What's on: Central Coast
... at the Entrance
Celebrate Australia by the water, with the laidback guitar sounds of Ash Grunwald the final act at the Entrance before the fireworks at 9pm on Friday, January 26. There's a full afternoon of activities from 12pm, including of course the official Australia Day Ceremony at 1pm. There's a Lawn Games Hub for the first time this year, with giant games of Jenga, chess and Twister, an ice cream-eating competition, the NSW Corps of Marines firing the original 1820 carronade canon, Ducks for Bucks raising funds for Surf Lifesaving, beach volleyball and more.
... at Woy Woy
Woy Woy gets Australia Day activities off to a great start with a Sail Past of SES craft, historical boats, outriggers, putt putt regatta boats and Central Coast ferries down the channel from Memorial Park. There's market stalls, street performers, the annual duck race and lantern parade as well as a host of local musicians and Dragon, before the fireworks at 9.15pm. It all starts at 2pm, with the official ceremony at 3pm.
... at Ettalong
I know there will be parties galore on January 26, but this one struck me as especially fun. It's Aussie all the way at Ettalong Bowling Club, with live music from 1-5pm and 7-11pm, free family barefoot bowls from noon, a whip-cracking display at 2pm and thong-throwing at 2.30pm. Go to www.ettalongbowlingclub.net.
The Blues Angels are multi-instrumentalists - from gob irons to mandolins and banjos, sax to clarinet, bass, guitar, kalimbas, washboards and percussion - and their aim is to bring authentic acoustic folk blues/jazz/roots to the Coast. They are at Hardy's Bay Club on Saturday, January 27 playing everything from jug band to jazz-infused New Orleans shake, Chicago blues to Bluegrass bounce, plugged and unplugged from 7.30pm.
FEEL GOOD FEB
HERE'S one out of the box for you. Have you heard of Feel Good February? It was created a couple of years ago to encourage us all to be a little nicer to each other and inspire people to initiate random acts of kindness for their fellow community members. It makes you both feel good. So, why not give it a go this February? And if you feel like letting us know what you've been up to, drop us an email or post on our Facebook page #CCfeelgoodfeb.
THE EAGLES VS CREEDENCE
THE Kings of Country Rock Tour - Eagles vs Creedence is two hours of music featuring all the rock and roll classics that defined The Eagles and CCR as 1970s superstars. Part one is The Eagles - still the highest-selling American band in US history, with over 120 million album sales worldwide. Then the tribute moves to hall-of-famers Creedence Clearwater Revival, with classics like Have You Ever Seen the Rain, Lookin' Out My Back Door and Bad Moon Rising. It's all at Laycock Street Community Theatre on Saturday, February 3. Tickets $55. Phone: 43233233.
ELVIS TIMES THREE
IT'S not hard to believe that it takes three singers to live up to one Elvis. Truly the King, Elvis: an American Trilogy at The Art House Wyong on Wednesday, February 7 traces three distinct stages of Elvis's life by three of the world's leading Elvis tribute artists. Vic Trevino Jnr embodies the rockabilly sound and raw dance moves of the young Elvis. Gino Monopoli captures the movie years with tracks from iconic movies like GI Blues, and Steve Michaels channels Elvis in that famous white jumpsuit of the 1970s. Tickets are $65 adults or $55 concession. Go to www.thearthousewyong.com.au or call 43351485.
THE AUSTRALIAN TENORS
THE Australian Tenors' music spans all genres from classical arias of the best-known operas to musical theatre such as Somewhere from West Side Story, and beautiful duets including All I Ask of You from Phantom of the Opera, not to mention a few Aussie favourites. Singing with the Southern Cross Orchestra, the tenors will also feature support soprano Opera Australia's Giuseppina Grech. It's at Laycock Street Community Theatre on Sunday, February 11 from 2 to 4.30pm. Phone: 4323 3233. Adults $85, Pensioners/Concession $79.
VIVALDI, BACH, PAGANINI
IF YOU like your classical music to have a more European flavour, this is the event for you at Christchurch Anglican Church, Gosford on Friday, February 16. One of Germany's finest ensembles, Chamber Philharmonia Cologne, is performing classics from Vivaldi's Four Seasons to Bach, Tchaikovsky and Niccolo Paganini. They say their objective is simple - to inspire as many people as possible across all generations to enjoy classical music, and their popularity is such that they give about 300 concerts per year around the globe, from small churches to international opera houses. The concert starts at 8pm. Tickets Adult $40, Pensioner $35. To find out more, call the Music Centre Gosford on 43254900.
LOVE LANES FESTIVAL
AFTER a successful launch in 2017, Love Lanes Festival is back in Wyong CBD from 4-10pm on Saturday, February 17. Taking its inspiration from Valentine's Day just a few days earlier, the festival turns three of the heritage laneways in Wyong's heart into a hub of art, culture and foodie heaven. There's dining under the stars, art installations on local buildings and market stalls featuring local artisans, as well as live music stages and roving entertainment, buskers and circus acts, all designed to remind us what Wyong has to offer. More than 4500 turned out in a heatwave last year, so why not see what it's all about?