Thu 25 Apr 2013 - Sun 26 May 2013
"Come Fly with Me" Exhibition
"Come Fly with Me" Artwork by Tanya Loviz of Loviz Art Pty Ltd, the official artist for the Blue Mountains Bicentenary Flyover 2013. Being the largest civilian flyover in Australia, held on the 25th May 2013 to celebrate the crossing of the Blue Mountains Explorers in 1813.
The Gallery is open Friday to Sunday.
You can view the original artwork and a video describing the event and the painting on my website.
The Olde Block Gallery 714 Great Western Hwy Faulconbridge
Sat 11 May 2013 - Fri 31 May 2013
Blue Mountains Blue Wave, Explorers' Bicentenary Re-enactment Walk
The Blue Mountains Blue Wave Bicentenary Re-enactment Crossing of the Blue Mountains, in May 2013, will be a 21 day event retracing, as close as possible, the original steps of the explorers Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth. The re-enactment team intends to keep to the 1813 time frame and will carry similar equipment. The authentic re-enactment party will consist of seven persons, three of whom will represent Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth, descendants will be involved, three convicts and one kangaroo hunter. They will be accompanied by four horses and five dogs. Following their preious expeditions, which had tracked the rivers upstream before running into sheer cliffs and insurmountable problems, three men set out on Tuesday 11 May, 1813, with a plan to find a passage to the western plains following a line of ridges that ran westward between the river valleys. They were Gregory Blaxland, William Lawson, and William Charles Wentworth.
Proposed Schedule Day 1 - 11th May. South Creek Farm to Emu Plains Day 2 - 12th May. Emu Plains to Blaxland Day 3 - 13th May. Blaxland to Faulconbridge Day 4 - 14th May. Staying at Fauconbridge Day 5 - 15th May. Staying at Fauconbridge Day 6 - 16th May. Staying at Fauconbridge Day 7 - 17th May. Faulconbridge to Woodford Day 8 - 18th May. Staying at Woodford Day 9 - 19th May. Woodford to Hazelbrook Day 10 - 20th May. Staying at Hazelbrook Day 11 - 21st May. Hazelbrook to Bullaburra Day 12 - 22nd May. Bullaburra to Wentworth Falls Day 13 - 23rd May. Staying at Wentworth Falls Day 14 - 24th May. Wentworth Falls to Leura Day 15 - 25th May. Leura to Katoomba Day 16 - 26th May. Katoomba to Medlow Bath Day 17 - 27th May. Medlow Bathto Mount Victoria Day 18 - 28th May. Mount Victoria to Hartley Day 19 - 29th May. Staying at Hartley Day 20 - 30th May. Staying at Hartley Day 21- 31st May. Hartley to Coxes River/River Lett ...
Did you know?
The spark that initiated the re-enactment of the first recognised European crossing of the Blue Mountains was not ignited by an academic expert but a motor mechanic who discovered a map.
Springwood’s John O’Sullivan, 69, was recovering from a near fatal accident when, during volunteer work as part of the Sir Henry Parkes Foundation steering committee of perpetual trustees in 2004, he found a map showing the Gregory Blaxland, William Lawson and William Charles Wentworth route over the Blue Mountains.
He was fascinated and began to research the crossing.
What he discovered was a story of courage, perseverance, hardship and adventure by characters with very modern human flaws and traits.
He could relate.
Born with wasting disease, Mr O’Sullivan was not expected to walk. He did.
As a young man, the motor mechanic from Liverpool was involved in a major accident which dashed his hopes of becoming a speedway racing star.
Then, in 1984 at age 40, he was working on extensions to his home when he fell off a ladder and was electrocuted. His quick thinking father-in-law and a neighbour saved his life, although he spent months in hospital and took years to recover.
Since then, he has suffered four strokes.
"It changes your values," Mr O’Sullivan said. "I have a passion for life and people, for giving and leaving a meaningful legacy for the children of the future."
The idea to re-enact the intrepid trio’s trek in costume was formed in 2007 when he established Blue Mountains Blue Wave to help celebrate and commemorate the feat by conducting a costumed re-enactment of the journey.
Fri 24 May 2013
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - presented by Blue Mountains Musical Society
Bloody. Barbaric. Beautiful.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is the thrilling musical of revenge. When Sweeney, a skilled barber with a troubled past, discovers his wife has killed herself and his daughter been kidnapped, he vows to have vengeance by any means necessary. He enlists the assistance of Mrs Lovett, a baker struggling to earn a living. Together, they are a devilish team.
Add to that some doomed young lovers, a comic character or two, numerous onstage deaths, the hauntingly beautiful music of Sondheim, a duo of bad guys, and an adorable young boy and you've got the recipe for one kick-arse musical.
This performance of Sweeney Todd will be held at the Q Theatre, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre at 597 High St, Penrith.
All seats are teired and offer an uninterrupted view of the stage. Wheelchair access is available.
All ticket sales are via the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Box Office. Phone bookings will incur a $4.00 booking fee per order. Internet bookings will incur a $4.00 booking fee per order. Please note there are no Outlet sales available for this production.
Sat 25 May 2013 - Sun 26 May 2013
Radio Players are Celebrating, the Bicentennial of the Great Western Highway!!!
We Radio Players are Celebrating, the Bicentennial of the Great Western Highway!!! Come & join us for a weekend of Celebrations, all you Radio Play Enthusiasts, Date: 25th May 2013 2:30pm Place: Mt.Vic Flicks, Harley Ave Mt.Victoria Entry: $15.00pp incl. Afternoon Tea. Bookings: Phone: 4787 1577 Plays: "The Lost Special" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle "1813 & All That" by Colin Semmler ( written specially for the Bicentennial) The Crossings Flyover will be over by 2:30pm & if you view the Planes from Mt. Victoria Park you can come across Station St. to Harley Ave. to see the Plays. Mt.Vic Flicks will be providing Afternoon Tea after the plays ( & it's always sumptuous) so please phone to tell us you are coming, for catering purposes.
And, because the next day is the last Sunday of the month, we will do it all again at Place: Mountain Heritage Hotel & Spa Cnr. Apex & Lovel Sts. Date: 26th May,2013, 2:30pm Bookings: Phone: 47822 155 Plays: "The Lost Special" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle "1813 & All That!" by Colin Semmler (See above & he is starring in the Play) The Cast for Saturdays Plays, will be Colin Semmler, Alan Cory, James Craib, John Bryant, Patrick Leonard. The cast for Sunday Plays at Mountain Heritage will include Philip Hammon, after his Bicentennial Plane Flyover Event!!!
Also our Afternoon Tea will be another sumptuous one from our sponsors Whisk & Pin. And for catering purposes & seating please phone & let us know you will be there. Ron Polglaze is supplying the equipment at both venues, for which we are most grateful. Trains will be running....no maintenance!!!
Looking forward to seeing you!
Saturday: Mt Vic Flicks Sunday: Mountain Heritage Hotel & Spa
Sun 26 May 2013
Jazz@ Wisemans with Paul Furniss
Paul Furniss is an Australian jazz musician who has been recognised internationally. He is regarded as one of Australia's best jazz musicians. He is a noted clarinetist and saxophonist but can play a number of instruments including clarinet, flute, soprano, alto and tenor saxophones. Furniss worked as an electrical engineer until the advent of the Jazz Studies program at the NSW Conservatorium of Music, when he became involved both as a student and lecturer. He also studied with the prominent jazz musician Don Burrows. Furniss became an inaugural member of Tom Baker's San Francisco Jazz Band. In 1979, Furniss took over the leadership of the Jazz Band.
In 1982, Furniss was chosen to join Bill Dillard's band for the show "One Mo' Time", which ran for several months in both Melbourne and Sydney. He toured with Dillard and the Blue Serenaders in Australia the following year for the Victorian Arts Council. He has also played for the Sidney Bechet Society in New York. In 2004, Furniss played in leading Australian jazz musician Graeme Bell's reunion band. He has also played with other notable jazz artists such as Dave Dallwitz.
We are very excited to welcome 4/5ths of the San Francisco Jazz Band: - Paul Furniss on clarinet and saxophone - Paul Baker on banjo - John Bates on trombone, and - Peter Boys on double bass.
Each session is from 12 till 3pm and guests enjoy a 2 course lunch specially prepared by Kate Beff the Riverbend's renowned chef.
Bookings are recommended.
Riverbend Restaurant Australis Retreat at Wisemans 5564 Old Northern Road Wisemans Ferry
Watch the speedway action at the Cullen Bullen Raceway – “The Action Attraction of the Central West”. Divisions include Racing Super Production, Series Production, Juniors, Street Stockers, Compact Speedcars, Microspints, Dwarf Cars, Quarter Midgets & Vintage Speedcars.
Times: 4pm – 10pm. Entry: Adults $12, Pensioners and Children $2.
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