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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

OUT AND ABOUT: 5 things to do this weekend

Bored or looking for something to do this weekend?

Well, here’s a few tips courtesy of the Newcastle Weekly.

WHAT: Tocal Field Days

WHERE: Tocal Agricultural Centre, Paterson

WHEN: Friday 30 April to Sunday 2 May

TIME: All day

The region’s largest agricultural exhibition, Tocal Field Days (TFD), is back in 2021. All the favourite Tocal activities will return including the piglet races, fencing demonstrations, sheep shearing, horse course display, the working dogs, gum boot throwing competition, motorbikes, quads and side-by-sides. Food, wine, art and craft displays, fashion parades, gardening talks, cooking demonstrations and workshops for kids and adults add to the atmosphere, too. In 2021, there’ll also be robotics and drone demonstrations as part of a special feature on future farming. TFD will be a COVIDSafe event with check in and social distancing required. Tickets are now on sale at www.tocalfielddays.com

WHAT: Lake Mac Autumn Fair

WHERE: Speers Point Park

WHEN: Saturday 1 May

TIME: From 9am

The Lake Mac Autumn Fair – at Speers Point Park – will combine the fair tradition with a full program of entertainment, a range of food and beverage stalls, to make it interesting for the entire family, while supporting the Clown Doctors at the same time. Coordinated by the Rotary clubs of Warners Bay, Cardiff and Toronto Sunrise, the event will feature coconut shy, quoits, duck fishing, cans knock-off, dunny roll toss, a police fitness test, face painting, a scavenger hunt, train rides around the park and a petting zoo, where kids can get close to an alpaca, calf, goats, sheep, pony, chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs, plus so much more.

WHAT: gatherED

WHERE: Watt Space Gallery (corner King and Aukland streets)

WHEN: From Saturday 1 May

TIME: 2pm-4pm (launch)

gatherED brings together a group of mid-career artists and alumni who are celebrated members of the University of Newcastle community. Curated by Ahn Wells, artist, gallerist and former student of the uni, she has selected seven artists to show the breadth of contemporary creative practice to be found in Newcastle. From Olivia Parsonage’s appliqued domestic moments to Dino Consalvo’s en plein air workings of the shoreline, Wells has gathered a thoughtful and compelling group. Watt Space Gallery, located on the corner of King and Aukland streets, is open Wednesday to Friday, 11am-5pm and on Saturdays, noon-4pm.

WHAT: Lake Macquarie Music Society recital

WHERE: Adamstown Uniting Church

WHEN: Saturday 1 May

TIME: 3pm

Violinist Catherine Sheng-Cooper and pianist Mercia Buck will present a recital of great works for the Lake Macquarie Music Society at the Adamstown Uniting Church. Sheng-Cooper is the concert master of the Lake Macquarie Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera Hunter Orchestra. Buck has had a lifetime of performance, teaching, lecturing and arts administration, founding the Lake Macquarie Music Society and Opera Hunter. The 1 May program features Beethoven’s Spring Sonata, Debussy’s Violin Sonata, Kreisler’s Prelude and Allegro, as well as some favourite Gershwin. Entry to the recital is $25 and $20 (concession) with children admitted free. For enquiries, email [email protected]  

 

WHAT: Golden Years New Order & Depeche Mode Club Night

WHERE: The Underground at the Grand Hotel

WHEN: Saturday 1 May

TIME: 8pm-11pm

Golden Years is expanding to Newcastle on 1 May to celebrate two iconic bands, New Order and Depeche Mode, supporting local charity Nova for Women and Children Newcastle. Resident DJ Urby will start the night with Violator in its entirety and continue until 11pm with all your New Order and Depeche Mode faves, as well as many other timeless tracks from artists such as David Bowie, The Cure, Prince, Blondie and Iggy Pop. Limited tickets due to capacity restrictions. As always, $5 from each ticket is donated to charity – this time it’s Nova for Women and Children Newcastle. Penny Koutras founded Golden Years in 2016 following the untimely deaths of Prince and David Bowie, as a way to celebrate great music while raising money for charity.

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