators. Kyneton Museum from 11am to 4pm Friday to Sunday, closes March 8. www.visitmacedonranges.com/

BOWS AND HORSES
If you’ve ever wanted to make a traditional wooden longbow, here’s your chance. Kryal Castle near Ballarat is hosting a longbow-making class February 20 and 21. Or if you’d rather see a show, Medieval Sports Australia is hosting a Horse Archery Competition on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February. www.kryalcastle.com.au

STEAMPACKET4 BIG BAND
Maldon Made presents their fourth SteamPacket with a high energy 13-piece band with 4 lead singers and 4 horns, rounded out with keyboard, guitars, bass and percussion. Saturday February 24. www.trybooking.com/

HERE’S A FEW FOR YOUR DIARY:

OPERA UNDER THE STARS
Keebles Country House in Clunes is hosting a special event the long weekend in March – Opera Under the Stars, with opera and musical theatre highlights performed live by three stars of Opera Australia: Carrie Barr, Paul Hughes and Caroline Vercoe. March 10 at 6.30pm. Tickets at Bread & Circus in Clunes or at www.trybooking.com/

LOST TRADES FAIR
The Lost Trades Fair is back for the March long weekend, with all manner of wonderful handmade instruments, clothing, utensils, bags, toys and other goods, and of course plenty of tasty food! http://www.losttrades.info/

TALES FROM THE TARDIS
For something a little different, why not head along to Buda on Saturday March 10 for a talk from Alexandra Tynan, who worked as a costume designer on Doctor Who. Includes wine and cheese refreshments. www.budacastlemaine.org/

A MARKET AT HANGING ROCK
Hanging Rock Makers Market is back with a great selection of gifts, plants, homewares, fashion, jewellery, photography and art, and of course delicious baked goods and plenty of lunch options. With admission of half price entry to the National Park for $5, you also have the opportunity to take in the beautiful surroundings. Saturday 17 March 9am to 2pm. www.craftmarkets.com.au/

SCULPTURES IN THE GARDEN
Mica Grange is hosting their Autumn Open Garden & Sculpture Exhibition starting next month. Merging the delights of art with the beauty of gardens. The gardens will be open every weekend and also Easter Monday from Saturday 24 March 2018 to Sunday 22 April 2018. www.micagrange.com/

TO MARKET
It’s going to be a good weekend to check out a great market!

Saturday
Wesley Hill Market, Castlemaine
Creswick Market
Trentham Farmers Market
Smythesdale Country Market

Sunday
Daylesford Market
Talbot Market
Inverleigh Produce and Lifestyle Market

Mica Grange