What's on: Central Coast
Rock of Ages
SUPPORT local talents as they rock your socks off with big sounds, big hair and big fun when Wyong Musical Theatre Company presents Rock of Ages. Performances started on May 25, and continue each night at 7.30pm from Thursday, May 31-Saturday, June 2, including a matinee on Saturday afternoon.
Songs include I Want to Know What Love Is, Don't Stop Believin', The Final Countdown and We Built This City. Tickets are $33-$50. For more information go to: thearthouse wyong.com.au.
Brackets and Jam
IF YOU'VE not discovered it yet, Brackets and Jam is a regular monthly event, featuring brackets of local music and performance interspersed with drum jams and open mic. Brackets South is at Kincumba Mountain on Friday, June 1.
The community built venue is a mud brick and natural timber building which sits in a bushland reserve, with panoramic views of Brisbane Water and magnificent sunsets. For more information, go to: bracketsandjam.com or phone 0403 805 037.
Wish to Walk Fundraiser
LOOKING for a reason for a night out? They don't get much better than this one on Saturday, June 9. The Wish to Walk fundraiser event is a fun, family-friendly, free event with music, dancing and great company. There will be loads of prizes to be won on the night through auctions and raffles.
All the proceeds go towards getting seven-year-old Lincon Craig and his dad over to Panama to receive revolutionary stem cell therapy that could well help Lincon, who has cerebral palsy realise his dream of walking one day. It's at Club Toukley RSL, Holmes Ave from 6-9pm. Find them on Eventbrite or phone 0478 725 903.
THE only question here is how to begin to tell you about everything that's going on at the Harvest Festival Central Coast over the June long weekend. Events run across the Calga, Somersby, Peats Ridge, Mangrove Mountain, Kulnura and Yarramalong areas and celebrate the fantastic local produce and producers. At Calga - Somersby, take Bush tucker tours, enjoy food and wine at Glenworth Grazing, and pick your own pecans, with tree-shaking demonstrations.
At Peats Ridge - Mangrove Mountain, there's the growers' market or enjoy music, arts and farming in a themed garden dining area at Mangrove Mountain Hall, which is also home to Blues on the Mountain from 4pm on Saturday. At Kulnura, pick your own oranges, enjoy the harvest long lunch or the Kulnura Arts and Craft Exhibition, including the first Mountain Portrait Prize, titled the Harvies. And that's just the start ... For more information go to: centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/harvestfestival.
Beer and Cider Fest
THE Central Coast Craft Beer and Cider Festival is back for its seventh year on Sunday, June 10 at The Kincumber Hotel. It features local Coast brewers and regional brewers from all over Australia showcasing a huge variety of craft beer and cider varieties.
Vote for your favourite and enjoy live entertainment, street food stalls, exhibitors and merchandise. For tickets go to: kincumberpub.com.au or phone 4369 2166.
Afternoon Tea Espanola
PEARL Beach Progress Association is offering the chance to discover Spanish music's strings and flamenco with classical guitarist Guiseppe Zangari and flamboyant flamenco dancer Chacy Penalver, as they join with string musicians and piano on Sunday, June 10 from 2.30pm-4.30pm at the Memorial Hall, 9 Diamond Rd, Pearl Beach.
Tickets are $45 adults and include a Spanish tapas afternoon tea. Bar available. Go to: pearlbeachprogress.org.au.
Bay to Bay
TERRIGAL Trotters Bay to Bay Running Festival is on Sunday, June 17 and features a half marathon for those 16 or over ($77), 12km fun run for those 7 and over ($20 7-17, $50 adults) with staggered race starts at 7am and 8am respectively at Fisherman's Wharf, Woy Woy.
There's also a 3km kids' run ($5) at Central Coast Stadium, Gosford. Go to: baytobay.org.au or, to find out more about the Trotters, about a quarter of whom are over-55s, go to: terrigaltrotters.com.au.
5 lands walk
THE 5 Lands Walk's motto is Connecting People to People and People to Place. It's a day-long festival on Saturday, June 23 and comprises a moderately easy walk that follows the spectacular Central Coast coastline for nine kilometres from MacMasters Beach to Terrigal.
It takes 4-6 hours to cover the entire route, stop and admire the views and look for whales, but allow time to enjoy the free cultural events and exhibits. Almost 90% of last year's walkers rated it an excellent experience, so you know it's got to be good. For details, go to: 5landswalk.com.au.
Orchid Fair and Show
THIS is the second biggest show in NSW, so if you love orchids, you know you have to go to the Mingara Orchid Club Fair and Show on the weekend of June 23-24.
The free event runs 9am-5pm Saturday and 9am to 3pm Sunday. There's spectacular displays from orchid enthusiasts and societies, potting demonstrations and advice. It's at Mingara Recreation Club. Go to: mingara.com.au.
Legends of League
YES, this doesn't happen till November 17, but tickets are already on sale and it's a pretty exciting event at Central Coast Stadium. Australia's newest rugby league tournament comprises nine games over just six hours and includes some of the big names and personalities of league from yesteryear.
Teams compete in a round-robin format featuring two pools of teams for over $105,000 in prizemoney. The top two teams in each pool then play one another in a semi-final format, with two teams advancing to the grand final. Go to: legendsofleague.com.au/tournament.