It's January and we're sure the kids are now looking for something to do. Oberon library has some holiday activities to tide them over. Lego Photo Op: Make a summer-themed creation and get a photo souvenir. Thursday, January 13. Ages six and up. Tie-dye Mixing Time: Mix a combination of colours and make fancy designs. Tuesday, January 18. Ages six and up. Birdfeeder Beginners: Create a birdfeeder form recycled bottles. Thursday, January 20. Ages six and up. All sessions will be held 10.30am to noon. Bookings essential on 0329 8220.
Hit the water
Settle in and feel the serenity as the Fish River Sailing Club hosts its annual regatta. Enjoy watching the sail boats compete on Lake Oberon, take a picnic, kick back and relax. January 22 and 23. For more information phone 0458 412 311.
Celebrate the season with the Oberon Youth Council at its Summer Festival. There will be sponge throwing, lucky door prize, jumping castle, fun games, an obstacle course, sausage sizzle, canteen and market stalls. Saturday, January 29. 10am-3pm. Oberon Recreation Ground.
Enjoy an afternoon of live music by local talents, including Andy Nelson, Smith & Jones and The Safety of Life at Sea, at Renzaglia Wines and Bella Luna Vineyard. BYO picnic or add a food platter on to your ticket. Great range of Renzaglia wines available and local brewer, Cosmo Brewing, will have a selection of cleansing ales. Saturday, February 5. 2pm to 8pm. 38 Bosworth Falls Road, O'Connell. $55. Contact the winery on 02 6337 5756.
Step right up and experience an agricultural show like no other. From traditional favourites through to amusements, show bags and a host of special surprises, the Oberon Show has something for everyone and culminates in a massive entertainment and fireworks display for all to see. Saturday, February 12. Oberon Showground.
After a COVID-enforced hiatus the Oberon Rodeo is scheduled to return in 2022. Gates open 8am for a 10am start with the main event at 2pm, followed by the official after party. Saturday, February 26. Oberon Showground. $25 adult, $15 child, $65 family.
The Bathurst Regional Art Gallery will host two exhibitions highlighting the artistry in drawing. Brett Whitely: Drawing in Everything explores the central place drawing played in the renowned artists practice. Until February 6. Anastasia Parmson: I Drew A Line & Called It Home creates site-specific installations that extends drawing beyond a conventional 2D format. The galleries ceramic gallery has been transformed into a fictional (drawn) living room.
2022 Elvis Festival
The 2022 Elvis Festival in Parkes has been launched. Moved from its usual January time due to COVID, the festival returns April 20 to 24 and is jam-packed with a king-sized program of more than 200 events in a rock 'n' roll and Speedway theme (after the 1968 film of the same name), including free entertainment on the stage at Cooke Park. For information visit parkeselvisfestival.com.au.
Ok, it may not be held until October 29, but general admission tickets are now on sale for the anticipated Wildflowers Festival in Mudgee. The festival will feature a who's who of Australian female musical talent. One stop on a wider tour kicking off in March, the Mudgee event at Craigmoor Wines features Missy Higgins, Kasey Chambers, Kate Miller-Heidke, Sarah Blasko, Deborah Conway, Alice Skye and Georgia June. Tickets from wildflowerfestivalaustralia.com.au.