Spring has sprung …

The grass has riz – I wonder where the boidie is. 
They say the boidie’s on the wing – But that’s absoid.
The wing is on the bird.” 
This piece of nonsense doggerel was written by that faithful author Anonymous and is one of those silly things remembered from childhood that heralds the welcome beginning of spring.  And going by the increase in upcoming events, it certainly is.

White night is back in Ballarat

For a third consecutive year this popular event returns to Ballarat. From 7pm to 2am Saturday 21st, local, interstate and international artists, musicians and performers will weave a spell over the city in a celebration of art, culture and creativity. So take an afternoon “nanny nap” to make sure you can go the distance.

Opera Van Diemensland – 2020

Soprano Barbara Zavros

Get a sneak peak at what Opera Van Diemensland have in store for 2020. Highlights from Madama Butterfly and Tosca supported by the 20 piece OVD Orchestra and The BCMA Chorus.
Ballan – 22nd September
Ballarat 28 Sep to 5 October. www.operavandiemensland.com/

Kris Kristofferson in Ballarat

Three time Grammy winner, actor, storyteller and country music superstar Kris Kristofferson returns to Australia an New Zealand in September and October. Kris and his band The Strangers will be live on stage at Ballarat’s Civic Hall on 23 September oneworldentertainment.com.au

Clunes Ceramics Awards – 2019

This biennial event will be held from 28th September to 13th October. Main exhibition venue is the Union Bank Arts Centre in Fraser Street with main street businesses hosting individual pieces from local ceramicists. www.clunesceramicaward.com.au for tickets availability and details.

For the festival goers

Heritage Uncorked

Heritage Uncorked is Bendigo’s moveable wine feast. With more than 60 wines to try, and regionally-sourced food, you can dive into the city’s wine and foodie culture.Showcasing Bendigo’s best local drops, luxe dining and gold rush architecture. 4th to 12th October

Heathcote Wine & Food Festival

Where else can you taste Heathcote wines from over 40 producers, plus food and produce from the region all in one place.
5th to 6th October. For details visit

Vegecarian Festival

Held annually at The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, this free, fun family friendly event is all about loving food, loving animals and loving life. The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion Bendigo. Saturday 5th October https://stupa.org.au

Markets This Weekend

Wesley Hill – Castlemaine
Trentham Farmers Market
Buninyong Farmers Market
Creswick Market
Glenlyon Country Market
Woodend Market
Talbot Farmers Market

Secrets Spring Issue

Lots of good reading in the Spring issue of Secrets. Pick it up from your usual outlet from 24th September or read online in next few days.

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