SEE what's on in your region to enjoy these coming months.
Spring Festival parade
IT'S time to put your thinking caps on if your group is interested in taking part in this year's Laidley Spring Festival parade. The theme is Songs of Yesteryear, and Lockyer Valley mayor Tanya Milligan said it could embrace everything from music to the area's agricultural history, scenery and historic drives. Entries opened on July 1 and community groups and businesses are encouraged to enter. The actual event is September 6-8, so pop that in your diaries as well. For further information, phone council on 1300 005872 or go to the website lockyervalley.qld.gov.au.
Stanthorpe Art Prize
THE Stanthorpe Art Gallery Society has run the Stanthorpe Art Prize since 1972. This year's exhibition is on show until July 19 at the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery. Of the more than 1000 entries from around the world, the $25,000 prize went to Ipswich-based Jason McNamara for his photograph of Rat of Tobruk Clyde and wife Mary, at the kitchen table. Jason believes part of its appeal is it reminds viewers of their own grandparents. The gallery, in Lock Street, is open 10am-4pm Tuesday to Friday and weekends 10am-1pm. Go to srag.org.au or phone 4681 1874.
TOOWOOMBA Orchid Society holds its winter show on the weekend of July 14-15 from 8.30am-3pm at St Paul's Church, corner of James and Phillip Streets. There will be hundreds of orchids on display, plants for sale and speakers and demonstrations. The group meets at 7.30pm on the fourth Friday of each month except December. Phone Bernie on 0424 644068.
Johnny Cash tribute
JOIN award-winning country singer Daniel Thompson, Golden Guitar-winning Stuie French and The Tennessee Express for a tribute to musical legend Johnny Cash at the Empire Theatre on Friday, July 20. The ensemble is revisiting Cash's 1968 performance at Folsom State Prison, California, which became widely regarded as one of the greatest live albums ever recorded. It's where he first uttered his immortal words "hello, I'm Johnny Cash". The concert will also feature a set of Cash's other greatest hits. Adult tickets $65. Go to the website empiretheatre.com.au or phone 1300 655299.
Richard Gill cancellation
SAD news for those of you who had been looking forward to spending An Evening with Richard Gill on Friday, July 20 at USQ Artsworx, with the event having to be cancelled due to ill health. An outstanding talent in his own right as a conductor and an outspoken advocate for music education, Richard has been a popular guest on Spicks and Specks and Q&A. Ticket-holders will receive a full refund. If you have questions, phone 4631 1111.
QCWA Darling Downs and Toowoomba City Business Women's branch are holding a theatre night on Tuesday, July 24 at the Repertory Theatre, 94 Margaret Street, Toowoomba. The production is Plaza Suite by Neil Simon. Doors open at 7pm and curtain up at 7.30pm. Tickets are $20 each and supper is provided. Phone Phoebe on 0438064996. Public performance nights are July 21, 27 and 28. Phone 4632 8058. Performances start on July 14 to aid various groups including Lions, St Vincent's Cancer Care, Inner Wheel, Toowoomba West Anglican Parish, Toowoomba Photographic Society, St Luke's and the Masonic Council. Go to toowoombarep.com.au.
THIS month's Cobb+Co Museum Curator Conversation at 2pm on Wednesday, August 1 is with Rob Shiels, collection manager at The Workshops Rail Museum. He will talk about the Queensland Railway Department during the First World War. The railways were one of the state's largest employers and the war created huge demands, but at the same time drained skilled staff and revenue. The Queensland Railway Department provided specialised trains, fitted out as mobile recruiting depots, that were sent to regional areas to make it easier for local men to enlist. Go to cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au, phone 4659 4900 or just turn up.
Royal Bull's Head Inn
THE Royal Bull's Head Inn at Drayton is opening its doors for a special remembrance on Sunday, August 5, celebrating christenings that took place at the inn. There will be a display of old and new christening outfits and old prams, and the Toowoomba Lacemakers will display christening outfits they have worked on, and demonstrate their craft. The inn was established in 1847 by ex-convict William Horton, who extended it in 1859 to a then-luxurious two-storey hotel that even included a bathroom. The Royal Bull's Head Inn opened to the public as a museum in 1985 and will open from 10am-4pm. Phone 4637 2278 for details.
Letters to Lindy
THE story of the Chamberlain family tragedy captivated the nation and over three decades from baby Azaria's death to the final coroner's report, the public wrote more than 20,000 letters to Lindy. She archived these and they became the source for this play, written by the award-winning Alana Valentine and starring Jeanette Cronin. It's at Empire Theatre on Tuesday, August 7. Adult tickets $52. Go to piretheatre.com.au or phone 1300 655299.
This Time Around
LITTLE Pattie joins the boys from Chapter III and Sir Jeffrey's People for this year's JB's Presents This Time Around Tour on Saturday, September 29. Funds raised will again go to the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation. While it's still a while off, Tickets are on sale, and you don't want to miss out. , with Chapter III having played together for over 50 years now, and bringing back lots of good memories for many people. Tickets are $45, Go to toowoomba hospitalfoundation.org.au or phone 4616 6166.