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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: Six Reflections exhibition

WHERE: Back to Back Galleries, Cooks Hill

WHEN: Saturday 8 May

TIME: 11am-5pm

Opening Friday 7 May at 6 pm, Six Reflections is a group exhibition consisting of three painters and three ceramic artists each reflecting the world that surrounds them. The artists include Kate Belton, Susan Eve, Kaylene Gayner, Heather Campbell, Sharon Taylor and Marian Marcatili in an exhibit of clay, acrylic, oil and watercolour paint, pastels, pen and ink. It continues until Sunday 23 May at Back to Back Galleries, 57 Bull Street, Cooks Hill. It’s open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am until 5pm.

WHAT: All German Day

WHERE: Newcastle Foreshore

WHEN: Saturday 8 May

TIME: From 7.30am

The All German Day will take place on the Newcastle Foreshore on Saturday 8 May. This showcase event of fine German motor cars including Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Audi, BMW and VW is coordinated by the (Mercedes Benz) MB Classic Car Club Inc. Newcastle and Hunter Valley. Now in its 14th year, this not-to-be-missed event continues to support Nobbys Surf Life Saving Club. It attracts entrants from Newcastle, Hunter Valley, Sydney and Canberra. Registrations $15 per vehicle (on the day) from 7.30am.

WHAT: Hunter Business Association Mother’s Day

WHERE: Beaumont Street

WHEN: Saturday 8 May

TIME: 10.30am until 12.30pm

Hamilton Business Association will share the sugar and the sweet on Beaumont Street, with more than 200 individually boxed cupcakes handed out to local mothers shopping in Hamilton. From 10.30am to 12.30pm, four colourfully-hatted and gloved mums, sitting at tables and chairs, will sip tea and hand out the cupcakes to local mums, step-mums, grandmothers and even great grandmothers. But, that’s not all. In true Beaumont Street style, the mums can take in the dulcet tones of acoustic musicians. With Mother’s Day fast approaching, retailers and restaurants of Hamilton can provide you with all your Mother’s Day needs.

WHAT: Bruce Mathiske and Adam Manning

WHERE: Lizotte’s

WHEN: Saturday 8 May

TIME: 9.30pm

Two of Newcastle’s finest musicians, Bruce Mathiske and Adam Manning, will join forces for a one-night only showcase at Lizotte’s. The special performance fuses music and “live” art, which is created on stage during the concert and then given away at the end of the evening. Being the solitary virtuoso guitar/didgeridoo player on the planet, Mathiske is world-acclaimed for making his lone guitar sound like three while Manning is a renowned percussionist, artist and educator with Kamilaroi family heritage influencing his indigenous art. The pair will take the audience on the musical and visual journey on your life.

WHAT: Newcastle Northstars

WHERE: Hunter Ice Skating Stadium

WHEN: Sunday 9 May

TIME: 4pm

The Newcastle Northstars will face long-time rivals CBR Brave in the opening round of the 2021 McCormack Cup. Watch experienced campaigner David Ferrari and a band of rookies including Ethan Hawes, Connor Schultz, Mackenzie Gallagher, Alistair Rye, Tom Munroe and Riley Tonks in action. The modified competition, due to COVID-19, will feature the Northstars, CBR Brave and Sydney Ice Dogs, with additional exhibition games against Sydney Bears. The showdown, at the Hunter Ice Skating Stadium in Warners Bay, starts from 4pm.

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