What's on: Central Coast
THE Central Coast Watercolour Society's biennial Springtime Exhibition is at Gosford Regional Gallery's Community Gallery from 10am-4pm from Friday, September 28 - Sunday, October 7. Opening night is 6-8pm on the Friday, and there will be more than 80 original watercolour paintings of varying subjects, plus cards and unframed works for sale. There will also be Try Your Hand classes on September 29-30 from 1-4pm in Studio 2 at the gallery, with all materials provided. Go to centralcoastwater colour.com.au or, for class information, phone Marlene on 0409 666 709.
THOSE in the know will be pleased to see old friends Marijke Greenway and Pim Sarti teaming up again for their latest Showoffs exhibition from September 29-October 1. This year, according to Art/Edit the pair have challenged themselves with a series of landscapes reminiscent of European impressionism applied to the Australian coastline. It's the pair's eight exhibition together, open daily 10am-5pm at Pearl Beach Memorial Hall.
MANGROVE Mountain Union Church is the place for poetry and good food on Saturday, September 29 from 9am. It's just $20 to be served up an assortment of bush poetry and short stories, some adopting the theme of "a little country church". Also on the menu is a hearty plateful of bacon, sausage, tomato, mushroom, eggs, toast and fruit with tea, coffee or juice. All profits go towards the upkeep of the historic 106-year-old church. Phone Judy on 0458 655 850, or go to TryBooking.
JAZZ IN THE ARBORETUM
IT'S time to fill the arboretum with jazz again on Sunday, September 30. This year, Pearl Beach Progress Association is presenting vocalist Monica Trapaga (best known musically from Monica and the Moochers in the 1990s) and trombonist James Greening in It Takes Two to Tango, an afternoon of swing, Latino and Cajun grooves from 2.30pm. Cost is $45, and booking is a must. Phone Alison Phillips on 0487 444 537.
SYMPHONY Central Coast, in association with Lyric Opera Central Coast, is presenting Puccini's Tosca with special guests Leah Thomas as Tosca, Dmitri Pronin and Sitiveni Talei at Central Coast Grammar School, Arundel Road, Erina Heights, on the weekend of October 6-7. Tickets are $40. Go to symphonycentral coast.com.au.
THOSE of you of the age will know those initials stand for Squeak, the indomitable John Paul Young. He and The Allstar Band are playing The Vanda and Young Songbook, celebrating the songwriting duo's creations that became the veritable soundtrack to the 1960s to the '80s, including hits for JPY himself, The Easybeats, AC/DC, Grace Jones and Ted Mulry. At The Art House Wyong on October 13. Tickets are $65-$69. Go to thearthousewyong. com.au or phone (02) 4335 1485.
BABY BOOMERS COMEDY
THIS is an old-style comedy and music show, with one man becoming the face of many, including Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger, Elvis Presley, Joe Cocker, the Bee Gees, Luciano Pavarotti, Ozzy Osbourne, Sean Connery and Sly Stalone, as well as the odd politician. So, if you've always wanted to see all these people in one place, Kevin A Legend's show is your chance to do just that with a dose of politically incorrect humour. It's at the Entrance Leagues Club on October 13 and costs $65. Phone (02) 4334 3233.
WOYTOPIA is a free sustainable living festival at Woy Woy South Public School on Sunday, October 14. Celebrate all things sustainable, from 9am-3pm, with music, dance, eco talks, gardening workshops and presentations, food, market stalls with organic produce to hemp clothing, kids' entertainment and more. Music will include Johnny Devilseed. Woytopia is a waste and water-wise event run on 100% green power, run by the Peninsula Environment Group (PEG). Go to woytopia.info.
ONLY held quarterly, the boutique Terrigal Vintage Fair takes place in the Terrigal Scouts Hall and surrounds, corner of Willoughby Road and Terrigal Drive. Organisers promise a variety of stalls selling authentic vintage wares including antiques, the kitsch, collectibles and coins, farmyard relics, vintage clothing and accessories, fine china, silverware and more. Entry is by gold coin donation from 8am-4pm October 20-21. Phone Carol on 0410 122 650.
PUTT PUTT REGATTA
THE Davistown Putt Putt Regatta and Wooden Boat Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary on Sunday, October 21 by being joined by boats from the Sydney Heritage Fleet. Accompanying the Coast's Codock II will be the Protex, the Banksia, the Girrakool and the Macleay, all of which will perform a sail-past in the morning, with the Protex leading the fleet for the grand parade from Davistown to Woy Woy from 11.30am. The regatta starts with judging from 9.15am and the Putt Putt Challenge, involving up to 50 boats at 10.15am. Go to davistownputtputt.com.