What's on: Northern NSW
MAN IN BLACK
AFTER a sell-out stint with The Man In Black in Melbourne's Athenaeum Theatre at the end of 2017, Tex Perkins is once again reprising his Helpmann Award-winning role - this time for a massive Australian tour. Tex, along with the Tennessee Four and Rachael Tidd, will hit the road throughout May and June, taking The Man In Black - The Johnny Cash Story far and wide. Tex Perkins' reverence for Johnny Cash's career is evident in the way he approaches every song. It is said his affinity with Cash started in his earliest band and is an enthusiasm he hasn't relinquished. At Twin Towns Showroom, Tweed Heads, on May 26, starting 8.30pm. Tickets $79. Book at: twintowns.com.au.
THE Ballina to Byron Bay Charity Walk on Sunday, May 27, a fundraising event for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, starts at Missingham Park in Ballina, follows the coastline north to Lennox Head, Broken Head, Tallows Beach to Cape Byron Lighthouse and finishes at Denning Park in Byron Bay, next to the surf life saving club. Participants can choose to finish at Lennox Head (13km), Broken Head (25km) or Byron Bay (37km). The walks are an all-terrain challenge across sand, bush track and roads. The scenery creates an awe-inspiring backdrop. It is a non-competitive social event. Participants can enter individually or in teams of two to 20 people. Go to: coastalcharity walk.com.au/.
CLAIMING the title of the Beef Capital of Australia, Casino becomes a buzz from May 19 to 29 as NCMC Casino Beef Week begins with the annual celebration of our leading agricultural industry... beef. With more than 100 activities on offer from industry events, educational talks, fashion parades, horse racing, rodeo, art, music and dance, Beef Week is the electricity which powers the town into a vibrant centre of hustle and bustle. So why not get your family and friends together and savour the taste of the country and join the fun things to do that will provide you with memories to last a lifetime. Make sure you go to: casinobeefweek.com.au to plan your trip and follow Casino Beef Week on Facebook.
LENNOX Head is having a party in the main street on Saturday, June 2, and everyone's invited. The Love Lennox Festival is a celebration of everything you love about Lennox Head as a quality cultural destination - beautiful beaches, family ambience, superb quality food and drinks, chic boutiques, great music and exciting entertainment. The event starts at 9am and is a family fun atmosphere with a variety of performances by buskers and entertainers, local business specials and giveaways. Go to: lovelennox.com.au/.
IN THE SWIM
THE latest exhibition at Crawford House Museum is In the Swim. It features stories, photographs and memorabilia about water sports such as swimming, water polo and surfing associated with the people of Ballina Shire. The museum is at 10 Wardell Rd, Alstonville, and is open Fridays 10am-4pm and Sundays 1-4pm. Inquiries (02)66281829, firstname.lastname@example.org or go to: aphsmuseum.org.au.
OLD AND GOLD
BRUNSWICK Heads will once again host the award-winning Old and Gold Festival on Saturday, June 9. With four fairs and more than 80 garage sales around town, if you're on the lookout for a great bargain, this event is not to be missed. Celebrating all things collectable, antique or secondhand, the festival also features a marbles championship, face painting, music and entertainment, barbecues, cake stalls and book sales. Come along on the day and pick up a bootload of bargains, enjoy the atmosphere, and see what Brunswick Heads has to offer. Go to: oldngold.com.au or phone (02)66851003.
RUN on the first Sunday of the month and set amid the trees on the Iluka Sports Ground, the Iluka Markets have become widely recognised as having a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. Wander through this market and you will find variety and quality stalls. There is locally inspired art, original craft and woodwork, handmade jewellery, locally produced soaps, cakes and preservatives - the list goes on with this growing market, only 12 minutes off the Pacific Highway at corner of Owen and Spenser Sts. Inquiries (02)66466177.
THE latest exhibition at the Margaret Olley Art Centre will feature works by contemporary artists inspired by the objects which surrounded her and became integral to her life's work. The extraordinary collection of things that filled Margaret Olley's home studio at Duxford St, Paddington, was the subject matter for her paintings for nearly 50 years. For the exhibition A Painter's House four contemporary painters were invited to respond to objects in Olley's home studio. The exhibition runs until October 7 at the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre, 2 Mistral Rd, South Murwillumbah. Go to: artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au/.
KINGSCLIFF Markets are held in Jack Bayliss Park, Marine Parade, Kingscliff, the second and fourth Saturday of every month from 7am to 1pm, with the picturesque backdrop of Kingscliff Beach. 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. Inquiries call 0406724363 or go to: kingscliffmarkets.com.
UKI Buttery Bazaar runs every third Sunday of the month. Come along and enjoy the wonderful village atmosphere that is Uki. Half the fun is getting there - breathe fresh air and take in the spectacular mountain scenery. The village bazaar at 1454 Kyogle Road keeps buzzing all morning. Stay for a scrumptious lunch. Cruise the trash and treasure bargains, take home a plant or two, and meet the friendly locals. Go to: ukivillage.com.au/community/markets.