What's on: Wide Bay
MARYBOROUGH MILITARY AND COLONIAL MUSEUM
THE unusual, the quirky and eclectic are amongst 7,000 items of military and colonial memorabilia, which form displays of exceptional quality at the Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum. The museum houses a VC awarded to Lieutenant (later Major) Herbert James, 4th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment for gallantry at Gully Ravine, Cape Helles, Gallipoli on 28th June and 3rd July 1915. It is one of only 39 VC's for the Gallipoli campaign and the only one in Australia outside the Australian War Memorial.
Cost $4 to $24. Located at 106 Wharf Street, Maryborough.
Email email@example.com or phone 07 4123 5900 or go to maryboroughmuseum.org.
WORLDS GREATEST PUB FEST
TAKE part in the greatest Pub Crawl you will ever experience - a quirky take on the Aussie tradition. Dress in your most outrageous costume and set off to the bang of an historic time cannon around Maryborough's old hotels - all in the name of raising money for charity and having a day of fun. The charity will be Assistance Dogs. The theme will be Circus. The colour will be Blue. All Tickets $8. On Sunday, May 5 from 12 noon-8pm in the Central Business District and Outlying Pubs.
For more, email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 1800 214 789 or go to worldsgreatestpubfest.com.au.
A BANQUET of game, fowl, spices and grains, spiced wines, ales and mead. Bountiful festivity and merriment to be shared. On Friday, March 22 for a 6pm arrival. All Tickets $90. Bookings essential. Venue: The Vinyard, 552 The Charlton Esplanade, Hervey Bay, Urangan.
Go to frasercoasttickets.com.au/event/8735 or thevinyard.com.au or phone 07 4125 6982.
FOOD N GROOVE FRIDAYS
FOOD n Groove Fridays is set to bring City Park, adjacent to the Fraser Coast Cultural Centre in Pialba alive. Come and celebrate the Fraser Coast's diversity and vibrant lifestyle through food and entertainment under the stars.
Don't miss this brilliant new summer event for locals and holiday-makers alike to enjoy, you can leave your kitchens behind each Friday and let someone else do the cooking for you.
Some stallholders will be offering $5 tasting plates so you can try a variety of international dishes. The event also includes a licensed bar, so adults can enjoy a wine or beer with their dinner under the stars. There will be stalls that will offer a range regional crafts, gifts and homewares.
Held at City Park every Friday through March and April until Easter from 4-9pm. Next will be held on March 22 at 166 Old Maryborough Road, Pialba. Email email@example.com or phone 07 4196 9600.
ART AFTER DARK
ART, Music, Drinks. Be inspired. Listen to free live music and enjoy some drinks while you peruse the latest exhibitions.
Free entertainment, live music, nibbles and a cash bar is available. At the Fraser Coast Cultural Centre from 6-8pm. The next few dates are Friday, March 22, May 10 and June 21. Located at 166 Old Maryborough Road, Pialba.
Phone 07 197 4206 or go to ourfrasercoast.com.au/art-after-dark.
STOCK up on fresh produce and more at the Maryborough Markets every Thursday, Maryborough's city centre undergoes an amazing transformation into a colourful outdoor heritage bazaar.
Wander around over 120 stalls with an amazing array of farm fresh produce and unique wares. Original hand-made craft, homemade treats, artwork, jewellery, clothes, accessories, natural beauty products and gorgeous cut flowers. Meet a cast of characters in historical dress, including the Town Crier, and hear the firing of the historic time cannon at 1pm. Soak up the atmosphere of music and entertainers.
Make a day of it in the city and join a guided Heritage Walk Tour from outside the City Hall at 9am or ride on a replica steam engine through nearby Queens Park. Held along every Thursday from 8am-1pm in the city centre.
BROOWEENA HISTORICAL VILLAGE AND MUSEUM
THE Brooweena Historical Village is a charming village depicting of what life was like in days gone by, set in a tranquil rural setting in the hamlet of Brooweena 304 kilometres north of Brisbane. This area was first settled by Europeans in 1849 and the town developed with the arrival of the railway line in 1889. The local sawmill opened in 1924 and timber continues to be an important local industry today. Sugar production is also one of Woocoo Shire's major industries.
A collection of 12 heritage buildings presents a mosaic of the past, during peace and war - early education, recreation, elegance and gracious living are on display, There is a rustic barn with a collection of bullock and horse drawn vehicles and an original settler's slab dwelling with detached kitchen.
Other buildings in the village well worth an inspection include a dairy shed, blacksmith's shop, the original Woocoo Shire Office (which was constructed in the town), the former Brooweena railway station, a brake van, railway goods shed a settler's slab hut and a butcher shop.
The museum contains an extensive array of memorabilia, musical instruments, including, of course, accordions, those indispensable items of bush dances in the past.
Cost $5. Located at Smith Crescent, Brooweena. Phone 07 4129 9262.