What's On: Coffs and Clarence
IF YOU can't find an event to amuse or charm you this month, you can't be looking. The Coffs Coast and Clarence has put on its summer outfit of green, gold and blue and organisers are already in Christmas holiday mode, with carols and carnivals, markets and music. Tuck an umbrella in the car or shopping bag for unexpected showers and go forth.
INSANITY Streak with a Hint of Landscapes is the title of the new exhibition at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery. It features the work of one of Australia's favourite cartoonists, Tony Lopes, who is also a landscape photographer. The exhibition includes a selection of his photos taken locally and up and down the coast, as well as his cartoons. The exhibition is open 10am-4pm daily until January 28, 2018, except for Christmas Day.
ABORIGINAL ART OF THE CLARENCE VALLEY
YAMBA Museum is hosting an exhibition of work by Aboriginal artists from this region until December 10. The work has been selected from the indigenous collection of the Grafton Regional Gallery
WOOLGOOLGA Library is the venue for Introduction to cloudLibrary, eBooks and eAudio from 2-4pm on Monday, November 27. Bring your library card, password and digital device and find out about the newly launched cloudlibrary e-lending service. Enquiries 66484900.
EMAIL AND STUFF
COFFS Harbour's Harry Bailey Library is the venue for Internet Basics 2 from 2-4pm on November 28. This free workshop covers email, scanning and attachments. You will need an email account for the hands-on section. Visit the library or phone 66484911 for more information.
ELVIS, AMERICAN LEGEND
ENJOY an epic musical salute to the king of rock and roll, with a two-hour spectacular Elvis concert experience at Coffs Harbour's Jetty Memorial Theatre at 8pm on Friday, December 1. Starring Sean Luki-Spiteri as The King, the show will feature the timeless classics that defined the global superstar. Elvis Presley is the highest selling singer solo artist in the history of recorded music, with more than a billion records sold.
TULLARA + CECILIA BRANDOLINI
SINGER guitarist Tullara Connors is returning to her hometown of Grafton, after touring nationally and winning Best EP at the 2017 Australian Roots Music Awards. She will play at the Pelican Playhouse Theatre in South Grafton on December 1 with Sydney songstress extraordinaire Cecilia Brandolini. Doors 6.30pm; Cecilia 7.15pm, Tullara 8pm.
THE NINTH CHAPTER
TEN YEAR anniversary Grafton show for the band, back at their heritage town to celebrate 10 years of music. See them at Roche's Family Hotel, Grafton on December 1. Supported on the night by the soulful and talented Kealy Day from 8.30pm.
CHRISTMAS WREATHS WITH FLOWERS BY BONNIE
LEARN to create your own Christmas wreaths and centrepieces. $50 fee covers all materials, nibbles and bubbles, Saturday, December 2 at Grafton Shoppingworld. Two sessions, 12 noon and 2.30pm. Bookings essential, limited numbers. Tickets: Eventbrite.com.au
BOWRAVILLE Racecourse is the venue for the 2017 Geoff King Motors Macksville Cup, hoisted by the Nambucca River Jockey Club on Saturday, December 2. 11am-4pm with buses from Macksville and Nambucca Heads.
JULIE Ross Dance Studio will present the Nutcracker Ballet at Coffs Harbour's Jetty Theatre on Saturday, December 2 at 2pm and 6pm.
PHOTOGRAPHS entered in the International Day of People with a Disability Photographic competition which reach the finals will be displayed at Coffs Central shopping centre in December.
CAROLS BY CANDELIGHT AT ALUMY CREEK
GRAFTON'S Carols by Candlelight moves to a new venue this year, with the 5.30-9pm December 2 event being held at Alumy Creek Reserve, with shuttle buses to and from Market Square and the centre of Skinner St, South Grafton from 4.30pm. Gates open 5.30pm. Old Alumy Creek School Museum open. Food stalls. A special guest is vocalist and former Play School host Monica Trapaga, who will join the Clarence Valley Orchestra and Chorus for a program ranging from traditional Christmas carols to some lighter, well-known songs. TV's Prime Possum and a special guest from the North Police will also appear. Wet weather venue Grafton Cathedral church.
EDIBLE WEEDS WALK
DELVE into the seedy underworld of Bellingen's back alleys, parks and pathways and spend quality time with some shady garden folk on a weedy walk, foraging, tasting, learning, identifying and preparing on Saturday, December 2 from 9am-1pm. Now seen as the rascals of the plant world, many of these misunderstood plants once provided us with food, clothing, shelter and medicine. $55 includes lunch. Book: ourlivingcoast.com.au
MUSEUM OPEN DAY AND BOOK LAUNCH
SETTLERS of the North Bank, Raleigh and Repton is the title of a new book by John Lean which will be launched at 10am on Saturday, December 2 at Bellinger Historical Society Museum in Maam Gaduying Park (formerly Shire Council Park). A special guest will be long-time resident and descendant of original settlers Wal Tyson. Open day 10am-2pm. Enjoy a cuppa, cake and nibbles, talk to volunteers, explore the Museum, books and items for sale.
MUTTONBIRDS BY MOONLIGHT
JOIN Aboriginal ranger and Gumbaynggirr elder Mark Flanders and coastal ecology specialist Sandy van Veluwen on Coffs Harbour's Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve for a unique evening experience on Saturday, December 2 from 7.15pm-9pm. $10-$20. Book: ourlivingcoast.com.au
CLARENCE VALLEY IN FOCUS
SUBMIT up to three photos of the Clarence Valley before January 10 to be in the running for the $2000 worthy of prizes in the 2017-18 Clarence Valley InFocus competition and exhibition. This year's theme is Contemporary Clarence. Entry is free and photos are judged on creativity, originality and accordance with the theme. See clarence.nsw.gov.au for more information.
ACHIEVE ACRYLIC BRILLIANCE
SAWTELL Art Group will host a 3-day workshop with Herman Pekel on Saturday-Monday December 2-4. Enquiries George Partos 0417481736.
NAMBUCCA VALLEY CHRISTMAS CONCERT
CHILDREN'S choirs, small ensembles, solo musical performances, skits and poems by church groups will all be features of the annual Christmas Concert at the Nambucca Arts and Community Centre in Ridge St from 6.30-9pm on Monday, December 4, followed by a light supper. Presented by the combined churches of the Nambucca Valley, the concert is free but a gold coin donation and/or a supper plate contribution would be appreciated.
STILL LIFE EXHIBITION
STILL: National Still Life Award, the inaugural exhibition of Coffs Harbour's all-media still life art prize, is now on show at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery until January 18. The award, which has a major prize of $20,000 and a $5000 People's Choice award, attracted more than 600 entries from artists from all over Australia.
EIGHTH DEAN OF GRAFTON
INSTALLATION of the eighth Dean of Grafton, Rev Canon Gregory Jenks, will take place on the eve of the Feast of St Nicholas of Myra at Grafton's Christ Church Cathedral in Duke St at 6pm on Tuesday, December 5. All welcome, light refreshments served after the service.
BELLINGEN'S Nexus Art Gallery at the Old Butter Factory is hosting Corporeal by Liza Zanderigo and Earth and Easel, an exhibition by Lynette Smith and Jill Harkinson, until December 7. It will be followed by the Bellingen Youth Art Prize exhibition from December 9-25.
2017 INDIGENOUS ART AWARD
GRAFTON Regional Gallery is hosting the work of contemporary Aboriginal artists and a collection of historic photographs of Aboriginal people of the Clarence Valley until December 9. YiiY: A Method to Decolonise is an exhibition of new ceramic work by Penny Evans, the 2015 winner of the acquisitive biennial Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Award (CVIAA). The 2017 winning work by Kylie Caldwell, highly commended winner Russell Meehan and finalists in the 2017 CVIAA are on show as is the entire Lindt Collection of 1870s photographs of local Aboriginal people taken by JW Lindt.
TONI COLLETTE and Harvey Keitel head the cast of this romantic comedy about an unexpected love affair that starts at dinner and spreads through the streets of Paris after a superstitious dinner party hostess faced with 13 guests persuades her maid to join the table, posing as a wealthy Spanish visitor. See it on Thursday, December 7 at 10.30am and 1.30pm, Jetty Memorial Theatre, Coffs Harbour.
50+ CHRISTMAS LUNCH
BRING a $10 gift for the Santa sack - yummy, practical, pretty or funny and take yourself and your friends to the 50+ lunch at C.ex Coffs at 12 noon on December 7. Good food, good company and lots of laughs. $20, book at reception.
VALLA BEACH COMMUNITY CAROLS
VALLA Reserve on Ocean View Drive, Valla Beach will be the venue for the Valla Beach Community Carols from 6-8pm on Friday, December 8. Father Christmas will be a special guest and local talent will perform. Hosted by Valla Beach Community Association.
COUNTRY COUSINS CHRISTMAS CONCERT
MACKSVILLE RSL in Cooper St, Macksville will host the Country Cousins Christmas Concert on Friday, December 8 from 6.30pm, with two 45-minute dancing sessions with Barry Noble before and at interval. Favourite local country artists backed by Highway 65 band.
FESTIVE FAIR AND CHRISTMAS CAROLS
ST ANDY'S Markets in Grafton at 116 Oliver St will be the venue for a Festive Fair and Christmas Carols with market stalls, food, drink and entertainment from 7-8pm on Saturday, December 9. Proceeds to charity.
GIINGAN GUMBAYNGIRR CULTURAL EXPERIENCE
VISIT Sealy Lookout in Orara East State Forest on December 9 for the Giingan Gumbaynggirr cultural experience. Nyaggan Gapi van operated from 8.30am-5pm (tickets here $17-$33); Giingan Markets from 11.30am-5pm; Giingan Tour 3-5pm. At an important cultural site with 360-degree views, immerse yourself in the Gumbaynggirr culture through stories, songs, language and the use of native plants.
MADE IN DORRIGO STREET MARKET
DORRIGO's main street becomes a marketplace for goods grown, manufactured and produced in the 2453 postcode on Saturday, December 9, from 9am-2pm at the pre-Christmas Made in Dorrigo street market. Climb the mountain and enjoy the day.
JUMP on your motorbike and join the 24th Coffs Harbour Toy Run organised by the Salvation Army on Sunday, December 10. Bring a new toy, gift card, tinned food or donation and help the Salvos put smiles on children's faces. Meet at North Beach Bowling Club at 11am for 11.30am departure and ride to the Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshores.
CHATSWOOD High School Wind Orchestra, Chatswood High School Big Band and Valla Voices will perform at a free concert at the Nambucca Community and Arts Centre, Ridge St, Nambucca Heads at 2.30pm on Sunday, December 10.
FORCED adoptions were a feature of Australian life until the 1970s. Grafton Regional Gallery will host an exhibition, curated by the National Archives of Australian that brings a previously hidden aspect of this traumatic process to light from December 13 to January 27, 2018. Also on show will be The Bridges: The Second Year; The History of the Grafton (Bridge) and HSC art work from a selection of Clarence Valley high schools.
SAWTELL SUMMER SESSIONS
SAWTELL's CBD in First Avenue will be closed to traffic on December 14 from 5pm-8pm from for the Sawtell Community Christmas Party and second monthly Summer Session, with Lisa Hunt and other entertainers and musicians, buskers, kids' activities and rides, evening shopping, dining and strolling under the giant fig trees. BYO chairs and rugs. Hosted by Sawtell Chamber of Commerce
SWIFF PREVIEW GALA NIGHT
HELP launch the new Coffs Coast Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF) with a gala unveiling of the 50-film program over drinks and canapes at the Jetty Theatre at 6.30pm on Friday, December 15. This will be followed by the screening of That's Not Me, a charming Australian comedy featuring a twin role played by former local Alice Foulcher, who will attend the screening and a subsequent Q&A session with the film's director Gregory Erdstein. SWIFF 2018 will run from January 10-25 at locations across Coffs Harbour and Bellingen
DEMPSEY will be performing songs from his latest album as well as music from throughout his career, including favourites from the Something for Kate back catalogue. Catch the performer at C.ex Coffs on 7.30pm on Friday, December 15.
MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL - WOMEN ON FIRE
INSPIRED by a hot flush and a bottle of wine, Jennifer Linders created Menopause the Musical as a celebration of women who are facing, are in the middle of, or have survived, The Change. Join the sisterhood and see what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about. An hilarious musical parody staged to classic tunes from the '60s, '70s and '80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles. Since its first performance, the show has evolved as a grassroots movement of women who deal with life after 40 and all the challenges they face. See it at Coffs Harbour's Jetty Theatre at 8pm on Saturday, December 16.
COFFS COAST CAROLS
TUNE UP your voice for the Coffs Coast Carols from 6.30-9pm at Brelsford Park, Earle St, Coffs Harbour on Saturday, December 16. Local performers, singing and dancing, capped off with a grand finale fireworks display.
MORGO St Reserve will host the 2017 Carols Urunga evening from 5pm on Saturday December 16. Relax in this natural amphitheatre with a twin-river backdrop, listen, sing and watch the fireworks at 9pm. Free community event. BYO chair/rug/picnic or patronise food stalls.
COFFS JETTY FAMILY CARNIVAL
FAMILY-friendly carnival with all the usual carnie rides and games, March's Carnival takes over a slice of Coffs Harbour's Jetty Foreshores from Monday, December 18 to Saturday January 20 and is open every night from 6.30pm, weather permitting, with New Year's Eve a big favourite.
OBJECTS FROM HOME
OBJECTS From Home showcases a rich tapestry of stories of refugee communities in Coffs Harbour through the objects they have brought with them. Share the memories and stories of refugees' journeys to Australia and their new lives here, and learn why certain communities have relocated to Coffs Harbour at the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum at 215 Harbour Drive. Told through the voices of ESL and refugee students from Orara High School, Objects from Home explores the global issues and events that propel immigration through personal artefacts, photographs, storyboards and films. On display until January 15, 10am-4pm Tues-Sat.
VIOLET VIBES MUSIC FESTIVAL
ALL ages music festival over two stages at Grafton Racecourse on December 23. Kilter, Luke Million, Benson, Jordan Burns, Audio sonic VS Satori, Surge VS Dreamstate, GET DOWN, Nyxen, Kinder, Nocturnal Tapes, The Nights, Kealy Day, Salt & Steel, Ben Jackson B2B Daniel Webber, Sam Blanch B2B Wilso, TWO O, Cordilera, Chef De Party.
NEWPORT TO COFFS COAST YACHT RACE
YACHTS will leave Pittwater for Coffs Harbour in the 2017 Pantaenius Newport to Coffs Coast Yacht Race will start in Pittwater on Wednesday, December 27 and the first boats could arrive on Thursday, December 28 through to Friday, December 29. Post-race celebrations Coffs Harbour Yacht Club. For more: almotor.com.au coffs-race.