Entertainment plus on the Central Coast
Easter Saturday Fete
The Patonga Easter Saturday Fete on March 31 is a really special community event. There's everything you would expect from a fete, including art and craft stalls, homewares, antiques and collectables as well as jewellery, children's toys, plants, books and wonderful cakes and preserves, with the bonus of local artist Jocelyn Maughan offering portraits for a donation. There's also a giant chocolate wheel and Easter egg hamper raffle, barbecue and Devonshire teas, all in the lovely bayside village atmosphere of Patonga. The fete is on 9am-1pm at the Patonga Progress Hall at 6 Brisk St, with money raised going to hall improvements. Call 0418 993 417.
Ken Duncan Easter Special
Ken Duncan is offering a special small group event on Monday, April 2, at which he will share his photos from the Holy Land and the stories behind the images. Seating is limited to 48 people. The cost is $30 per person or $100 for a group of four. Two events on the Saturday are already sold out, so don't waste time. Tickets are available at www.kenduncan.com or call 02 4367 6701.
It's time for the Long Jetty monthly produce swap on Saturday, April 7 from 10-11am. The swap is on the first Saturday of each month, and allows producers to swap backyard goods, the produce of those goods, cuttings, knowledge and skills. It's based around the simple philosophy, of why waste your garden surplus. It's at the CWAQ Hall, 1 Pacific St, Long Jetty.
Family History Talk
Tony Seitam is guest speaker at the April 7 meeting of the Central Coast Family History Group. Tony will speak about his experiences in the closing stages of the Second World War, when his family fled from the Russians and were split up in war-ravaged Germany. He will describe his early life in Estonia and his journey across Europe, culminating in a search for a new home and the family's experiences as 'new Australians'. The Family History group meets at Gosford City Lions Community Hall (at the rear of their research rooms) on the first Saturday of the month. Doors open 11am and the meeting starts at 1pm, followed by the guest speaker. Go to www.centralcoastfhs.org.au or call 4324 5164.
Music of the Titanic
My husband is obsessed with the Titanic, so I couldn't go past this idea. The Band Played On is the music of the Titanic and of that era played by violinist Vov Dylan and members of the Palace Orchestra, recreating the band on the ship as they present everything from waltzes and operettas to popular music of the time and some American ragtime. It's part of the Morning Melodies at Laycock Street Theatre on Wednesday, April 11 at 11am, with morning tea served at 10am. Tickets are just $19 (non-theatre members). Call Phone: 4323 3233.
This could be the start of something big ... the inaugural Valley Folk music event on Saturday, April 14 is brought to you by the same folk who organise Blues on the Mountain. The night, starting at 6pm, will feature two Central Coast favourites, Toby Wells and The Little Quirks Band, plus rising star Hannah Scarr. Food and drinks are available or BYO. All proceeds go to Yarramalong School of Arts Hall. Tickets are $20 adults from Trybooking.com or call 0405 416 289.
Whether you're looking for fresh produce, plants, bric a brac, homemade soaps, candles, greeting cards, conserves, new or used clothing, musical instruments or just some fun for the kids with pony rides, jumping castle and face-painting, the Wyee Markets promise to have it all from 8am-1pm on Saturday, April 14, and on the second Saturday of each month. It's all in the grounds of the Wyee Community Hall, 114 Wyee Rd. Call 4357 1840.
Community open day
Discover what's going on behind the doors at Gosford Community Precinct at its second annual open day from 9am-3pm on Saturday, April 14. There will be a mini-fair atmosphere with bunting and gazebos as all the crafts and skills of The Cottage, the Central Coast Potters Society, the Makers Studio, Central Coast Family History Society and the Lions Club are opened up to you. See them at 8-10 Russell Drysdale St, East Gosford or call 4325 4743.
James Taylor and Carol King
Well, it's not quite them, but a celebration of the music of this legendary singer/songwriter pair, plus a selection of classic 1970s hits from artists such as Jackson Browne, Crosby Stills and Nash, Neil Young and more by a seven-piece band of singers and musicians. James Taylor and Carole King are two of the biggest selling artists of all time, with careers spanning over five decades, and songs such as Fire and Rain, How Sweet It Is, It's Too Late, I Feel the Earth Move and You've Got a Friend. It's at Laycock Street Theatre on Saturday, April 21. Call 4323 3233. Adult tickets $55.