TEA TOWELS & BOOKS

It’s nearly time for another weekend. Whether you’re in the mood for scarves, music, food, art, potatoes, tea towels or simply after a bit of fun, there is something for you.

CELEBRATING GREEN IN STYLE
The Green Store in Trentham stocks a wonderful array of sustainable products for home, garden, body and baby! From beautiful scarves through to cards and wrapping paper, fun tea towels (as shown above), Crayon Rocks, aromatic soaps and more, all products are natural, organic and ethically sourced, plus well-designed and functional. Open 7 days. https://thegreenstore.com.au/

AT LARDER
If you’re looking for a coffee, a cake or meal, look no further than Larder in the heart of the main street in Daylesford. From breakfast through morning tea to lunch, they’ve got you covered. Open 7 days. www.facebook.com/LarderDaylesford/

SWEET SUNDAY
The forecast says damp on Sunday, but it’s perfect for live music indoors – on 15 April the Sweet Biscuit Ensemble will be performing a baroque concert for bassoon, oboe and harpsichord in Newlyn, a small community between Ballarat and Creswick. These three talented professional musicians will be performing a selection of music from the time of Handel. 15 April at 3pm. https://ballaratanglican.org.au/fourseasons/

RACE IN UNTIL SUNDAY
At the Old Trentham Racecourse, over 100 trees have been wrapped in colourful fabric for the art installation Only a Jockey. The venue is part of the beautiful Wombat Trails around the town. Closes Sunday 15 April. www.trenthamartshow.org/

AND HERE’S A FEW FOR YOUR DIARY…

FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS
Book Lovers rejoice – it’s almost time for this year’s Clunes Booktown! The main street of Clunes will again be closed off and filled with visiting bookstores, food vans, author talks, exhibitions and performers. The town’s bookstores and food venues – including Quigley and Clarke – will be open throughout the event. May 5 & 6. www.clunesbooktown.com.au/

SPUDFEST
For a big day out, head over to the annual Great Trentham Spudfest and join in the celebration of the humble spud. The usually shy, humble potato bursts free from life underground and basks in the limelight – but out of the sun! – for festivities in its honour. The fun and games are set to take over the town. 5 May. http://trenthamspudfest.org.au/

AN ICONIC OCTET
A performance of Schubert’s Octet is heading from Melbourne to Daylesford as a touring event by the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. The musicians will also perform Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 11, and Passapied by present-day composer Benjamin Martin. 21 April. https://mco.org.au/

SEASONS OF LIFE AND MOUNTAIN
Phillip Edwards shares his love of Mount Buffalo with over 70 mostly large-scale paintings showing the versatility and vibrancy of watercolours on display at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Trentham. Finishes 11 June. www.visitvictoria.com/

TINY TOWNS ARTS TRAIL
The Tiny Towns Arts Trail is taking place over two weekends in April and includes the towns of Adelaide Lead, Bealiba, Maryborough, Clunes, Talbot and Dunolly, the latter of which will feature sculptures and drawings by Deborah Halpern. 21 – 22 & 28 – 29 April. www.facebook.com/Tiny-Towns-Arts-Trail

FILM FOCUS
The Bendigo Queer Film Festival is an event designed to engage the queer and wider community and includes international films, a selection of Australian short films and a stage play. www.bendigoqueerfilmfestival.com.au

MARKETS FOR THIS WEEKEND
We’re already to the second Saturday and third Sunday of the month, so there’s plenty of markets on this weekend, with all sorts of food, drinks, plants, gifts and homewares to find!
Saturday
Wesley Hill Market, Castlemaine
Ballarat Farmers Market, Lake Wendouree
Kyneton Community Market
Bendigo Community Farmers Market
Ballan Farmers Market
Sunday
Daylesford Sunday Market
Daylesford Sunday Farmers Market
Talbot Farmers Market
Woodend Village Market
Trove Makers Market, Bendigo

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