MUSIC AND THE MAGIC OF JUNK

It’s a beautiful weekend to seek out some autumn colour, revel in festivals, or see young talent performing live theatre.

AUTUMN BEAUTY AND FLAVOUR
The town of Macedon is known for its beautiful Honour Avenue, particularly splendid as the trees turn red in March, finishing in early April. Another popular location for tourists and locals is Mr, a café with a fantastic selection of breakfasts from 8 until 2.30, and lunches (above) from 11.30. www.mrmacedon.com.au/

THE MAGIC OF JUNK
Tomorrow in Bendigo it’s time for a limited run of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus presenting JUNK, a hit show set amongst a 1940s rural junkyard, and witness imagination turning trash into magical landscapes. One day only. Ulumbarra Theatre 12pm & 7pm Thursday 29 March. http://fruitflycircus.com.au/junk/

AN EASTER WEEKEND MEANDER
The Bendigo Easter Festival starts tomorrow with all sorts of wonderful music, parades, food and Saturday evening’s Lantern Procession, lead by the Dja Dja Wurrung tram. To see the full weekend meander, visit the Regional Centre for Culture: http://rcc2018.com/

TEA COSIES WITH CHARACTER
Trevor Smith’s character tea cosies are a quirky collection of famous and infamous, with a range of cultures and occupations. See the Cavalcade in Halls Gap. Open now until April 21. www.facebook.com/mocogalleryhallsgap/

GIANT HEN TIME
Easter Saturday is a special day in Blackwood, a beautiful place in the Wombat State Forest, starting with a quirky street parade at 11am, and including all sorts of family fun, including a carnival and woodchop competition. www.moorabool.vic.gov.au/

COHUNA ON THE MOVE
It’s just over a week until you can Unlock Cohuna, with events all weekend. If you feel like roaming on Sunday, the Market on the Move is for you, or if you’d like to settle in, head along to the Gather & Feast Picnic, collect your picnic lunch of spit roast, gourmet salads and vegetables, and settle in to listen to live music by Waaia artist Jessica Lorraine. Make sure to book ahead! April 6 – 8. http://cohuna.org.au/events.html A LOVELY EVENING
The Good Lovelies are a Canadian folk/country trio whose harmonies are a joy to hear. Presently roaming the world on their tour, they’re performing in Ararat next weekend. 7 April. http://goodlovelies.com/tour-dates/

And here’s few to plan ahead for:

A WEEKDAY SOLOIST
Dan Sultan is performing in Castlemaine as part of his Killer Solo Tour at Theatre Royal. The show is on a Thursday – if you’re able to make it, the skilled singer-songwriter is sure to entertain. 12 April. www.theatreroyalcastlemaine.com.au

A PLEASANT AFTERNOON
If you’d like some sweet biscuits on a Sunday afternoon, why not try the talented musical kind? The Sweet Biscuit Ensemble will be performing a concert for bassoon, oboe and harpsichord in Newlyn, between Ballarat and Daylesford. 15 April at 3pm. https://ballaratanglican.org.au/fourseasons/

ART IN AUTUMN
The Daylesford Macedon Ranges is holding their Open Studios in April and May, with three weekends to see the wonderful studios. They’re holding a group exhibition at the Convent Gallery Daylesford, making it a great place to start, to see all the work on show. Then you can head off to the studios and see where it’s all made! April 21 – 22 & 28 – 29, and 5 – 6 May. http://dmropenstudios.com.au/
TO MARKET
It’s a long weekend, but there’s still markets to explore and produce to find, especially on Sunday, which brings with it a new month.

Saturday
Wesley Hill Market, Castlemaine
Sunday
Castlemaine Artists Market
Castlemaine Farmers Market
Daylesford Market
Golden Plains Farmers Market

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