Cathie’s Column: Eel Festival fun at Elizabeth Farm

Eel Festival fun at Elizabeth Farm

THIRD ANNUAL Eel Festival returns to Elizabeth Farm, 70 Alice Street, Rosehill on Sunday March 11 celebrating Parramatta’s Indigenous heritage and its fascinating story of country.

This family-friendly festival celebrates Parramatta’s namesake, the eel, and its significance to the local Darug people known as the Burramattagal who have gathered for thousands of years during eel season to feast, trade and share their culture.

Elizabeth Farm will come alive with a full program of music and song along with traditional and contemporary activities from 10am to 4pm offering visitors a unique opportunity to reconnect with this hugely historical property.

Visitors can share stories of the Parramatta River, learn Darug language in sessions throughout the day from Murru Mittigar’s cultural leaders, Leanne Watson and Rhiannon Wright and enjoy the ever popular Boomerang painting inspired by themes from the Eel Totem.

Step inside the colonial homestead and learn more about the connections between the original owners of Elizabeth Farm, John and Elizabeth Macarthur, and the local Indigenous people with curator Dr Scott Hill. A complimentary return shuttle bus service to and from Elizabeth Farm, provided by Sydney Bus Museum, is available from Parramatta Station and Parramatta Wharf.

Entry is FREE. Information:

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Celebrating Parramatta’s indigenous heritage

Popular Eel Festival on Sunday March 11 at Elizabeth Farm celebrates Parramatta’s indigenous heritage and namesake, the eel, and its significance  to the local Darug people known as the Burramattagal.

The day’s music line-up includes contemporary Aboriginal performing artist and award winning poet Gumaroy Newman playing the Yidaki (didgeridoo), performance from the acclaimed Mt Druitt Choir singing in variety of Aboriginal languages and special guest appearance from one of Australia’s best known and most loved Indigenous music acts, The Stiff Gins.


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Vicki Musical

Two TWT readers have won double passes to this FridayÕsopening night of Lane Cove Theatre Company’s new musical play Vicki at The Performance Space: St Aidan’s, 1 Christina Street, Longueville at 7.30pm.

Winners are: Suzanne Hurst, West Ryde and Vicki Harrold of North Ryde.

The work of local Lane Cove writer/composer Rodney Ivan Stewart (Devil May Care, Melody), VICKI is a tale of four survivors of a nuclear attack: a poet, a painter, a scientist and a robot. During three weeks of zany, serious and amusing life together in a nuclear fall-out shelter, they discuss art, science, logic, love, lust, feelings, reason – and, yes, a nuclear explosion!

Featuring the talents of Cayden Richards, Lucy Nielson, Cerise Kofoed and Laura Bucci, Vicki is directed by long-time Sydney actor-director Shane Bates (Genesian, Phoenix Theatre companies), with musical direction from Vincent Fortado.

This very funny, melodic and entertaining tale is performed over just three performances on February 23 and Saturday February 24 @ 7.30pm and Sunday February 25 @ 2pm.

Tickets $27 or $22 concession. Bookings:

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Winchester film passes

Ten TWT readers have won double passes to the new supernatural horror film Winchester to be released in cinemas on February 22, courtesy of independent film distributors Studio Canal.

Winners are: Judy Harris, Ryde; Christina Ellis, Gladesville; June Mills, Eastwood; Blake Tonelli, Carlingford; Liam Weightman, Rydalmere; Ash Durban, Concord West; Elle Smithers, North Ryde; Danni Rivers, Henley; Amanda Illingworth, Meadowbank and Henry Como of Lane Cove.


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Biographical Database

Lane Cove Historical Society meet next Tuesday February 27 in Lane Cove Library at 7pm.

This month’s guest speaker is Malcom Sainty AM. Malcolm was instrumental in creating the online ‘Biographical Database Australia’ (BDA).

The BDA houses Australian historical records which are easily accessible from your home computer. Find out what it’s all about, how you can use it and why.

For more information phone 0418 276 365 or check website:


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Community Learning Program

Christian Community Aid has two exciting new classes on offer this year through its low cost Community Learning adult education program.

Technology for Seniors will help you conquer your iPad or smartphone with easy-paced small group lessons led by an experienced senior tutor.

Ukulele for Beginners will teach you the chords and strums so you can enjoy singing and playing a variety of lively tunes each week. Join the revival and enter the joyful world of ukulele music. Equipment provided for each class, or bring your own. Inquiries Vanessa 9858 3222 or [email protected]


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CWA Craft Afternoon

Country Women’s Association Eastwood branch will hold their monthly Craft Afternoon this Friday February 23 in the Tearooms/Rest Centre, located behind Eastwood Library, from 1pm. This free event will feature a guest speaker and demonstration on Beading.

After the beading, the ladies’ famous Devonshire Tea will be available for $4.

Anyone interested in craft welcome. Inquiries Vicki 9858 1358.


Historic Carisbrook House Lane Cove

Carisbrook Historic House at 334 Burns Bay Road Lane Cove is open on weekends from 11am until 4pm.

You can experience this beautifully restored house and see what it was like to live in the 1880s during a time when there were no iPads, telephones or televisions.

The gardens are also a joy to wander through. Cost $8 adults; $20 family or $6 concession,

Parking off Waterview Drive. For further details check website:


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Begonia & Frangipani Weekend

NSW Begonia Society will stage its 2018 Begonia & Frangipani Weekend this Saturday February 24 and Sunday February 25 in Bloomin’ Greenery Nursery, 226 Annangrove Road, Annangrove.

Open Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Sunday 10am to 3pm. There’ll be displays, talks, demonstrations and plants for sale.

Light refreshments available. Gold coin admission. Inquiries Ross 9679 1386 or check website:


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Enhance your retirement

Probus Club of Hunters Hill meets on the first Tuesday each month at the Hunters Hill Club, Madeleine Street, Hunters Hill at 9.30am.

On March 6 come along and meet new friends and enjoy morning tea; April 3: Guest speaker is Monte Dwyer – former Today Show and ABC weatherman turned freelance journalist, author, videographer, singer and songwriter now travelling the country in search of Australian stories; May 1 speaker is retired Mounted Police Commissioner Don Eyb. Inquiries 9817-5434.


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Creative Machine Knitters Group

Epping Creative Machine Knitters are a group that meet to share and demonstrate their love of machine knitting.

Group meets twice a month on the third Thursday and second Saturday at Epping Creative Centre, 26 Stanley Road, Epping (Dence Park). There are demonstrations and hands-on machine knitting. Bring your machine or use one of the group’s. Experienced help is at hand. Visitors and new machine knitters are especially welcome.

For further details email: [email protected] or phone Barbara 0408 866 357.


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Support group for parents

PFLAG (Support Group for Parents/Family/Friends of Lesbian & Gay Children) meet on the fourth Saturday each month at ‘175’ (formerly Wesley Lodge Motel), 175 Hawkesbury Road Westmead at 2pm.

Next meet February 24. Off-street parking available. For further information phone Judy 0439 466 125 or check website:

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Steel for Now Exhibition

Caroline Duffy and Ellenore Griffith present an exhibition of contemporary steel sculptures next month at Gallery Lane Cove (Upper level 164 Longueville Road Lane Cove).

Exhibition to be opened by Sculpture of the Sea winner David Horton with artists on Wednesday March 7 from 6pm to 8pm and continues until March 28. Open Monday to Fridays from 10am to 4.30pm and Saturdays 10am to 2.30pm.

Free Artists talk on Saturday March 24 from 11am. Inquiries 9428 4898.


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Your Chamber of Commerce Meets

EPPING: Chamber inquiries President Tony Hackett 9869-8900; 0418 413 226 or secretary Betty Ockerlander 8876-5888.

EASTWOOD: Meet second Monday each month. Next meeting March 12. Inquiries president Vic Tagg 0412 369 510 or secretary Steve Colquhoun 9874-0221.

GLADESVILLE: Meet third Tuesday each month. Next meeting March 20. Inquiries secretary Maria Zappia o401 158 307 or email: [email protected]

RIVERSIDE BUSINESS: Meet first Monday each month. Business After Hours Monday March 5 hosted by The Flex Agency at Studio Nero, Suite 4/4 Giffnock Avenue, Macquarie Park from 5.30pm to 7pm. Inquiries Marcella Letteri 9952-8498.

WEST RYDE: Inquiries President Nora Etmekdjian 0417 699 955.

DRUMMOYNE: Meet first Wednesday each month. Next meeting March 7. Inquiries Secretary Alex Elliott 0438 774 323 or Vice President Paul Harcombe 0438 089 900.


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Physio Tim at Arthritis Support meet

Ryde Arthritis Support Group will hold its first meeting for 2018 tomorrow (Thursday) February 22 at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club at 1pm.

Guest speaker is physio Tim Lee from BJC. Inquiries Doris 9817 7470.