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Events January 2014

Fortnightly River Park Markets

Date: Every 2nd Sunday 2014

Venue: River Park

Held on alternate Sundays from 7.30am to 12 noon with a variety of stalls including fruit & vegetable sales, bric a brac, homemade produce, trees & shrubs etc. 

Contact the Visitor Centre on 9761 1740 or email visitors@bridgetown.wa.gov.au to find out which Sunday they're on.

Events June 2014

Bridgetown in the Winter Festival - June

Date: 1 June-31 August 2014

Contact Details: 

Please visit www.bridgetowninthewinter.com for more details..

"BRIDGETOWN IN THE WINTER" is a three month long event celebrating all that Bridgetown and the Blackwood River Valley have to offer.

FRIDAY 30TH MAYFRIDAY 30TH MAY

Battle @ Bridgy
The Green Door Inc is holding a Battle of the Bands for 18 yBattle at Bridgyear olds and under, with sections for solos, duets and bands.  It will include workshops and industry mentoring activities.  Open to youth performers from anywhere within the State.

For more information email gdbinc@greendoorbridgetown.com or phone 0419 941 152.

The Cidery
Live music at The Cidery between 5.30-7.30 pm, with local talented musicians, beautiful cider and perry, award winning beer and light meals.  Check www.thecidery.com.au for further details – no bookings required.

FRIDAY 6TH JUNE

Rural & Original Blues
6th – 8th June………………
Cold maybe?     Blues absolutely !
A weekend dedicated to enjoying rural and original blues, with a touch of rock blues in our Saturday night gig for those who want some time on the dance floor.
Whether you play, want to learn more or just want a laid back weekend with some great Blues performers this is a weekend for you.
For more info email gdbinc@greendoorbridgetown.com or phone 0419 941 152.

The Cidery
Live Music at The Cidery from 5.30-7.30pm with local talented musicians, beautiful cider and perry, award winning beer and light meals.
Check www.thecidery.com.au for further details.
No bookings required.

Bridgetown Repertory Theatre presents “Henry”
Opening Night 6th June at 8pm.
Bet you always thought that Henry VIII was a monster with a king-sized appetite for  matrimony who held major shares in StaySharp? Wrong!
This outrageously hilarious comedy script from Simon Denver, with an impressive musical score from Ian Dorricott, at last sets the record books straight.
Believing that no-one can hit a moving target, Henry ducks and weaves in his efforts to evade six aspiring Queens, whilst at the same time, out manoeuvering Katherine’s parents, the war-like King and Queen Above Parr!
As King of Hearts, Henry presides over a wacky court where his spiritual advisor is one of the boys, the jester is funnily unfunny and six ladies keep Henry in their sights, each
blissfully unaware of the existence of the other five!
Sounds intriguing?  It is, and it takes the involvement of six crowned heads of Europe and an incredible sea battle to solve Henry’s matrimonial dilemmas.

SATURDAY 7th JUNE

Pumpkin Competition Weigh-In
Bring your biggest and best to the Community Stall for a pumpkin weigh-off. The weight of the winning pumpkin will be kept secret, and the winning cucurbit will be popping up all throughout Winter Festival events, with opportunities for people to guess its
weight. The winner will be announced at the opening night.
Bridgetown Repertory Theatre presents “Henry”
See 6th June for details.

Yornup Family Dance
Yornup Hall 8 pm. $10 entry – children free. Plate of supper to shre would be appreciated. Great old time dancing.

SUNDAY 8th JUNE

Blackwood River Markets
At the River Park (on the south side of the Traffic Bridge) from 7.30 am to noon – all sorts of stalls offering produce, bric a brac, crafts, plus much more. This is the place to be on a Sunday morning!

Bridgetown Repertory Theatre presents “Henry”
See above for details. Show starts at 2pm.

FRIDAY 13th JUNE

Wescarpade Quiz Night
Help raise money for Camp Quality $10.00 per head, 6 per table held at the Bowling Club 7pm start.  Phone Sue 9761 1543 to book your table.

The Cidery
Live Music at The Cidery, from 5.30-7.30pm with local talented musicians, beautiful cider and perry, award winning beer and light meals.
Check www.thecidery.com.au for further details.  No bookings required.

Bridgetown Repertory Theatre presents “Henry”
Show starts at 8pm for full details please see 6th June.

SATURDAY 14TH JUNE

2014 South West Open Chess Championships
9.00am Saturday and Sunday & Sun at the Bridgetown Civic Centre over two days. Entry forms available at the Bridgetown Visitor Information Centre or phone 9761 1740 or for further details email norbert.muller@iinet.net.au or download an entry form.

Soup & Song
6.30pm at the Bridgetown Pottery Restaurant. Join us for a cosy night of soul warming songs and tummy warming, hearty winter soups with crusty breads.
Bookings essential on 9761 1038.

SUNDAY 15TH JUNE

Bridgetown Repertory Theatre presents “Henry”
2pm matinee – for full details please see 6th June.

SATURDAY 21ST JUNE

Antique Fair at Bridgetown Showgrounds
9.30 am – 4 pm Saturday and 9.30 am – 3.30 pm Sunday. $3 entry. Valuations carried out between 11am & 3pm for a gold coin donation.
Food, refreshments and ample car parking on site.
Phone 0403 006 871 for stallholder enquiries or details.
Application forms from the Bridgetown Greenbushes Visitor Information Centre.

Tree Change Wisdom, Part 1
Blackwood Valley Small Landholder’s Group invites you to come and learn about fences, sheep and fire prevention, all in a friendly supportive environment.
Whether you are already farming or planning a paddock change there will be things for you to learn and share.
For more information contact Kathy Dawson 9772 1381 after hours or  kdawson6258@gmail.com or check our Facebook page www.facebook.com/smalllandholders

SUNDAY 22ND JUNE

Blackwood River Markets
At the River Park ( on the south side of the Traffic Bridge) from 7.30 am to noon – all sorts of stalls offering produce, bric a brac, crafts, plus much more. This is the place
to be on a Sunday morning!

Christmas in July Carvery Lunch - unfortunately this event has been cancelled.  Apologies for any inconvenience.
 

FRIDAY 27th JUNE

OUCH Festival
A performing arts festival for 12-18yr olds that both perform and manage the night’s entertainment. The night will include music, a puppet show and theatre productions. Held at The Green Door from 6pm.
For further details call Chris Shedley 9761 7512.

The Cidery
Live Music at The Cidery from 5.30 – 7.30pm with local talented musicians, beautiful cider and perry, award winning beer and light meals.
Check www.thecidery.com.au for further details.
No bookings required.

Events July 2014

Bridgetown in the Winter Festival - July

Date: 1 - 31 July 2014

For more details on any of the events being held during the Festival, please check www.bridgetowninthewinter.com, or contact the Visitor Centre on 9761 1740, email visitors@bridgetown.wa.gov.au

OPENING WEEKEND!!

SATURDAY 5th JULY

Wellbeing Weekend
For one day meet many of the talented therapists and practitioners who are working to make Bridgetown and surrounds THE healthy living destination for the South West.

Timetable of events:
9am – 10am Pilate’s class (lots of fun- suitable for all abilities inc. beginners)
10am – 11.30am Yoga classes (three styles – all levels welcome)
12 noon – 5pm Expo of Natural Therapies/Wellbeing Practitioners (by apt.15
min – 1 hour sessions available)
5pm Healthy Mocktail Sundowner & Astrology Presentation

All day raw cakes, juices, smoothies, super foods, ferments and ‘Lunch
in a Box’ (Wheat, Dairy & Gluten free) at our ‘Raw Food Cafe`

Cost:  Free admission – Therapies & Activities – $15.00 for 15 minutes.

Venue: The Pilates & Wellbeing Centre corner of McAlinden and Steere Street.

Family Funday
At the Bridgetown Recreation Centre from 10-3pm.  Cost $5.
This event will keep the kids entertained for hours.  Plenty of fun, games to play, food to eat. Come and support CAMP QUALITY Wescarpade who raise money for kids with cancer. You might even see Batman, Dooper Dog or Bob the Builder.

Festival Official Opening Night
On the corner of Steere & Hampton St is the place to be from 6-8.30pm. The blue lights will be officially turned on with bell ringers, the choir & lots of winter games to play.

Join us for dinner in the winter cafe & enjoy a walk through the town hall which has been transformed into our very own Winter Wonderland (gold coin donation). The cafe raises money for Henri Nouwen House and will be open all weekend. The winter wonderland will be available for viewing daily until Wednesday 4pm.

Pumpkin Weigh-In
The winner of the Pumpkin Weigh-In competition will be announced during the opening ceremony.

St Paul’s Jigsaw Sale
Held at St Paul’s Church Hampton Street.

Yornup Family Dance
At the Yornup Hall 8 pm. $10 entry – children free. Plate of supper to share would be appreciated. Great old time dancing.

SUNDAY 6TH JULY

Blackwood River Markets
At the River Park (on the south side of the Traffic Bridge) from 7.30 am to noon – all sorts of stalls offering produce, bric a brac, crafts, plus much more. This is the place to be on a Sunday morning!

Winter Wonderland
From 10-4 pm the winter wonderland will be open in the Town Hall. Wander through the enchanting wonderland that has been created for young and old to enjoy. Gold coin donation.

Winter Cafe
Henri Nouwen House is providing a cafe of lovely heart warming foods for all to enjoy. Come and support this great cause and warm the cockles of your soul with lots of yummy foods.

Sunnyside Sprint
Held by the Power Dinghy Racing Club and starting at Sunnyside.
This is round 7 of the State Championships.
Contact Peter Barden 0424 307 722.

FRIDAY 11th JULY

WA State Winter Blues Challenge - please note this event has been postponed
WA Blues Opening Night – tables of 8 or single, bookings $45 per person 7.30 till lat3 12.30pm at the Town Hall – two artist/group performances. Artists will also offer question time on Memphis Tennessee Experience

The Cidery
Live Music at The Cidery, from 5.30-7.30pm with local talented musicians, beautiful cider and perry, award winning beer and light meals.
Check www.thecidery.com.au for further details. No bookings required.

SATURDAY 12TH JULY

WA State Winter Blues Challenge - please note this event has been postponed
10am start till late (TBA depending on artist application numbers), adult $25 per person.

Cycle Through The Blackwood
Come ride the hills of Bridgetown and the picturesque Blackwood River Valley in July.
Fully guided training rides on quiet roads. Long categorised climbs and fast descents and most importantly some of the best cyclist friendly coffee stops in WA. Rides of 60km, 90km, 130km or more if you’re keen.
For full details contact Graeme Pollett 0438 559 451.

Soup & Song
6.30pm at the Bridgetown Pottery Restaurant. Join us for a cosy night of soul warming songs and tummy warming, hearty winter soups with crusty breads.
Bookings essential on 9761 1038.

Bridgetown Recreation Centre
9 -10.30am  -  A medley of multiple group fitness classes including the innovative new fitness class, GYM STICK MUSCLE – learn how you can boost your strength & flexibility & tone up fast, plus ZUMBA FITNESS – don’t panic, no dance experience is required… but a lot of fun can be expected!
This class will have you working hard without even realising it. Everyone is welcome & a healthy morning tea provided after the class.
Price: $10.50 Contact Bridgetown-Greenbushes Recreation Centre on 9761 2966.

Horse Agility
A new equestrian sport rapidly growing in popularity.  Horses overcome a number of challenging obstacles, sometimes against the clock, being guided by a handler who moves along with the horse.  Also a great spectator sport.  The comp is being held over most of the day.
Contact tmgypsy@bigpond.com

Murder Mystery Night
At Nelson’s Motel – $65pp.
Bookings essential. Accommodation packages available. Phone 9761 1641. Not suitable for children.

SUNDAY 13th JULY

WA State Winter Blues Challenge - please note this event has been postponed
10am start, Adult $35 per person, including the Finals till late (TBA depending on artist application numbers).  Artist/Band performance TBA to end the show.

A Comprehensive Fitness Experience at The Shed, Dalmore Farm
Four trainers will deliver training, delicious food, learning, flexibility & fun! Morning session begins at 10am with an Outdoor Circuit class and Core Conditioning.
Paleo-inspired lunch & info about functional training, clean eating, hormones and fitness. Kettleball training & Yoga-Stretch class to round off the afternoon at 3pm.
Cost is $100pp, pre-payment is essential as spaces are limited.
Phone 9761 7030 or enquire at Lifesports.

Happyself Personal Training
9.30am -  HappySelf Personal Training Bootcamp Trainer Beth Hollett is coming to town! Any fitness levels welcome! No one is “too fit” or “too unfit”.  What’s that I hear…? Nothing? That’s RIGHT!  There are no excuses!! See you there!
Bridgetown Recreation Centre Sunday 9:30am, $10 limited spots!
Book now! 0415 051 482 or email happyselfpersonaltraining@gmail.com

SATURDAY 19TH JULY

Local Flora Guided Tour
Jenny Dewing has been involved in many aspects of local flora conservation for many years. If you want to know anything about flora in our area, she’s the woman to go to.
Jenny is happy to take a group out and about explaining & describing the local flowers that are around at this time of year.
Allow 2 hours and be prepared for a bit of a walk in the bush.
Contact Jenny on 0428 828 746.

Bird Watching
Erica Shedley has always had a passion for local bird life and would love to share her local knowledge with you.  Why not spend a couple of hours looking for birds then follow it up with a Bibbulmun Track walk tomorrow.
Contact Erica on 0437 872 954.

“Words in the Valley” Readers & Writers Festival 2014

The fifth Readers & Writers Festival will be held in the Bridgetown Library, Steere Street.

Workshop sessions are $25 each, or $40 for two sessions.  Bookings are essential and can be made through the Library, or Bridgetown Visitor Centre, Tel:  9761 1740 or via our website at www.bridgetown.com.au, click on Events.

WORKSHOPS (For author bios please visit www.bridgetowninthewinter.com):

9.30-noon   Memories for Muse  Tap into memories for fact or fiction with author Sarah Evans at her memoir writing workshop.  This fun-filled, energising workshop includes exercises to help unleash the stories hidden in the mists of time with tips on how to get them down for posterity.  It is suitable for both beginners and established writers.  Sarah is a former journalist, novelist and multi-award winning short story writer and is the author of “Seasons and Seasonings in a Teapot”, a humourous account of her family’s early years in Bridgetown.

1.00-2.00 pm  Publisher Talk  Leanne White of Wild Eyed Press will talk about the publishing process and showcase her Albany publishing house.

2.30-5.00 pm  Getting Juicy  Learn a bunch of ways to get the creative juices flowing simple, fun exercises that will help you add colour, texture and depth to your writing.  Jane Cornes has been a teacher of creative writing for many years, and brings to her classes a love of the written word and a desire to help others explore their creativity.  No experience necessary.  Bring pen and paper.

6.00 for 6.30 pm  Soup ‘n’ Stories  will be held at the Bridgetown Pottery Restaurant with a panel of authors reading extracts and joining in a lively Q&A.  On the menu is singer-songwriter and freelancer Jane Cornes who will perform a couple of her songs, author Sarah Evans who will read an extract from her recently released crime novel, “Operation Paradise”, and chick-lit author Lindy Dale who will read from her best selling novel “Storm in a B Cup”, a tale about breast cancer.  There will also be a chance to hear from other authors, including Stephen Crabbe, Dan Russell and Noreen Reeves.

For more details contact Words in the Valley coodinator Sarah Evans on 9761 2156 or email sarahevanzz@hotmail.com or visit Sarah’s Facebook page at https://facebook.com/pages/Author-Sarah-Evans/394066807304360.

SUNDAY 20th JULY

Bibbulmun Track Walk
Julie is passionate about the Bibbulmun Track and would love to give you a taste of what it’s all about.  Join Julie for a casual walk on the track (approximate 4hrs return trip).
Take a packed lunch to experience this wonderful part of our shire, don’t forget your walking shoes.
Phone 0407 536 948.

Blackwood River Markets
At the River Park (on the south side of the Traffic Bridge) from 7.30 am to noon. This is the place to be on a Sunday!

WEDNESDAY 23rd JULY

Bridgetown Golf Club Cancer Research Games
Come and play mixed golf, and help raise money for cancer research. If you are not a golfer we invite you to come for afternoon tea (gold coin donation) and purchase some goodies from our Bring and Buy Stall.  Everyone is welcome.
Contact Lyn Pendlebury on 9761 4536 for further information.

Tree Change Wisdom, Part 2
Blackwood Valley Small Landholder’s Group invites you to come and look at property and production ideas, and continue to look at fire prevention, all in a friendly supportive environment. Whether you are already farming or planning a paddock change there
will be things for you to learn and share. Contact Kathy Dawson 97721381 a/h, email kdawson6258@gmail.com, or www.facebook.com/smalllandholders

SATURDAY 26th JULY

The Cidery
Take in the ambience of The Cidery of Bridgetown, beautiful gardens, cosy fire, a superb range of ciders made from freshly crushed Pink Lady apples. And join us for a talk and tasting by John Lucey, Cidery partner, on The History of Cider and its role in the
English rural community, along with a Cider themed lunch.
12 – 3pm. Phone 9761 2204 for further details. Bookings essential.

SUNDAY 27th JULY

Banquet on the Bridge
Where else would you have a long table lunch in Bridgetown but on a bridge?!!! Sit down lunch with great food, local wines, entertainment & fun, fun, fun ( numbers are limited to the size of the bridge so get your group organised and book early for this extremely popular event on our Winter Festival calendar),
This is a licensed event so no BYO.  Unfortunately no children for safety reasons.
Buses will depart from the Railway Car Park in Bridgetown at 11.30am and 11.45am Definitely no private vehicles due to lack of parking space at the bridge.
Tickets available $120 per person from the Visitor Information Centre from 1st June or phone 9761 1740.

Telling Tales in Balingup

Date: 12-13 July 2014

Telling Tales in Balingup is an exciting children’s literacy and story telling event. Held on the middle weekend of the July school holidays. The event is designed for primary school aged children 4yrs – 13yrs.

A host of published WA authors and illustrators present interactive workshops throughout the weekend. A multiple of sessions on offer at any given time allow you to select a session which best suits you and your children. Children will also be able to learn the art of traditional book binding, and take home their very own book.

Adults can of course accompany the children to the workshops and enjoy a coffee in the cafés or browse the many interesting retail outlets. Balingup is renowned for its fabulous events and is sure to host a weekend worth attending.

Events August 2014

Bridgetown in the Winter Festival - August

Date: 1-31 August 2014

FRIDAY 1ST AUGUST

Bridgetown Repertory Theatre presents “Shenanigan’s Wake”
This is an Irish Wake where whatever could go wrong does go wrong.
Shenanigan falls dead in his favourite pub and the wake is held to give him a good send off, but people keep trying to find him to find out what he did with the Union’s funds, and why he has so many potatoes growing in his paddock.
And who is this pretty young lady who has turned up at the wake with a young babe.
The trouble starts when the Church organist starts playing, after too many sips of the Holy Water.
Contact Peter Francis to find out the venue 9761 1726.

SATURDAY 2nd AUGUST

Bridgetown Arts & Craft Centre
Open between 10am – 2pm
Open day at the Bridgetown Arts and Craft Centre on the corner of Steere and Barlee St.
Displays, sales and demonstrations of a variety of crafts including felting, spinning, crocheting, patchwork and more.

Taste of The Blackwood
You are invited to the Bridgetown Civic Centre to enjoy and celebrate the many tastes and wonders of the charming Blackwood River Valley.
2nd August 11am to 6pm & 3rd August 11am to 3pm
Admission – Gold coin donation.  See www.tasteoftheblackwood.com.au for more details.

Tony Smibert
Saturday August 2nd & Sunday August 3rd two day course.
Monday 4th August & Tuesday 5th August two day course.
World renowned artist Tony Smibert has accepted an invitation to lead a series of 2 day watercolour workshops in Bridgetown.
For further details contact Sue Allcock Ph: 9761 1591 Email toosooroo@hotmail.com

Yornup Family Dance
At the Yornup Hall 8 pm. $10 entry – children free.  A plate of supper to share would be appreciated.  Great old time dancing.

SUNDAY 3rd AUGUST

Blackwood River Markets
At the River Park (on the south side of the Traffic Bridge) from 7.30 am to noon – all sorts of stalls offering produce, bric a brac, crafts, plus much more. This is the place to be on a Sunday morning!

SATURDAY 9TH AUGUST

Ukuleles
Be entertained by this latest fad – the Ukulele!  Catch one of these groups at the various dining outlets around town or at The Green Door later in the evening.

Emporium Winter Feast
Join us for at the Emporium Bistro, 6.30pm arrival for 7pm, dinner service, shared table $65 per person, bookings essential on 9761 2018.

Tony Smibert
Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th August two day course.
World renowned artist Tony Smibert has accepted an invitation to lead a series of 2 day watercolour workshops in Bridgetown.
For further details contact Sue Allcock Ph: 9761 1591, or email toosooroo@hotmail.com

FRIDAY 15TH AUGUST

Line Dancing Workshop
At the Greenbushes District Hall
6-7.30 pm workshop
8.00pm til late – Line Dance & Old Time Dance Social (live band ‘Retrosonic’).
Cost: $10/Adult, $5 Student 12 & over (children under 12 free)
Bookings contact Leonie 9782 5717.

Friday Night Pizza ’til 9pm
Cakes at Tasty Edibles, Blackwood Road, Greenbushes, 9764 3361. No bookings required.

 

SATURDAY 16TH AUGUST

Greenbushes Community Garden
10.30am Demonstration “How to build a Native Bee Hotel”
11.15am Inspiring guided tour of the new habitat garden and frog pond. Seedlings produce
and preserves, plus morning tea, cakes, slices and coffee available for purchase
Contact Tracy Lansdell froggfamily@bigpond.com.
No booking required. Gold coin donation.

Blackwood Basin Group Wetland Family & Kids Planting Day
12.30-4.30pm – Meet at the Community Garden.  Activities include: stickers and seedlings, wetland quiz & prizes, design, decorate & design permanent hand-made label to a seedling for planting.
Contact 9765 1555.

Greenbushes Discovery Centre
10.00am – 2pm – Visit the interactive displays at this WA Tourism award-winning interpretive Centre.  Check out the replica underground mine, the virtual indoor forest, or go bush on one of our forest walk trails. Experience the history of Greenbushes along
the main street.
Contact 9764 3883.

High Tea
1-4pm at Cakes at Tasty Edibles, Blackwood Rd.
Phone 9764 3361. $20pp, Bookings Essential.

Brew Your Own Organic Fertilisers
2.30-4.30pm – Learn how to make your own organic fertilisers including Bio Fertiliser, Compost Teas, Worm and Weed Fertilisers. Demonstration & recipes included.
Location: BlueSky Retreat, Lot 15 Huitson Rd, Greenbushes.
Cost $5pp. Christine King 0419 929 310 or blueskyretreat@westnet.com.au

Arts & Craft Display & Activities for Children (Aged 6-13)
2.30-5pm  -  A range of arts, crafts & computer-based games available to entertain your children whilst you enjoy viewing the Craft Club displays or participate in other activities.
Cost $6 per child. Greenbushes Community Resource Centre, 46 Blackwood Rd, Bookings recommended Contact: 9764 3575.

The Exchange Hotel
5.30pm-late  -  The historic Exchange Hotel, 22 Blackwood Rd, presents local original Blues band “The Riders”, also featuring Mark Lee Cropper.
Menu available.
No bookings required, contact: 9764 3509.

 

SUNDAY 17TH AUGUST

Breakfast at The Shamrock Hotel
8.30-10am Bookings not essential.
Contact Kim Hockings 9764 3512.

South West Vietnam Veteran’s Commemoration March & Ceremony
10.15am  -  Muster at the Shamrock Hotel for Commemoration March.
10.30am  -  March commences to the Cenotaph for the Wreath Laying ceremony (open to public).
The Vietnam Veterans & their families will gather in Greenbushes to commemorate Vietnam Veterans Day with a Commemoration March & Wreath Laying Ceremony. Contact Greenbushes RSL Secretary Pat Scallan 0427 643 508.

Greenbushes Wattle Walk
12.20pm  -  Meet at the Greenbushes Discovery Centre, 38 Blackwood Road.
Duration approx. 2hours.
Tea for a gold coin donation after the walk.
Contact Leonie Eastcott on 9782 5717, 0427 643 065.

Greenbushes Community Chest Art Trail
June 1st – August 30th  -  Displaying local artists from different genres throughout Greenbushes. Contact Shannon or Luke at Cakes by Tasty Edibles to pick up
your map or for details 9764 3361.

Blackwood River Markets
At the Bridgetown River Park (on the south side of the Traffic Bridge) from 7.30 am to noon – all sorts of stalls offering produce, bric a brac, crafts, plus much more. This is the place to be on a Sunday morning!

SATURDAY 23RD AUGUST

Eat, Drink, Shop
This weekend Bridgetown’s eateries, boutique gift stores and wineries come together to showcase all that Bridgetown has to offer.
Check advertisements over the weekend for store specials, promotional workshops, food tastings and entertainment.

“Jim Jam” Jam at The Green Door
A weekend of jamming, workshops and networking open to musicians and music lovers from everywhere. We will be jamming all weekend & Saturday night we have a very special jam & invite you to come along all snuggled up in your pyjamas and dressinggowns.
More info 0419 941 152 or email gdbinc@greendoorbridgetown.com

SUNDAY 24TH AUGUST

Eat, Drink, Shop Bridgetown continues.

SATURDAY 30th AUGUST

RFDS Blue Ball
The theme is blue & it will be held at the Town Hall, $20per person 8pm start bring a plate. Contact Patricia Martin 9761 1946.
Proceeds go to support Royal Flying Doctor Services.

SUNDAY 31ST AUGUST

Blackwood River Markets
At the River Park (on the south side of the Traffic Bridge) from 7.30 am to noon – all sorts of stalls offering produce, bric a brac, crafts, plus much more. This is the place to be on a Sunday morning!

WA Country Builders Duck Derby
“Adopt a Duck”!  Purchase your $3 Adoption Certificate from the end of April onwards at the Bridgetown Greenbushes Visitor Centre or from one of many local businesses and then… be there to cheer on your duck at 4pm at the River Park.  Ducks are launched from below the Bowling Club & ’paddle’ to the finish line near the traffic bridge just past the snowman. Cash prizes for the first 3 ducks over the line.
This event is kindly sponsored by WA Country Builders.

Goodbye to Winter with The Burning of the Snowman
What a great place to burn the snowman!!  Let’s put him in the middle of the river & watch him burn winter away.
At approx 5pm the snowman will be lit. The Mucky Duck Bush Band will be there to  entertain you from 4pm as well as food & drinks being available.
All this will be happening under the bridge. So why not come & show your support, watch the ducks, enjoy the music & food & catch up with a few friends.

Power Boat Race
Power Dinghy Racing Club holds a River Race which is held on a unique and exciting stretch of the upper Blackwood River – which is only raced in this event.
The race features great scenery, both on and off the water as well as plenty of action.
Sunday will be the official race day where the start will be at the Sunnyside Oval and will go through Bridgetown and finish at the Maranup Road Bridge.

Taste of the Blackwood Festival

Date: 2-3 August 2014

6th annual  Taste of the Blackwood.  Saturday 2nd August 11am - 6pm and Sunday 3rd August 11am - 3pm. Bridgetown Civic Centre.

 

Visit the 6th Annual Taste of the Blackwood and please your palette at this delicious culinary event, which is a celebration of fine food, award winning wines and talented musicians from the Blackwood Valley Region.  Indulge yourself with free tastings as you make your way through food and wine stalls showcasing the quality, diversity and value of local produce. This family friendly event also features cooking demonstrations and workshops for both children and adults, as well as live entertainment throughout the festival. Take the time to talk to our producers and experience their enthusiasm for both their produce and the spectacular Blackwood Valley itself.  The best part?  It only costs a gold coin donation to enter.

 

Nannup Flower & Garden Festival

Date: 14-17 August 2014

Venue: Nannup

Contact Details: 

Phone 0417 974 345  or www.nannupgardens.org.au

Activities are - Open Gardens, Garden Village Weekend Market, Gardeners Day Out (Sunday), Choir Singing, Town Hall Floral Tribute, Holberry Sculpture Walk, Heritage Agricultural Display, Mad Hatter'sTea Party, Quilt Exhibition

Check www.nannupgardens.org.au for further information

Greenbushes Discovery Centre Wattle Walk

Date: 17 August 2014

Venue: Greenbushes

The Greenbushes Wattle Walk is held on the 3rd Sunday of August.  The walk starts from the Greenbushes Discovery Centre in Blackwood Road, Greenbushes for a walk through the forest areas on one of the Greenbushes walk trails to view the many different types of wattle in bloom in the area.  On your return to the Discovery Centre go inside and have a look at the displays dipicting the mining and timber industries, farming and natural heritage of the Greenbushes area.

Balingup Medieval Carnivale

Date: 23-24 August 2014

Venue: Balingup Village Green

Contact Details: 

Peter Kirk - President - 9764 1101 Email: pgda@bigpond.com Tony Byrne - Entertainment - 9764 1511 Email: tonybyrne13@westnet.com.au or visit www.balingupmedievalcarnivale.com.au

Medieval Carnivale -  <p> Two days of medieval fun, and mayhem for all visitors. Deep in the South West of WA, Balingup, a tiny town, 20 mins north of Bridgetown, erupts into a colorful Medieval Affair, inviting all visitors to join in the fun.

During the Carnivale Weekend, the town is ablaze with colorful tulips and glorious banners, from Friday night to late afternoon on the Sunday, the Kingdom of Balingup comes alive with fantastic medieval characters. Jesters, Jugglers, Knights and Maidens relive times gone by, with re-enactments of medieval life including dancing, fighting and various other tasks and activities for visitors to get their hands dirty.

Delicious country style food is available throughout the weekend and local wineries provide award winning wines to make this weekend a truly medieval Affair.

Time:    10 am - 4.30 pm each day

Location: Balingup Woods, community centre grounds, Balingup, Western Australia, 6253

www.balingupmedievalcarnivale.com.au

Events September 2014

Bridgetown High School 60th Reunion

Date: 5-7 September 2014

Venue: Bridgetown High School & other venues

Contact Details: 

Marie Perrier, Tel:  0418 611 130 or email bhs60th@gmail.com

You are invited to attend the Bridgetown High School 60th Reunion!

Get yourself a taste of Bridgetown High School history with a range of activities, class reunions, displays and entertainment.

Music by former students of the school during the day and at local venues later the Bridgetown Hotel, The Cidery and The Emporium.

Along with the Landscape Exhibition, "Past & Present School Sites", at the Bridgetown Pottery Restaurant on Friday evening and the official opening of the Alumni Association Drama Studio on Saturday, you won't want to miss out!

Events October 2014

Manjimup Bluegrass & Old Time Music Weekend

Date: 3-5 October 2014

Venue: Manjimup Town Centre

Featuring the fabulous bluegrass group from Brisbane, The Company.

There will be concerts and workshops featuring The Company, jam sessions with Greg McGrath, performance opportunities on the Local & Visitors Stage and activities for kids. 

Generally a good fun weekend, a chance to bring the kids and or grand kids and have a relaxing low cost weekend in the heart of the South West.

Come and meet other people who love music, dance the Friday night away, make new friends and sit around and play and listen to music.

Keep an eye on the web site for updates:

www.manjimupbluegrassnoldtimemusicweekend.com

 

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Harvey Dickson Rodeo

Date: 24-25 October 2014

Venue: Boyup Brook

Contact Details: 

Harvey & Rose Dickson - 9765 1125  or email  - harveydickson@westnet.com.au   or check out the webiste  www.geocities.com/harveydickson

Friday 24th October - Rodeo Shindig.

Saturday 25th  - Gates open 9.30 am for Rodeo 2 pm - Licensed Bar, hot food, drinks, camping available.

Huge music program 6 pm til late.

 

Log onto www.harveydickson.com.au and click bookings or phone 9765 1125 or mobile 0429 651 125

Rotary Blackwood Marathon

Date: Last Saturday in October - 26th October 2014

Venue: Boyup Brook start, Bridgetown finish

Rotary Club of Bridgetown will again host the Blackwood Marathon in 2014.

The Marathon is an annual relay race - first held in 1979 - consisting of five stages; running, canoeing, swimming, horseriding and cycling. Based on the Marathon of classic Greece the aim is to take a message from Boyup Brook to Bridgetown by a series of team members with different transport methods who pass on a numbered bib from one team member to the next.  The Marathon is always held on the last Saturday of October each year.

The event commences at the Boyup Brook Oval and finishes in Bridgetown. 

The event is made up of teams to include canoeing, swimming, running, cycling and horse riding as part of the relay.  The inclusion of the horse leg in the relay also requires that a veterinarian examine all horses before they start.

The event is open to all types of competitors ranging from Olympians such as Shane Gould and Robert De Castella to those who compete in a more casual way.

There are those sturdy individuals, Iron Men and Women, who compete in every leg.

Set in beautiful countryside and the Blackwood River, the event is great to watch from the spectator point of view. A useful map is available from the web site.

It is essential that all prospective participants read the Entry Form for rules and information pertaining to the Marathon.  You can download the conditions of entry and an entry form by clicking on Events on the left hand menu.

 

Festival of Country Gardens

Date: 31 October -2 November 2014

Venue: Blackwood Valley area

Contact Details: 

Contact Peta Townsing 9764 1111 or email festival@countrygardens-australia.com

website  www.countrygardens-australia.com

This is the main component of the Festival of Country Gardens after the Prelude in October. 

The Festival is held over 4 days starting Thursday 1st November featuring gardens throughout the Blackwood Valley area (Bridgetown, Balingup, Nannup, Manjimup & Donnybrook areas)

There will be morning walks to explore for interesting spring flowering trees and for wildflowers in the local jarrah forests near Bridgetown.

Pick up a Festival of Country Gardens booklet from Visitor Centres or Hillview Garden Centre (Bridgetown).

Events November 2014

Ford House Garden Fair

Date: 2 November 2014

Venue: Ford House

Contact Details: 

Jenny Rotman at Ford House 9761 1816

Ford House Garden Fair is held in the grounds & gardens of Ford House 9.30am to 3.30pm.  $5.00 inclues Fair & Garden entry.  Lots of stalls specializing in plants such as roses, clivias, succulents and cottage plants.  Ford House address is Eedle Terrace, Bridgetown. 

Blues at Bridgetown

Date: 7-10 November 2014

Venue: Bridgetown Town site

Contact Details: 

www.bluesatbridgetown.com

Blues office phone number 9761 2921

2014 Blues at Bridgetown will be the  22nd Festival with various artists. You can check out the list and their profiles on the Blues at Bridgetown website.  

Tickets are available for purchase through the Blues at Bridgetown website with options for weekend (3 day pass), day tickets for Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

 

Bridgetown Agricultural Show

Date: 22 November 2014

Venue: Bridgetown Show Ground

Contact Details: 

Email bridgetownagriculturalsociety@gmail.com

www.bridgetownshow.com.au

The longest running Agricultural Show in the south-west!

This is the country show - come in and see the animals, woodchops, handicrafts, art and much, much more.  This is the true Australiana experience!

Also on display is local produce & livestock, commercial stalls, sideshow alley, dog high jumps and lots of entertainment for the children.

 

 

The show finishes with a fireworks display.

 

 

Events May 2015

Two Oceans Mountain Bike Race

Date: 2-9 May 2015

Venue: South West WA

Contact Details: 

Please see www.2oceansmtb.com for further information.

An international epic eight day stage race that provides challenging terrain and racing for competitors and showcases the beauty of the south west of Western Australia.  The ever-changing landscape of the 2 Oceans MTB adventure is a blend of towering Karri and Jarrah forests, lush vineyards, thrilling technical downhills and abundant wildlife. These pristine, unspoilt environments are the habitat of marron, kangaroo, cockatoos, many native marsupials and over 300 varieties of stunning wildflowers.  They’re also home to some phenomenal singletrack in and around Bridgetown, Manjimup, Pemberton and Northcliffe.