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Blue Mountains Tourist : Autumn 2011
March Portland Art, Wine & Food Festival Friday 4 -- Sunday 6 March Local & Australia art works, inc market stall, entertainment and Portland Long Lunch. Continues on Friday night with Fireworks. Crystal Theatre, Portland 02 6355 5784 www.portlandart.com.au Garden Grooves -- Mt Tomah Botanic Garden Jazz Concert. Saturday 5 March Gourmet BBQ available or BYO picnic 11am -- 3pm. Fee $30 P: 4567 2154 Six Foot Track Marathon Saturday 12 March This 45km marathon from the Explorers Marked Tree near Katoomba to Jenolan Caves is Australia's largest 100% off road marathon. 8.00 am start E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.sixfoot.com Come to the Common Sunday 13 March. Oberon Arts Council invite all to the opening of community artworks telling Oberon's story from pre-history to present day, music & family activities, BBQ lunch 11.30am Cnr Ross St & Edit Rd Oberon Blue Mountains Annual Blues and Roots Music Festival Friday 18 -- Sunday 20 March A three day festival of folk, roots and blues music, featuring artists from around the world and across Australia. Festival Precinct Katoomba Township P: 1800 651 322 www.bmff.org.au Lithgow Agricultural Show Friday 18 -- Sunday 20 March Motorbikes, Ute muster, animals, rides, sideshow & fireworks. Tony Luchetti Showground, Lithgow P: 02 6355 1775 April The Norman Lindsay Festival of Children's Literature Saturday 2 April -- Sunday 3 April Talks, workshops and book signings by well-known children's book authors. Also face painting, storytelling, guided bushwalks, book characters, performers and stalls. P: 4751 1067 Springwood Foundation Day Saturday 2 April Community festival with parade, stalls, rides and much more. Macquarie Rd, Springwood. 8.30am -- 4pm P: 4751 1021 www.springwoodchamber.com.au SunDay FunDay at Everglades Gardens Easter Sunday 24 April Fun for all with Easter Egg Hunt & various family activities. 37 Everglades Ave Leura. P: 4784 1938 www.everglades.org.au 6th Annual Springwood High School Community Quilt Show Friday 29 April -- Sunday 1 May Grose Rd Faulconbridge Blue Mountains Premier Quilt Show, featuring over 200 quilts made by mountain quilters, traders' stalls and café. Times: 9-5 Fri/Sat; 11.00am-4.00pm Sunday. Entry is $5. Vicki 02 4735 5697 Autumn Harvest Food & Wine Festival Saturday 30 April Local produce, stalls, gourmet delights, wine tasting, live music and tours. Free garden entry. www.mounttomahbotanicgarden.com.au May Wild Endurance Saturday 30 April -- Sunday 1 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 www.wildendurance.org.au Winmalee Autumn Artfest Saturday 30 April -- Sunday 1 May Local artist's work and crafts. Winmalee High School -- High School Dive. Opening Friday 7.30pm, Saturday 9.00am-8.00pm Sunday 10.00am-4.00pm. P: 4754 2822 Jazz & WineFest at Norman Lindsay Gallery Saturday 14 May Spend a leisurely afternoon listening to Jazz while experiencing various wine tastings. Food also available 12 noon -- 4.00pm P: 4751 1067 12th Annual Lithgow District IRONFEST Saturday 14 -- Sunday 15 May With the subtitle this year of 'Promise', this is an arts festival with a metal edge, featuring art exhibits, stalls, live music, street performance, blacksmithing, workshops, busking competitions, various displays, and a Napoleonic battle re-enactment. Saturday 10.00am-5.00pm, Sunday 10.00am-5.00pm, Monday 10.00am-4.00pm Lithgow Showground. P: 02 6353 1638 www.ironfest.com.au The North Face Saturday 14 -- 15 May 100km trail running event. P: 0401 564 462 www.thenorthface.com.au/100 Sydney Writers Festival, Blue Mountains Program Monday 16 -- Tuesday 17 May.Literary activities with special sessions celebrating Varuna's 20th anniversary. P: 02 4782 4395 www.varuna.com.au Mount Victoria Village - Great Train Weekend Saturday 28 -- Sunday 29 May Model Trains, Brass Band, Vintage car and machinery displays, BBQ lunch, Thomas the Tank Engine P: 02 4787 1590 www.mountvictoria.biz autumn gardens Mount Wilson Gardens www.mtwilson.com.au Windyridge Garden Queens Ave, Mt Wilson. Open daily 9am to 4.30pm, Entry $9 Adult. Price includes tea, coffee and biscuits. P: 02 4756 2019 www.windyridge.com.au Merry Garth Davies Lane Mt Wilson Open daily 9am to 5pm. Entry $6 Adult P: 02 4756 2121 Sefton Cottage Church Lane Mt Wilson Open daily, all day. Entry $6 Adult. Proceeds to Westmead Children's Hospital. P: 02 4756 2034 Yengo Sculpture Gardens Queens Ave Mt Wilson. Open Weekends only. 10am to 6pm. Entry $7 Adult. P: 02 4756 2002 Breenhold Gardens The Avenue Mt Wilson Open weekends 10am to 4pm Entry $7.50 Ad. Well known for Rose garden. P: 02 9968 1232 www.breenhold.com.au what's on in Autumn? art antiques festivals food markets music and more! autumn 2011 www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au 37 Airing of the quilts ArtFest On Saturday, April 9 and Sunday 10, the Arms of Australia Inn Museum's grounds will again be decorated with colourful quilts. They are made by the Caring Hearts Community Quilters and will be on show at the inn, on the Great Western Highway, Emu Plains from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Saturday and 12.00 to 4.00pm on Sunday. The 16 dedicated, self-funded ladies have made in the vicinity of 700 quilts since 2005 when the group was formed. After the display, the quilts will be sent to various charities such as Barnardo's and to the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Springwood hospitals for use in their palliative care and neonatal wards. Other quilts will be heading to Queensland for the flood relief effort. In addition to the quilt display there will be music, a sausage sizzle, trading and gift stalls, a raffle and Devonshire teas. For more information call Margaret Collier on (02) 4735 2058. The 20th Annual Winmalee Autumn Artfest will be held on the 29th April, 30th April & 1st May, at Winmalee High School. Investment pieces are available for the serious collectors, and many high quality art and craft pieces available at very reasonable prices. Artfest showcases works by artists from across Australia and is well recognised as one of the biggest and best art exhibitions in the Blue Mountains. Hundreds of artworks are displayed for sale in various media including oil, water colour, silk, mixed media and photography. There is also a multitude of craftwork available such as timber products, millinery, pottery, glass, leatherwork, dolls and jewellery. Purchases can be made by cash or credit card. Opening night: Friday April 29 at 7.00pm; entry $15.00, incl. catalogue and supper. Weekend $3.00 entry incl. catalogue. (Primary aged children attending with their parents are FREE of charge). Open Saturday 9am -- 8.00pm and Sunday 10.00am -- 4.00pm. The Artfest Caf is open all weekend. Each entry ticket to the exhibition is a chance to win one of the lucky door prizes.