5 Reasons to Get Lost...
COMPILED BY RICHARD CORNISH
01. Wombat Hill Plant Sale
The Friends of Wombat Hill Gardens have been beavering away in the botanic gardens all summer. They have also been doing some serious planting in their potting shed, potting up cuttings and bulbs in preparation for one of their big fundraisers for the year.
On Saturday June 9 and Sunday June 10 from 9am to 10am you can find plants for sale at around half retail price. This year the team are focusing on tulips including Blue Parrot, Lucky Parrot, Spring Green, Salmon Mentons and Ivory Maureens. Patrice O’Shea from Friends of Wombat Hill suggests you take the opportunity to walk the path to the cafe where you will see the big, luxuriant Arthropodiums, which come into flower in late Spring.
02. Dames, Drinks and Drawing
The human form has been drawn ever since men and women could hold muddy sticks in their hands. The artistic endeavour continues at the historic Guildford Music Hall every last Wednesday of the month (Next is Wed June 27) with life drawing classes with shorter poses to kick off with then longer poses to finish. Classes cost $20 and you bring all your art gear from pencils to paper to easels. You can also nip across to the pub during breaks for a quick glass of local red. You’ll be drawing women dresses in burlesque costumes, namely Cherry Flambe, HullabaLulu and Minky Charlton from local burlesque troupe Bliss Bombs. Start time occurs in the evening well after the kitchen at the pub opens for Wednesday Meal Deal at 6pm.
Head to eventbrite.com.au and search Dames, Drinks & Drawing
03. The Tesky Brothers
These four young men from Warrandyte sound like they grew up on the banks of the Mississippi, the scent of tupelo in their nostrils. A blues quartet, Their Half Mile Harvest album was a knockout success and their shows are often sell outs. At the time of printing there were still tickets for their Castlemaine appearance at the Theatre Royal on Thursday June 14 for the I Get Up tour. Tickets are $44 and under 18 year olds can attend with a responsible adult.
04. Woodend Winter Arts Festival
From the 8th June to the 11th of June the 14th annual Woodend Winter Arts Festival brings together Australian and international artists, performers, authors and commentators. Events this year include four performances of La Pellegrina: A Medici Extravaganza in its first professional performance in Australia. Featuring soloists Jacqueline Porter and Robert Macfarlane, this is an event not to be missed. There will also be concerts featuring artists such as Lucinda Moon, Davide Monti, Pietro Roffi, Joseph Tawadros, Melbourne Ensemble, Jacqueline Ogeil, Ensemble Gombert and Accademia Arcadia. See the beloved Max Gillies in two special performances.
05. Viva Espana!
Internationally acclaimed, Award Winning concert pianist, ‘Young Steinway Artist’, Nicholas Young joins internationally renowned 10 String Guitarist Matthew Fagan combine musical passion and virtuosity to celebrate the Spirit of Spain “El Vito”. The duo are a world first, bringing together the traditional flamenco elements of Spanish Guitar with the concert masterpieces of composers Isaac Albeniz, Manuel De Falla, Joaquin Rodrigo in stunning new arrangements. The great concert music of the Spanish Piano Masters Albeniz and Granados are reinterpreted exploring the exhilarating flamenco guitar techniques of Paco De Lucia and Paco Pena blending with virtuoso concert piano.