What's On: Northern NSW
THE Celtic Circle Dance School is a fun, fresh dance school catering to all ages.
The school focuses on learning traditional Irish steps and footwork, with the more graceful form of using arms and skirts, loosely based on the Highland and Galician dance forms. It is a non-competitive Irish Dance School, but they do love to take part in displays and the local eisteddfods. Their vibe is a mixture of exploring Celtic pagan roots, traditional steps with contemporary Celtic music and romantic costuming. Held 4-5pm on December 19 at Bexhill Hall, 2 Clunes Street, Bexhill. Details on www.facebook.com/celticcircledance or phone Karen Clark on 0431425298.
THE Nimbin Farmers' Market is held each Wednesday afternoon, next held December 20 from 3pm.
A great opportunity to buy fresh produce with very limited food miles, including bread, meat, vegetables, tofu, cheeses, and other seasonal fruit and vegies. All produce is grown locally, by local farmers, for the enjoyment and health benefits of locals and visitors to the village. A free event from 3-6pm at Green Bank Carpark, 39 Cullen Street, Nimbin. Inquiries to Jason Grignan on (02) 66891512.
KINGSCLIFF Markets are held in Jack Bayliss Park on Marine Parade, Kingscliff, the second and fourth Saturday of every month from 7am-1pm, including December 23, with the picturesque backdrop of Kingscliff Beach. There is plenty of parking on Marine Parade. With a beautiful beachfront location and an array of local produce, Kingscliff Markets are truly enjoyable for all ages. Spend a relaxing Saturday morning strolling through the vast array of gourmet food, produce, craft, artwork, fashion, jewellery, flowers, gifts and food stalls. Why not pick up some fresh fruit and vegetables and have an afternoon feast or swim after browsing through the stalls? See kingscliffmarkets.com (fortnightly event).
THE Channon Folk Club is a group of local volunteers who donate their time to organise an open microphone on the fourth Sunday of the month. Now in recess and next meeting February 25 starting at 2pm. They encourage a mix of musical styles with an acoustic feel. Venue is The Channon Butterfactory Tavern, 51 Terania Street, The Channon. Inquiries to Ray Flanagan on (02) 66886100 or email thechannonfolk club2.com.au.
THE Tropical Fruits New Year's Festival is a celebration held in the city of Lismore NSW, an area rather appropriately known as the Rainbow Region. This is a celebration of LGBTI culture, which has a strong presence in the region. This New Year's Eve we welcome you into midnight in the Garden of Fruity Delights, as we illuminate the darkness and unlock the gates to our lost neon wonderland. For 2017, the four-day festival includes the street parade along Molesworth Street on Friday, December 29 (from 4pm), the New Year's Eve Party at the showgrounds on Sunday, December 31 (from 8pm-6am), the pool party at the Lismore Memorial Baths on Monday, January 1 (from 10am-4pm) and the recovery party at the showgrounds on January 1 from (4pm-1.30am). See tropicalfruits.org.au.
THE Great Eastern Fly-In is a unique Australian aviation event. Pilots, their families and friends fly in from all over Australia on January 6 and 7 to enjoy a great summer holiday with a difference. Locals, young and old, come to marvel at the latest in aircraft, air displays, and have the ride of their lives. See the Aviation Museum, RPA/drone flying, re-enactment groups, Rural Fire Service, kids' activities, aviation stalls and model clubs. Talk to pilots who have built their own planes. The event is held at Memorial Airport Drive, Evans Head, NSW. greateasternflyin.com or phone 66215592. Free.
SOUL Street is Byron Bay's New Year's Eve family-friendly street party, hosted by Byron Community Centre. With Jonson Street closed off, it becomes the colourful hub of this interactive town gathering. The centre of town will be filled with market stalls, food vendors, face painters, four stages, numerous bands, buskers, circus performers, fire twirlers, drummers and children's activities. All the market stalls will run down the centre of Jonson Street from Byron Community Centre to Lawson Lane and throughout Railway Park. Jonson Street is closed, along with Railway Park, from 4pm. The alcohol-free event on December 31 runs from 4pm-midnight. Free parking will be available in Butler Street Reserve, a short walk from the Byron Bay CBD. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
VETERAN Aussie rock star Issi Dye presents his Legends of Rock 'n' Roll show on Tuesday, January 9 at 10.30am. Starring with Issi will be award-winning Roy Orbison presenter Glenn Douglas. Issi will perform his legendary tribute to Johnny O'Keefe as well as join Glenn in the Everly Bros show. Supporting the show will be one of the Gold Coast's most popular singers, Wendy Andrew, known for her tributes to Cher, Tina Turner and Shania Twain. A great line-up of Aussie talent and wonderful songs to sing along with. Ticket prices $7 to $15 for the show at Twin Towns, Wharf Street (corner of Boundary Street), Tweed Heads. Free call booking office 1800014014.
INCREASINGLY, creativity is being seen as a major indicator in improving people's health and well-being. Art on Bundjalung Country is a major partnership between the Lismore Regional Gallery, Arts Northern Rivers, North Coast Primary Health Network, Bulgarr Ngaru Aboriginal Medical Corporation and University Centre for Rural Health to stimulate artistic practice for emerging Aboriginal artists to enhance their social, economic and health outcomes. Throughout 2017, a series of workshops have been held across the region by established Aboriginal artists to pass on their creative skills to emerging Aboriginal artists. An exhibition of their work is on show at the Lismore gallery (11 Rural Street) until February 11.
TOKENS OF TRAVEL
SENDING postcards and buying a souvenir or two were once part and parcel of a trip away, before the days of personal cameras and instant selfies. Ceramic dishes, trinkets, cups and saucers, toothpick holders, spoons and tea towels were some of the most popular take-home items. Charming examples of all these souvenirs from the early 1900s through to the present are among Tweed Regional Museum's latest exhibition, Wish you were here: tokens of travel. The exhibition continues until May 2018 and includes a strong focus on holidays at the beach, which was a big reason for holidaying in the Tweed and around the border. Items depict Murwillumbah and coastal and rural villages. See: museum.tweed.nsw.gov.au.