Yarramalong Valley Spring Festival – August and September, Wyong

There is so much happening this August and September during the Yarramalong Valley Spring Festival!

The Yarramalong Valley Spring Festival is going to be a bigger and brighter event this year, and after a long break, the Wyong Horse Show is being reinstated, and will be held each year under the name of The Wyong Agricultural Show.  This event will be held on the Morriset Showgrounds on September 14th, and consist of 6 rings, and be a fully qualifying agricultural show.  Along with the Horse Show, other agricultural displays will include Orchids, Cakes, Photography, and Art.  A full calendar of the Yarramalong Show events is listed in this section, and the Scarecrows will again be featured along the Valley Road.  Everyone can participate in making a Scarecrow, and you can enter by simply phoning 43 561502 and being allocated with a number.  It is $15 to enter and prizes will be awarded. Your scarecrow will be allocated a special display spot along the Valley Road, and you can enjoy the fun of this hugely amusing country atmospheric by taking your family for a drive into the valley and viewing the Scarecrows.

22nd & 23rd – Wyong Creek Hall – Centenary Concert.
24th – Sydney Male Choir concert with the combined Choirs of St. Peters Catholic College and Primary Schools and guest Soprano Hannah Greenshields, at St. Peters College Tuggerah.
30th – Start of the Yarramalong Valley Scarecrow Competition.
30th & 31st – Art Show, Wyong Creek Hall
7th – Schools Sports – Wyong Creek v Jilliby soccer & cricket matches
7th – Wyong Creek Hall Family Day – burying of the Time Capsule.
14th – Bumble Hill Burn Fun Run & Cycle Event at Jack Gear Reserve, Yarramalong

The Wyong Shire Agricultural Show 14th September

Events include:

The Horse (HACK) Event at Morisset Showground • The Orchid Show at Wyong Racecourse • Cake Baking & Decorating Competition & Show at Wyong Creek Hall • Photography Competition
& Show at Yarramalong Hall • Art Competition & Show at Yarramalong Community Centre

Events at Jack Gear Reserve, Yarramalong include:

  • Woodchop Competition
  • Tug o War Competition
  • Produce Competition & Display
  • Farm Animal Nursery
  • Market Stalls
  • BBQ provided by Rotary
  • Jumping Castle (free)
  • Live Rock n Roll Band, Dancing and other entertainment

Rock Pool Rambles, Gosford area – June/July 2014

FREE school holiday activities

Have you ever visited an octopus’s garden?

Explore the wonders of our local rock pools with our expert walk leaders.
Bookings essential – phone OCCI on 0450 990 995

Sun, 29th June – Copacabana
Wed, 9th July – Toowoon Bay
Fir, 11th July – Terrigal Haven
Sat, 12th July – Norah Head
Times and meeting place given when booking. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Shoes must be worn. Walks are free, but your donation will help us cover costs.
Best suited to children 8yrs to adult

Supported by Gosford Council  www.occi.org.au

Visit Alison Homestead, Wyong

Come take a step back into yesteryear and explore the past at Wyong District Museum & Historical Society at 1 Cape Road Wyong which is set on 2 hectares in a rural setting on Wyong’s first land grant. Although the original homestead (Alison Homestead) was burned to the ground by the hand of an arsonist in December 2011, rebuilding is due to commence later in the year.  On any Tuesday or Wednesday between 10.00am and 2.30pm, for a small donation, you can still wander around and visit the Nursery where plants are for sale, the Old School House, Barkers Barn and the grounds, where BBQ facilities are available. Our volunteers will be more than happy to guide you around and have a chat about the history of the homestead. Phone 43 521886.

‘Art Escape’ at Noonaweena – 25-27th July 2014

Esteemed local artist to host ‘Art Escape’ at Central Coast retreat.

Robyn Pedley, Bobbie P GalleryRobyn Pedley, resident artist of Wyong’s Bobbie P Gallery, will host ‘Art Escape’ a creative retreat at Noonaweena, in the Central Coast hinterland from 25-27 July 2014, wrapping up with a public exhibition of her work.

The 100 acre eco-retreat, with it’s magnificent views of Yengo National Park and native gardens, will set the scene for the inspirational weekend with a focus on creativity, relaxation and wellbeing. The event includes a full day artist workshop, two night’s luxury accommodation, gourmet meals and access to the public exhibition.
“The aim is to create an enjoyable space where everyone can relax and learn. We’ll cover fundamentals for stimulating the creative mind, and discover skills and techniques in the expression of drawing,” says Robyn Pedley. “From simple line exercises to more advanced concepts, both beginners and accomplished artists will take away useful tools to overcome the fear of the blank page, and a greater understanding of the materials and how to use them.”

Plenty of time has been scheduled during the retreat to allow guests to enjoy five star facilities including beauty treatments at Nourished, the organic beauty room, tennis court, large alfresco heated spas, fireplaces, lush gardens and bushwalking tracks.

The public is invited to attend the exhibition on the Sunday. A selection of Robyn’s expressionist landscapes will be on display and available for purchase within the price range of $200 to $1800.

Experience Art Escape for just $550* per person. Places are limited, contact Noonaweena on (02) 4376 1290 or email manager@noonaweena.com.au to secure yours today. www.noonaweena.com.au
*Price is subject to availability and based on twin-share. ^BYO art supplies or purchase the art materials package on booking.

A Whale of a Celebration at Norah Head Lighthouse Sunday 6th July (10am-2pm)

This year we have an extra reason for a whale of a celebration!  
On Monday 31 March, the United Nation’s International Court of Justice announced its ruling: Japan’s whaling in the Antarctic is ‘not’ scientific – and therefore illegal – and must stop immediately!
Nine years ago the Whaledreamers Festival was born as a proactive response to the news that Japan would begin hunting our Humpback Whales (Megaptera nouviangliae) down in the Antarctic.
The collective whale dream of four Central Coast women – Colette Baron, Jeannie Lawson, Nikki Freeburn and Roberta Dixon-Valk – was to garner support for whales by engaging people across the Central Coast in the magic of the annual Humpback Whale migration; and by highlighting the wonder of whales and the incredible marine environment they call home.
The Whaledreamers Festival is now an anticipated Central Coast event.  This free family event features local bands, drumming, whale watching, conservation information, living art, interactive games and activities for all ages.  Pack a picnic or support our wonderful local food vendors and titillate your taste buds!
Bring your rug and join us for the 9th annual Whaledreamers Festival: 10am – 2pm, 6 July, Norah Head Lighthouse.
Further info call Nikki Freeburn on 0415 207 887 or www.whaledreamers.org.au