What's on: Toowoomba
THE Feather & Lawry Gallery is hosting its last showcase of the season, with 5% of all sales donated to the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation's Neighbourhood Christmas. Opening night is Thursday, November 15 from 5.30-8.30pm. Showcase Four, All I Want for Christmas ... represents eight artists' original artwork, ceramics, woodwork, textiles, glasswork, jewellery and more. The gallery is at 4 Russell St, Toowoomba.
DAVID USHER EXHIBITION
David Usher's exhibition In League with the Highway... (an endless panorama) will run at Toowoomba Regional Gallery from Sunday, November 18-December 16. It reflects his memories "of gazing endlessly out of the passenger window on road trips throughout parts of Western Queensland and Australia".
That's something we can probably all relate to. The exhibition opening and artist talk is free from 1.30pm on Sunday, November 18. (RSVP to the gallery by November 14.) Phone (07) 4688 6652.
HANDMADE UNDER THE STARS
SEE the Cobb+Co Museum transform once again into an artisan market, offering the best locally handmade products direct from the maker from 4-8pm on Thursday, November 22. There is also live music, wine, cheese and chocolate tasting, and the chance to get some unique Christmas gifts ... for yourself and someone else. Entry is free. phone (07) 4659 4900.
FESTIVAL OF SMALL HALLS
THE Festival of Small Halls comes to Westbrook Community Hall on Thursday, November 22, featuring artists Old Man Luedecke and Lucy Wise. But this is just one of a number of Small Halls concerts around the area, so keep your eyes open. Cost is just $15. Go to festivalofsmallhalls.com.
AT THE base of Brown's Falls, near Killarney, RiverRun is described as a fairytale garden in a magnificent natural setting. From 8am Thursday, November 15-5pm Sunday, November 18 the five acres of picturesque gardens will be open and food and plants stalls available.
Over the weekend you can also enjoy gardening experts, fashion shows, singers, stilt walkers, dance, wine, cheese and cookery tasting. Entry is $10. For details go to facebook.com/riverrungardens or phone 0427 210 312. RiverRun Homestead is at 24 Hoffman Rd, Killarney.
THE SOUND OF MUSICALS
THIS is your chance to see the first solo concert of Toowoomba born and bred Georgina Hopson singing up a storm with songs from favourite musicals including My Fair Lady, Westside Story and the Phantom of the Opera.
Georgina has made it into the bigtime of Australian musical theatre and is currently performing in the Sydney production of Evita alongside Tina Arena, having previously sung as understudy to Eliza Doolittle in Julie Andrews' production of My Fair Lady. The Sound of Musicals is at St Luke's Anglican Church on Sunday, November 25th at 2pm and includes a buffet afternoon tea. Phone the parish office on (07) 4639 1910.
THE Outback Creative is hosting a pop-up gallery from Wednesday, November 28-Saturday, December 1 featuring 90 pieces of art including photography, original paintings, limited edition prints, drawings, and lino printmaking.
The Outback Creative is working with Bush Christmas and Lifeline drought appeal, and a $2 gold coin donation is requested. It's at St Stephen's Uniting Church, 51 Neil St, Toowoomba.
COULD it possibly be that time again? Toowoomba's Christmas Wonderland is back for its 16th year from Saturday, December 1-Monday, December 24 from 7-10pm. For those who may be new to the area, this is a traditional Christmas lights display, incorporating entertainment by local groups, which last year attracted over 85,000 people.
It's on at Queen's Park and proceeds go to Lifeline Darling Downs & South West Qld, Toowoomba Hospital Foundation and Toowoomba Hospice.
ORGANISED by the combined churches of Highfields, and supported by Toowoomba Regional Council, the Peacehaven Christmas Carols program from 5-7.30pm on Saturday, December 8.
It includes a mixture of traditional and modern carols and a visit by Santa, who, in a slight twist on the norm, will be collecting your donated toys (new and unwrapped please) for the Smith Family. The Lions Club will have the barbecue going, with entertainment starting at 6pm and finishing with fireworks. It's at Peacehaven Park, 58 Kuhls Rd, Highfields.
MAYOR'S CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT
THE annual free Mayoral Carols by Candlelight is at lower Queens Park from 4-8.30pm on Sunday, December 9. There's food and kids' rides and markets from 4pm, pre-show entertainment from 5.30pm, with the serious business of carols from 6.30pm and fireworks at 8.15pm. Enjoy!