What's On: Australia Day and lots more

Vickii Byram's guide to what's happening in and around town over this Australia Day Long Weekend. Stay and Play safe people.

Friday

Coffee Morning: With senior curator Niomi Sands, Glasshouse,10am,  adult $8, members $5 

Lunchtime Recital: Popular musicians from Dinner with Milton, Adam Bishop and Phil Luke, play some jazz on the podium at the Glasshouse, 12.30pm, free

Sages Muse: The Pier, Clarence Street, 7pm, free

Geoff Jones: Port Macquarie Golf Club, 7pm, free

James Bennett: The Beach House, Town Green, 7pm, free

Issi Dye: Laurieton United Services Club, 7.30pm, free

Rowland Moye: The Westport Club, 7.30pm, free

Crash, Bang, Rattle: Music appreciation for toddlers, Glasshouse, 10.30am, $8.50

Crank: Port Macquarie Hotel, Town Green, 9pm, free

De Ja Vu: Paws Lounge, Panthers Port Macquarie, 7.30pm, free

Stuey: Port City Bowling Club, 8pm, free

Australia Day Awards Presentation: Winners of Citizen of the Year awards announced, Town Green, 6pm, free

Hastings Valley Fine Arts Gallery: 1a Murray Street, Port Macquarie, Summer exhibit Thursday to Sunday, 10am until 4pm, free

Diversity Exhibit: Blue Poles Gallery & Cafe, 1086 Comboyne Road, Byabarra, until January 30

Glasshouse Gallery: Hand Picked: Works from the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Collection, includes artists with significant national profiles – until March 3. Light Sensitive Material – Works from the Verghis Collection - photographic, light and digital media, until Sunday. B is for Bird – contemporary art inspired by birds; 2012 Ranamok Glass Prize; both until February 3. Salvage Spider by Bryony Anderson in the foyer until January 31. Hours – Friday 10am until 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am until 4pm, free

It’s Friday I’m In Love: Tasty Tunes at Zebu Bar + Grill, 5pm, $8 cocktail, $4 domestic beer, $10 tasting plates

Party with DJ Sav: DownUnder Nite Club, free entry early 

Saturday

Australia Day: Town Green, Port Macquarie Activities from 8am, official ceremony 3.15pm, free (see programs below)

Port Macquarie’s Got Talent: Town Green, 5pm, free

Moonlight Movies – The Sapphires: Town Green, 8.15pm, free

Hastings Hotel’s Oz Day: Games, kids fun, Hastings Hotel, 1pm, free

Celebrate Aussie Day: Lake Cathie Bowling and Recreation Club, 9am, free

Australia Day fun: Camden Haven River foreshore, behind Laurieton United Services Club, 6.55am, free

Australia Day activities: Bain Park, Wauchope, from 8.30am, official ceremony, 10.35am, free

Mick Hambly and Nikkita Alexander: The Beach House, noon, free

DJ Sure-T with Triple J Hottest 100: Tacking Point Tavern, noon, free

Craig Stewart: The Westport Club, 7.30pm until 10.30pm, free

The Crimson Suits: Tacking Point Tavern, 7pm, free

OMG!: Finnian’s Irish Tavern, 8pm, free

The Christian Hermara Band: The Pier, Clarence Street, 7pm, free

Cath Hall: The Fig, 7pm, free

Besty & Andy’s Funhouse: Paws Lounge, Port Macquarie Panthers, 7.30pm, free

Brent Larkham Duo: Port City Bowling Club, 1pm, free

Gotcha Covered: Port City Bowling Club, 8pm, free

All Soul’d Out: With DJ Ollie Brook and special guests, Zebu Bar + Grill, 8pm, cocktails $10

Hastings Farmers’ Markets: Wauchope Showground, 8am until noon

SATURDAY'S AUSTRALIA DAY PROGRAMS

AWARDS CEREMONY  Friday, January 25

Port Macquarie – Town Green from 6pm

Presentation of 25 nominees for Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year and Community Group of the Year.

Includes entertainment plus a food stall manned by Port Macquarie Lions Club.

If raining, the presentation will be moved to the CWA rooms in the Quay North building on Town Green. 

AUSTRALIA DAY Saturday, January 26 at Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie – Town Green from 8am

8am - Markets, cars and memorabilia hosted by Tacking Point Lions Club until 4pm.

8.30am - Mystery fun run/walk

9.30am - Face painting and jumping castle

10am until noon - Games - sack races, egg and spoon, egg throwing, wheelbarrow races

12pm until 1.30pm - Sing Australia Choir

1pm until 2.30pm - Port Macquarie-Hastings Municipal Band

2.45pm - Street parade from Historic Court House to Town Green

3pm until 5pm - Official ceremony (will move to the CWA rooms in the Quay North building on Town Green if raining.)

5pm until 7pm - Port Macquarie’s Got Talent quest

8pm until 10.30pm - Moonlight Movies - The Sapphires

Road closure

The northern end of Horton Street (Town Green) will be closed from 6am until 6pm on Saturday January 26. Port Macquarie-Hastings Council advises all vehicles must be removed before this time. 

AUSTRALIA DAY Saturday, January 26 at Laurieton

Camden Haven River foreshore behind Laurieton United Services Club 

Breakfast sausage sizzle hosted by Rotary and Wiggly Tail

Hastings District Highland Pipe Band and Camden Haven Community Band entertain

6.55am – Official guests piped across bridge led by 48th Regiment of Foot

7am – Emcee Karen Pini welcome

– Welcome to Country by Biripai elder Uncle Bill O’Brien

– Flag raising - Camden Haven Girl Guides and 48th Regiment of Foot

– Leslie Williams MP - 48th Regiment of Foot final re-enactment

– Official address and presentation of award recipients and new citizen ceremony

11am until 3pm – DJ Steve Davis, jumping castle, giant slide, barbecue and games 

11.30am – Camden Haven Dragonboat Club trials 

AUSTRALIA DAY Saturday, January 26 at Wauchope

Bain Park from 8.30am

8.30am – competitions, face painting and displays, jumping castles.

9am – Tug-of-War and games

9.30am – Sing Australia Choir, local talent, refreshment stalls and Australian flags and tattoos distributed.

10.30am – Hastings Pipers lead official guests to stage

10.35am – Official ceremony led by emcee Neville Parsons – flag raising, Welcome to Country, Australia Day addresses, awards and citizenship ceremonies, national anthem and cutting of Australia Day cake.

For full details of all the Australia Day activities see Council’s website www.pmhc.nsw.gov.au/australiaday 

Sunday

The Artist Market in the Vines: With Christian Hemara Band, Cassegrain Winery, Pacific Highway, 9am until 3pm

James Bennett: The Beach House, noon, free

Ash Grunwald and The Foreign Objects: Finnian’s Irish Tavern, 3pm, $30

Jazz Cruise with Geoff Kearns & Guests: Cruise Adventures Clarence Street wharf, 2.30pm until 5pm, $20

Ken McArthur Quartet: Summer Sounds, The Westport Club, 2pm until 5pm, free

Sunday Sessions: Zebu Bar + Grill, 2pm, $10 cocktails

Playing for Change: Scampis Seafood Bar & Grill, 1pm until 3pm, free

Port Macquarie Art Society Market Bazaar: Hamilton House, 198 Hastings River Drive, 8am until 1pm

Port Macquarie Sunday Markets: Westport High School, Findlay Avenue, 8am until 1pm

Much Ado About Nothing: Town Green, 7pm, free

Monday

Strawberry Picking: Ricardoes Tomatoes & Strawberries, Blackmans Point, 7am until 5pm

Bago Maze: Bago Vineyards, Milligan’s Road, Wauchope, 9.30am until 4pm, adult $10, child $7

Port Central Shopping Centre: Open from 10am until 4pm

Settlement City Shopping Centre: Open from 10am until 4pm

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