HISTORY, JAZZ & DREAMING

The weather may be cooling down, but events keep on moving, with festivals featuring heritage technology, films, arts and jazz, plus lots more to enjoy!

BALLARAT HERITAGE WEEKEND
The theme for this year is 100 Years of Technology and Innovation. The first floor of Ballarat Town Hall will have a Heritage Expo, including a virtual reality view of the spaces below the footpaths of Ballarat, and to the rooftops and towers above. Over two big nights you can hear 100 years of music performed live. 26 & 27 May. www.ballaratheritageweekend.com/

STAR STORIES
Be entertained and learn stories. When the ancient wisdoms of Indigenous Australians meet modern astrophysics, a new concept is born – cultural astronomy. Star Stories of the Dreaming is being screened as part of the Central Victorian Indigenous Film Festival. The Festival is central to the Bendigo region. 27 May – 3 June.  https://bit.ly/2GqvloB

ON THE RISE
Mariah McCarthy is a Heathcote born, Bendigo based, folk singer/songwriter. Influenced by the story telling of Bob Dylan and Neil Young, combined with her unique folk style makes for a captivating, intimate performance from the young artist. Performing at the Taproom in Castlemaine, 27 May.  https://bit.ly/2KRMB9g

FRESH AND LOCAL
Talbot is widely known for its monthly market. Only slightly less well known is the Talbot Provedore, an eatery offering lunches and morning and afternoon tea Thursday to Sunday, and dinner Saturday evenings. The Provedore has fresh seasonal produce on the menu and a range of local products on the shelves. http://talbotprovedore.com.au/

STEAM TRAIN TIME
There’s just something about steam trains. Victorian Goldfields Railways has a range of options for the experience of early train travel. From a regular steam train journey through to the fun Ales on Rails services, and even a special package where you – and up to three friends – get to drive the train! www.vgr.com.au/homepage.php

CHILL IN WINTER
Experience a visiting tribute to Britain’s greatest female pop singer, Dusty Springfield, performed by the talented Wendy Stapleton. The show is the original production which has delighted audiences around the world. 2nd June. https://bit.ly/2s9VMKp

TOWN HALL CRAWL
If you’d like to visit some of the town halls around the Central Highlands Region, the Town Hall Crawl is for you. An interactive singing experience that encourages everyone to join in and includes the town halls of Dunolly, Glenlyon and Clunes. Events are on 2, 16 & 30 of June, with a concert on the final day. http://rcc2018.com/program-highlights/

GET A KICK OUT OF FOOTY
Castlemaine is looking forward to the most seriously fun and entertaining game of footy the town may have ever seen. MAINfm and HALT have banded together to find two teams of mixed ability and gender to put on a game and support community radio. With food trucks, live music and an entertaining game, The Main Kick Off sounds like a fun afternoon out! 10 June. http://mainfm.net/themainkickoff/

A WINTER WEEKEND IN WOODEND
The long weekend is a perfect time for a trip away – why not try the Woodend Winter Arts Festival? Featuring two special performances by Max Gillies, the first professional Australian performance of La Pellegrina: A Medici Extravaganza, plus many more visual and performing artists! 8 – 11 June. http://woodendwinterartsfestival.org.au/

JAZZ IT UP
The Castlemaine Jazz Festival is on over the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend in June. Featuring a range of local and international acts over four days, including special guests Nubya Garcia from London, and Astrid Sulaiman and Yuri Mahatma from Indonesia. 8 – 11 June. www.castlemainejazzfestival.com.au/

MARKETS THIS WEEKEND
It’s the last weekend of the month! Station Domain Market in Maryborough will have its last hurrah this weekend before closing down.
Saturday
Wesley Hill Market, Castlemaine
Ballarat Farmers Market, Lake Wendouree
Lancefield Farmers Market
Sunday
Station Domain Market, Maryborough (final market!)
Daylesford Sunday Market
Daylesford Sunday Farmers Market, The Woodshed

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