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Blue Mountains Tourist : Winter 2011
June Yulefest Celebrations - During Winter Yuletide Celebrations are held throughout the Blue Mountains during winter in Hotels, Guesthouses and Resorts. Truffle Hunts During Winter - At Lowes Mount Truffiere each Saturday during Winter in Oberon. Bookings essential. 02 63298210 BentART Friday 10 June -- Sunday 13 June Established in the Blue Mountains in 2005 to celebrate works in the visual arts of Australian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender artists. www.bentart.com.au Winter Magic Festival Saturday 18 June Blue Mountains major event with parade, music, art, stalls and fireworks. ArtStreet window display. 10.00am -- 7.00pm Website: www.wintermagic.com.au NRMA CareFlight Woodford to Glenbrook 2011 Sunday 26 June A 25km all ages, all abilities event for cyclists and runners to raise funds for NRMA CareFlight P: 9689 8124 W: http://careflight.org/help/events July Yulefest Celebrations - During Winter Yuletide Celebrations are held throughout the Blue Mountains during winter in Hotels, Guesthouses and Resorts. The Annual Blue Mountains Antiques and Collectables - Blackheath Community Hall Saturday 2 -- Sunday 3 July A wide selection of furniture, jewellery, silver, porcelain, lamps, lined & books. Open 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday, and 4:00pm on Sunday $8 entry August Rally of Lithgow Saturday 27 August Competition where small cars are altered with four-wheel-drive and turbo charged and offering a ceremonial start where the spectators meet some of their rally driving heroes. P: 02 6350 3230 www.rallyoflithgow.com Vietnam Veterans & Assoc. Forces Memorial Day Sunday 14 August Parade & Service Macquarie Rd Springwood 11.30-12.30. Beating the Retreat at 4.00- 4.45 with Lithgow Highland Pipe Band P: 4751 8528 Seven Course Degustation at Jenolan Caves House Saturday 20 August Using local fresh truffle, truffle products and paired wines Springwood High School Annual Artshow Friday 26 -- Sunday 28 August An outstanding event with over 1000s art works on display. Friday night opening 7.30. Sat 10-6. Sun 10- 4pm. All welcome P: 4751 2111 Blackheath Choir Festival Friday 26 -- Sunday 28 August Over 20 choirs over weekend singing classical, folk, pop, comedy, opera, jazz, cabaret, traditional, chamber, gospel, world music and original compositions. Blackheath Community Centre, Great Western Hwy, Blackheath. blackheathchoirfestival.weebly.com art exhibitions Local Blue Mountains galleries hold a variety of exhibitions during the year. Braemar Gallery 104 Macquarie Rd Springwood. A community gallery since 1988. Open Friday-Sunday 10am -- 4pm P: 4723 5046 www.braemargallery.com Olde Block Gallery 714 Great Western Hwy, Faulconbridge Robyn Woodward Gallery Great Western Hwy, Blaxland. Paintings, gifts furniture. P: 0415 319 305 www.robynwoodward.com.au Event Horizon Gallery 186 Bathurst Rd, Katoomba. Contemporary works. Wed to Sat: 11am-5pm, Sun: till 4pm. P: 4782 2907 W: www.event-horizon- gallery.com Gallery Blackheath 44 Govetts Leap Rd. Open Friday to Sunday 10am -- 5pm. P: 4787 8800 www.galleryblackheath.com Warragil Studio Blackheath. Various artists. P: 4787 7722 Open weekends. www.waragilstudios.com.au Falls Gallery Wentworth Falls 161 Falls Rd P: 4757 1139 Wed - Sun 10-5pm www.fallsgallery.com.au Papyrus Gallery 175A The Mall Leura New gallery with artworks on paper. P: 4784 1896 W: www.papyrusgallery.com.au Katoomba Fine Art 98 Lurline Street Katoomba. P: 4782 1220. Representing Blue Mountains artists. Open Daily. www.katoombafineart.com.au Nolan on Lovel Art Gallery 56a Lovel St Katoomba Changing exhibitions and represents emerging and established artists in the region. Open 10.00am - 5.00pm Thursday to Sunday P: 4782 3490 Marra Mob Aboriginal Works Jemby Rinjah, Evans Lookout Rd, Blackheath. Local Aboriginal artwork, prints, gift cards and jewellery. W: www.marramob.com.au Kedumba Gallery "Coorah" Blue Mountain Grammar School Wentworth Falls. Open Mon -- Fri 10am to 4pm, daily during Awards P: 4757 2371 www.kedumba.org.au Norman Lindsay Gallery 14 Norman Lindsay Cres. Faulconbridge Open 7 days 10am-4pm P: 4751 1067 www.normanlindsay.com.au The Brook Fine Arts & Craft 1 Ross St Glenbrook Lost Bear Gallery 5/148 Leura Mall, Leura P: 02 4784 1440 Open Daily 10-5pm www.lostbeargallery.com.au Upcoming Exhibitions 26May-6June: Rowan Matthews 9-20June: Jill Wilson 23 June - 18 July: Ian Swift 21 July - 1 August: Palla Jeroff 4 - 15 August: Jo Ernst 1 - 12 September: Robyn Collier 29 September - 10 October: Warwick Fuller 27 October - 7 November: James Blackwell 10 - 21 November: Mark Tedeschi 24 November - 5 December: Christopher McVinish The Nook 133A The Mall, Leura. For locally handmade art and crafts. P: 4784 2917 www.thenookleura.com.au what's on in Winter? art antiques festivals food markets music and more! Free iPhone app www.scenicworld.com.au/bmapp 37 The Blue Mountains Accommodation Association (BMAA) has launched a new edition of its Privileged Guest Passbook (PGP). The passbook is given to all overnight guests staying at one of the 60 accommodation properties owned by BMAA members and is designed to encourage them to indulge in and explore a range of attractions and experiences. "Our Privileged Guest Passbook was first created in 2004 so we could share with our guests some of the privileges and experiences that we, as locals, know are on offer in the region," explained Robyn Wilkinson, a BMAA member. "This is the fifth edition and it has been very well received. Many have remarked that the offers in the booklet take them to places they may not have known or visited. This in turn provides additional business to the participating operators. "And as there's a wide variety of experiences on offer, it also presents visitors with an extra incentive to stay a bit longer or to even return and stay in the Blue Mountains region again and again and, hopefully, even again," Ms Wilkinson commented. The current PGP includes a total of 35 special offers encompassing dining, sightseeing and touring, entrance to attractions, retail and indulgence opportunities and even adventure activities. An additional benefit of the Privileged Guest Passbook is that all recipients have the chance to win another stay in the Blue Mountains to the value of $500 at a BMAA member property by answering a simple question in the PGP booklet, upon arrival or on the association's website. There is even a handy map following the route of the Grand Circular Drive that outlines the location of each 'privilege' on offer, and for the first time there are two offers available in the Megalong. Further information on the BMAA Privileged Guest Card can be obtained from: Bill McCabe, P: 02 4757 1449 E: email@example.com Robyn Wilkinson, P: 02 4758 6279 E: firstname.lastname@example.org BMAA website: www.bmaa.org.au New privileges in visitor passbook by Melissa Humphrey