With the COVID lockdown covering all of the state to varying degrees, restrictions may be in place relating to identified hot spots. Check with NSW Health for current information before travelling or attending events in the community. COVID-safe rules will apply. Please check with organisers if your desired events are still going ahead. If you are staying home, here's a couple of time fillers.
Calling all mothers, daughters, wives, sisters, aunties, nans, grandmas, nieces and more. Join the Blayney Bears us for Ladies Day at King George Oval. Saturday, July 10. The day starts at noon with league tag, in which Sophie Stammers will be playing her 100th game. The Bears will be playing their first division match at 1.15pm.
The Bathurst Winter Festival will wrap up this weekend. Tthere will be COVID protocols in place and enforcement of current rules. Highlights of the festival include the ice rink, ferris wheel and carousel, as well as illuminations and light shows, food drink and music aplenty. Until July 11. For full details of events being held as part of the 2021 Bathurst Winter Festival, visit www.bathurstwinterfestival.com.au.
Orange Farmers Markets
The Orange Region Farmers Market showcases produce strictly from the region, with over 60 stalls featuring flowers and plants, fruit and vegetables, artisan bread, cheeses, meats, olives and olive oil, gourmet preserves, free-range eggs and more. Saturday, July 10. 10am to noon. Naylor Pavilion, Orange Showground.
Kangaroo is the debut play from local playwright Miranda Gott, directed by former Bathurst creative Becky Russell. The play is inspired by the contrasting nature of city and country living, where life and death seems so much closer where deceased wildlife is concerned. Friday, July 9, 8pm; Saturday, July 10, 2pm and 8pm. For tickets, visit www.bmec.com.au.
Lior has a beautiful voice that is used to great effect with Tinalley String Quartet. 'Through Nature to Eternity' is a musical narrative of love, loss and compassion, using modern and classical pieces that are incisive and thoughtful, coming together as a whole performance that will leave you spell-bound. One night only. Saturday, July 17. 6.30pm to 8pm. Orange Regional Conservatorium. Tickets from www.eventbrite.com.au/e/lior-tinalley-string-quartet-tickets-140726658223.
Sydney Film Festival
A regional tour of the Sydney Film Festival will hit Orange for the first time in July. The Travelling Film Festival will bring a curated line-up of titles to the city, including acclaimed feature flicks and documentaries from this year's major film festivals; most notably the Oscars, Cannes and Sundance. July 23 to 25. Odeon 5 Cinemas.
Dance Makers Collective have discovered a secret underworld of Dad dancing. They have created a new show based around their own fathers. We won't see them busting a move on stage in Bathurst, but you will hear them in interviews and their musical preferences form the soundtrack to the show. Tuesday, July 27. 7.30pm. $18 to $42. Tickets from www.bmec.com.au/dads.html.
Orange Readers and Writers Festival
The Orange Readers and Writers and Writers Festival returns after a COVID-induced break in 2020. The program will feature inspiring fiction and non-fiction authors, including former minister Robert Tickner, crime author Petronella McGovern; ABC journalist Michael Brissenden; Photography curator Helen Ennis and high-profile tree-changer Todd Alexander. July 30 and 31. Hotel Canobolas. $95 per person. Tickets available through Eventbrite or Orange City Library on 6393 8132.
Craft & Cuppa
Come and join our friendly Craft, Cuppa and Chat Group. Bring your own projects to work on or join in sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, cross stitch, learn something new, or just come for the cuppa and a chat. Every Tuesday from 10am to 1pm ... except on the first Tuesday of each month, which is for Millthorpe CWA branch meetings. Held at the newly refurbished Millthorpe CWA Hall, 21 Pym Street. $2.50
Christmas in July
A festive winter spectacle is poised to fill Keystone 1889 next month. For two evenings [Friday, July 16 and Saturday, July 17], audiences will be treated to a Christmas in July feast, accompanied by pantomime and cabaret entertainment. There are still tickets for the Friday night. Book them at www.ctsbathurst.com.au.
You'll find fruit, veg, local products, plants, jewellery, crafts and lots more at the Blayney Rotary Market, held at Carrington Park on the third Sunday of the month. If the weather turns damp, the markets move to the Blayney Community Centre.