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Blue Mountains Tourist : Autumn 2009
what’s on in Autumn? March art antiques festivals food markets music and more! Lithgow Flash Gift - The Lithgow Flash Gift Athletics Carnival Sunday 1st March. Featuring Australia’s richest prize money for a female sprint event, compete or just watch elite athletes on the track. W: www.lithgow.com/flashgift Six Foot Track Marathon Saturday 14 March. This 45km marathon from the Explorers Marked Tree near Katoomba to Jenolan Caves, is Australia’s largest 100% off road marathon. 8.00am start. E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.sixfoot.com Blue Mountains Annual Blues and Roots Music Festival - Lurline Street Katoomba Friday-Sunday 13, 14 & 15 March. A three day festival of folk, roots and blues music, featuring artists from around the world and across Australia. P: 1800 651 322 W: www.bmff.org.au St. Thomas Aquinas Fete - St Thomas Aquinas School, Hawkesbury Road Saturday & Sunday 21-22 March. Model Railway Exhibit, Quilt Show, stalls & carnival rides Sat: 9am – 4pm Sun: from 10am. P: 4754 2554 W: www.stthomas.parra.catholic.edu.au Opening of Tablelands Way at ‘Tangenong’ Abercrombie Rd Taralga Saturday 28 March. Bring the whole family for a fun day of entertainment & activities during the official opening of the Tablelands Way from 10am to 3pm. P: 6329 8210 W: www.tablelandsway.com.au The Norman Lindsay Festival of Children’s Literature Weekend 28-29 March, 2009. 10am-4pm. What better place to celebrate children’s literature than at the home of the Magic Pudding. The Norman Lindsay Gallery, Faulconbridge, will host The 9th Annual Festival of Children’s Literature. Meet your favourite children’s authors including Emily Rodda, Andy Griffiths, Anna Fienberg and Libby Gleeson. A program of adult and children’s talks will run over the weekend. There will be plenty to keep the kids amused including story telling, music, guided bushwalks and face painting. The Norman Lindsay Gallery is a National Trust Property. 14 Norman Lindsay Crescent, Faulconbridge. A shuttlebus will run from Springwood station. Festival prices Adult $15, Child $10, Family $40. Concession and 2 day passes also available. For bookings Ph 4784 3832 www.normanlindsay.com.au Blue Mountains and Springwood Athletics Run for Fun 2009 - Tom Hunter Park, Faulconbridge Sunday 29 March. Springwood District Athletics club will host an inaugural road run for 2k, 5k and10k runs. Starts 9am. Contact Colleen Carmody for race entry form. P: 4751 5851 Organic Gardening Workshops Saturdays 7 & 14 March, 10am-5pm. The National Trust is running a series of Saturday gardening workshops at the Norman Lindsay Gallery, Faulconbridge. Learn about weed control without chemicals, mulching, composting, native bush regeneration, building a veggie patch, and organic pest control. Participants will also be taken on a guided tour through the Norman Lindsay Gallery, the landscaped garden estate (adorned with Norman Lindsay sculptures) and surrounding bushland. Lunch available at Lindsay Café. www.nsw.nationaltrust.org.au/properties/nlg Workshop cost $50 pp. Places limited. Ph 4751 1067 Lantern Tour of Woodford Academy Friday 13 March from 7pm. Woodford Academy is the oldest group of buildings in the Blue Mountains, dating back to the 1830s. Over the years the sandstone buildings have served a range of uses including a wayside inn for travelers seeking their fortune on the goldfields, a school and a guesthouse. Join this Lantern lit tour on Friday 13th to hear about the ghosts and superstitions that are associated with the 180 year Woodford Academy. There will also be fun craft activities to keep the kids entertained. $25 for a family includes supper. Bookings essential. Phone Marilyn 4758 7809. Seniors Week at Everglades 37 Everglades Ave, Leura. Ph 4784 1938. Monday 16 March. Seniors $5 garden entry. Garden tours 10:30am and 2pm • Tuesday 17 March. Seniors $5 garden entry. Garden tours 10:30am and 2pm • Wednesday 18 March. Seniors concert. $15 includes garden entry. 10:30am & 1pm. Performances featuring Dawn Egan (harp) and Nigel Foot (guitar & vocals), followed by courtyard sausage sizzle. Bookings: 4784 1938. • Thursday 19 March Seniors $5 garden entry. Garden tours 10:30am and 2pm. • Friday 20 March. Seniors FREE entry to garden. Enjoy sausage sizzle and cake stall. April Fusion Community Festival - Glenbrook Park Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th April. Games and Activities for families, designed to grow community. 2pm to 6pm P: 4751 5911 Springwood Foundation Day - Macquarie Rd, Springwood Saturday 4th April. Large festival with parade, stalls, rides and much more. 8.30am – 4.00pm P: 4751 1021 W: www.bluemts.com.au/foundation Blackheath 11th Annual Food & Wine Fair Saturday 4th April. This year this popular event will be held at the Gardeners Inn and the surrounding grounds. W: www.blackheathfestival.com Lithgow Agricultural Show - Tony Luchetti Showground, Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th April. Includes Rodeo, Fireworks, Animals and Side Show Alley. P: 6353 1775 Ironfest - Lithgow Showground & other venues. Friday- Sunday 25, 26 & 27 April. Festival of all things metal through entertainment, music and art plus the famous Jousting Tournament and the Lithgow Colonial Tournament. Fri 10-4, Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4. P: 6353 1638 W: www.ironfest.com.au May Winmalee Autumn Artfest Friday-Sunday 1-3 May. Winmalee High Arts & Craft Exhibition with the opportunity to buy local artist’s work and crafts School – High School Drive, opening Fri 7.30pm, Sat 9am-8pm Sun 10am-4pm. P: 4754 2822 Wild Endurance Saturday & Sunday 2-3 May. A 100 kilometre trekking event for teams of four or five people in the Blue Mountains. Starting point - Fairmont Resort, Leura. P: 9282 9553 W: www.wildendurance.org Jazz & WineFest at Norman Lindsay Gallery Saturday 16 May. Spend an evening listening to music under the stars, in the grounds of the gallery. Need to pre-book From 5.00pm. P: 4751 1067 The North Face 100 Saturday & Sunday 16-17 May. 100km trail running event. 150.00 pp, $100.00 pp for endurance pairs. Starts from York Fairmont. P: 0401 564 462 W: www.thenorthface.com.au/100 Varuna ‘The Writers’ House Presents the 2009 Sydney Writers Festival. Monday-Tuesday 18-19 May. Tickets on sale from the Edge Cinema. P: 4782 8900 W: www.varuna.com.au Mount Victoria Village Great Train Weekend. Saturday & Sunday 30-31 May. Fun weekend full of activities for all to enjoy. P: 4787 1590 W: www.mountvictoria.biz autumn 2009 www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au 37