Orange Ex-Services Club is certainly the place to be during December and over the New Year period.
Every Saturday afternoon, starting at 5.00 pm, tickets go on sale for the Super Saturday Raffles, with over $2,000 in prizes each and every week. The first draw starts each week at 6.30 pm, and for the 6th December there is a selection of vouchers to be won. Then on the 13th December, the prizes will enable you to stock up for xmas with all types of goodies. On the final draw, it is called Gourmet Grub, so this could be a great Xmas prize to put on your table for Christmas Day.The cost is $5.00 for 5 numbers, so be sure that you are in it, to win it!
Relaxing after winning one of the raffles, you can stay on for some great entertainment, after having dinner in Diggers Brasserie, which is family orientated and open for lunch and dinner 7 days per week, plus breakfast on a Sunday morning. The Club has Keys and Strings on 6th December, Dwayne Elix on 13th December, Gedupndans on 20th December and Rubba Band 27th December. Before you join in the fun on New Year’s Eve with the Midnight Drifters, make sure you have renewed your membership, as you can go in the draw to win a trip for 2 to Hamilton Island, valued at $4050, which will be drawn at 7 pm. If you head over to Molong during December make sure you call into the Freemasons Hotel. This weekend they have Travis Collins playing live and if you are thinking of having dinner why not try the Secret Platter for Two. With the extended shady courtyard this is a great place for a refreshing drink after work.
The Canowindra@home 100 Mile Dinner is Back!
On Saturday 7th March 2015 the Canowindra@home 100 Mile dinner returns to the main street of Canowindra. Tickets on sale Friday 5 December from 9am so get in early if you don’t want to miss out. Gaskill Street will once again be cleared to make way for long communal tables that will seat the guests, overhung with colourful lanterns, running the length of Canowindra’s historic crooked main street. Canowindra@home will be joined by Bathurst’s Restaurant 9inety 2wo to deliver the perfect pairing of food and wine. “This is a celebration of our produce, the hard work of local producers and delivered with our own version of country hospitality,” said Canowindra@home President Helen Tinney.
The hypnotic and effervescent sounds of Cecelia Rochelli and her band the “Trouble with Johnny” will entertain and lure revellers out of their chairs and onto their feet.
“The timing for the event is perfect. Summer produce will still be in abundance and new autumn produce will just begin to be harvested. The evenings are still warm as well.” explained Helen.
A Ticket to the Canowindra@home 100 Mile Dinner will be $110 including booking fee and go on sale Friday 5 December at 9am – just in time for Christmas. An Early Bird special of $10 saving will be offered to the first 20 tickets.
Simply Nile Café is celebrating after the success of their first dinner held last week! The dinner, which included a menu of roast lamb rump, pea veloute and white chocolate and violet ice cream roulade, was enjoyed by a large attendance in the gardens of the café and complimented by live music. We’re looking forward to doing it again in late January” says Manager Frank Mohun, “make sure you keep an eye on our facebook for any new details!” Simply Nile will be closing from Sunday 21st December and will be back on the2nd January. Frank and his team wish everyone a Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you next year.
Feeling Festive? Why not head over to Orange for their ‘Festival Of Carols’ next Friday 12th December? The carols will be sung by the Orange Regional Conservatorium Symphonic Choir at Orange Presbyterian Church. Service begins at 7pm and tickets are $15 on the door. If you miss the Friday, or if you love the carols so much you want more, there’s another chance to catch some singing action on Saturday 13th December. ‘Carols By Candlelight’ with the Orange Symphony Orchestra will be performing in Northcourt at the corner of Byng and March Street from 7pm. The sun will set and candles will be lit, all to the gentle hum of the Orchestras voices. Definitely not events to miss if you’re a fan of the season!
If you fancy some music you can listen to all year round rather than just at Christmas, you should check out Vanfest this weekend in Forbes. A one day-all day regional based music festival with big city trimmings, Vanfest will be rocking the Central West with it’s international line-up. Local and international talent will take to the stages from 2.30pm including Forbes local Celia Pavey, British India, Savage, Sneaky Sound System, ARIA Platinum artist Matt Corby and Chet Faker who topped the ARIA charts with his number 1 album, ‘Built On Glass’. Around the stage other attractions will be available for music breathers including art stalls, bean bag tents and most importantly, bars. Tickets are $90 although the first wave are already sold out so get online and get yours quick at www.vanfest.com.au it’s going to be van-tastic!
By Cheryl Newsom
photo: Chet Faker will be coming to Forbes for Vanfest