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Fri 17 February 

  • Banjo’s birthday party (17 February 1864)
    • Banjo Paterson Park, Ophir Road, Orange
    • 6 pm to 8 pm
    • BBQ food on sale or BYO picnic and drinks.
    • BYO chairs.
    • Entertainment and opportunity for walk-up performances
    • Entry: free.
    • Contact: Elizabeth Griffin 0437 868 595

Sat 18 February

  • Country bicycle ride Yeoval to Molong
    • Experience the Orange Villages Bicycle Trails
    • Details to come
  • Poetry Brawl
    • Hosted by the Molong Advancement Group and the Freemasons Hotel
    • Contestants must perform a 1-minute original poem
    • Family Courtyard, Freemasons Hotel, Bank Street, Molong
    • Under 18: 7 pm to 8 pm; Open: 9 pm to 10 pm.
    • Under 18: Free; Open: entry $5. Guests free but booking essential (Booking details to come)
    • Purchase dinner at the pub.
    • Contact: Jude Taylor 0405 021 265

Sun 19 February

  • Poets’ brunch and entertainment at Yeoval
    • Relax in the shade of the trees for real country hospitality.
    • Free entertainment and open mic for walk-up poetry and music.
    • Visit the Banjo Paterson – More than a Poet Museum
    • 43 Forbes Street, Yeoval.
    • 10 am start, no booking needed
    • Donation appreciated.
    • Contact: Alf Cantrell 0427 208 913
  • Country Bicycle ride Molong to Yeoval
    • Experience the Orange Villages Bicycle Trails
    • Details to come
  • A night with Banjo
    • Hosted by the Molong Historical Society
    • Local talent and music.
    • at the Molong RSL Club, Riddle Street, Molong.
    • 6 pm start
    • Booking details to come
    • Purchase food and drinks from the RSL Club
    • Contact: Elizabeth Griffin 0437 868 595

Tue 21 February

  • Lunch at the Ironbark Hotel, Stuart Town
    • Stuart Town was originally named Ironbark – of “The Man from Ironbark fame”
    • Enjoy lunch and poetry at the historic Ironbark Hotel
    • Catch the XPT train from Orange at 12 noon and return to Orange at 4 pm
    • 30 pm to 3 pm
    • Bookings and train information: call Renee Wykes 0458 157 650

Wed 22 February

  • Breakfast and poetry
    • Performances by school students and walk-up poets
    • Drop in on your way to work or after your morning walk
    • Civic Centre South Court, 147 Byng Street, Orange
    • 30 am to 10 am
    • No bookings needed
    • Contact: Dudley Isles 0417 416 932;
    • Schools contact Debbie Smith 0488 107 123
  • Memory Workshop
    • Get some tips from the experts, Melanie Hall and Susan Carcary, on how to memorise and perform bush poetry
    • Duntry League Guesthouse, Woodward Street, Orange
    • 11 am to 1 pm
    • Bookings (to be advised)
    • Contact: Len Banks 0428 459 117
  • Blackened Billy Verse Competition presentation
    • Announcement and presentation of the winners of the 33rd Annual verse writing competition
    • Combination in-room and Zoom attendance to accommodate entrants and enthusiasts from across Australia (Zoom link to come)
    • at the historic Duntry League Guest House, Woodward Street, Orange
    • 3 pm
    • Information and entry form available at https://blackenedbillyversecompetition.com . Entries close 30 November 2022.
    • Contact: lux@blackenedbillyversecompetition.com
  • Wrath of Grapes
    • A fun night of walk-up poetry competition
    • Entertainment, a meal and local wine in the barrel shed
    • at Heifer Station Wines, 1034 The Escort Way, Orange
    • 6 pm.
    • Price still to come
    • Bookings contact: heiferstation.com or 02 6365 2275

Thu 23 February

  • National Bush Poetry Performance Championship
    • Enjoy the best bush poets from across Australia perform in 4 categories of original (humorous and serious) and borrowed (traditional and modern) poems
    • This highly entertaining national competition is brought to Orange by the Australian Bush Poets Association and the Rotary Club of Orange.
    • Presentation of winners on Friday at 4 pm
    • To enter go to abpa.org.au/events.html
    • at the Orange Ex Services Club, 231-243 Anson Street, Orange
    • 10 am to 5 pm
    • Audience entry by donation
    • Contact: Tim Sheed (ABPA) 0438 861 271 or Len Banks (Rotary) 0428 459 117

Fri 24 February

  • National Bush Poetry Performance Championship
    • Continued from Thur 23 February.
    • 10 am to 5 pm
  • Yarn Spinning Competition (in development – more information to come)
    • The culmination of weekly yarn telling evenings during January and February
    • Metropolitan Hotel, Orange
    • 7 pm

Sat 25 February

  • Youth poetry competition
    • Individual performance of original poetry by school students
    • Beaut family entertainment
    • Competition details and entry form available on-line at rotarycluboforange.org.au Competition entry free
    • at the Orange Regional Conservatorium of music, Hill Street, Orange
    • 9 am to 12.30 pm
    • Audience entry by donation
    • Contact: Len Banks 0428 459 117
  • Open poetry competition
    • Individual performance of original poetry by adults not entering the National Championships
    • Beaut family entertainment
    • Competition details and entry form available on-line at rotarycluboforange.org.au Competition entry $10
    • at the Orange Regional Conservatorium of music, Hill Street, Orange
    • 1 pm to 5 pm
    • Audience entry by donation
    • Contact: Len Banks 0428 459 117
  • Entertainment and walk-up poetry competition at the Cargo Inn
    • Details to come
    • 34-38 Belmore Street, Cargo
    • 38 km from Orange on the Cargo/Canowindra Road
    • 02 6364 3085
    • Sponsored by See Saw Wines
  • Presentation of Deidre Penhall Memorial prize for Poetry
    • Announcement and presentation of winners of this inaugural poetry writing competition for young women
    • Competition details and entry form available on-line at rotarycluboforange.org.au Competition entry $10
    • Competition entries close 21 December 2022.
    • At the Cargo Inn in conjunction with the entertainment and walk-up poetry competition listed above.
    • Contact: Len Banks 0428 459 117

Sun 26 February

  • Rotary Community Market
    • Craft and produce market
    • Entertainment and open mic for poets
    • Stallholder bookings at rotarycluboforange.org.au
    • at the Orange Civic Centre Northcourt (Cnr. Peisley and March Streets)
    • 9 am to 2 pm
    • Entry by donation
    • Contact: Sue Patterson 0427 588 805
  • Music event at Strawhouse Wines
    • Afternoon
    • Details to come
    • Contact: Justin Byrne 0402 498 419

 

26 to 28 October 2022

  • In school performance workshops with Robyn Christmas
  • Sponsored by Charles Sturt University
  • Fully booked
  • Contact: Debbie Smith 0488 107 123

 

Still being planned:

 

  • Yarn telling competition – being planned for 7 pm Friday 24 February at the Metropolitan Hotel Orange
  • Afternoon of entertainment at the Rosebank Cottage, Millthorpe.
    • Possibly Saturday 18 February
  • Entertainment at the Mandurama Pub
    • Possibly Friday evening 24 February
  • In school bush poetry performances Monday to Wednesday 20 to 22 February
    • Schools contact Debbie Smith 0488 107 123 if interested