23 February 2023

Nine things to do in the Riverina this week (24 February - 2 March)

| Dione David
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Drag queen on stage

Rose Quartz will return to The Curious Rabbit this weekend to host a viewing party for the Sydney WorldPride 2023 opening concert. Photo: Rose Quartz.

Tribute shows, musicals, drag, musical comedy – the Riverina lights up this week with live music entertainment from diverse performers.

The Sydney WorldPride 2023 opening night will kick off in high glamour at The Curious Rabbit and there are trail rides, outdoor cinema and creative workshops.

Here are our top nine picks for the week in the region.

All Weekend

Flyer for a Ganmain trail ride

Choose one of three trail rides of different lengths to join in Ganmain. Image: NSW Team Yarding & Sorting Inc.

Trail Ride Ganmain Sports Club

When: Friday 24 February, 5 pm – 7 pm, Saturday 25 February 8 am – 12:30 pm and Sunday 26 February, 9 am – 12 pm
Where: Ganmain Sports Club Ford Street
Cost: Friday $15, Saturday $40, Sunday $30, choice of all rides $60, family $100, to register call Adele Hearn on 0488 177 543

Three days of trail riding with fellow equestrian enthusiasts, undoubtedly taking in some beautiful scenery along the way. Friday is a 7 km trail ride over about two hours, Saturday is 10 km over three hours and Sunday is 18 km over about four and a half hours. Friday finishes up at the club with music from Busker Colin from the Elvis Festival Forbes with hit tunes from the 60s and 70s and Saturday evening with the country-rock band Mason Boys fresh from the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Flyer for a community musical called A Coo-ee to Marie

The Temora Historical Society has received significant funding as part of the Reconnecting Regional NSW Community Events Program for this event. Image: Temora Historical Society.

A Coo-ee to Marie – a musical

When: Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 February, 6:30 pm
Where: Bundawarrah Centre, 29 Junee Road Temora
Cost: Free, book here

The charming Bundawarrah Centre plays backdrop to this free family event – a musical with a touch of history. Music and theatre from local performers, musicians and artists take you on a journey celebrating the life of Marie Narelle (Catherine Mary Ryan) from 1870 Combaning, Temora to 1941 Chipping Norton, U.K. and home again.


Flyer for Sydney WorldPride 2023 opening concert

Treasured drag sensation Rose Quartz will host a viewing party of the Sydney WorldPride 2023 opening concert at Wagga’s The Curious Rabbit. Image: The Curious Rabbit.

World Pride Concert Viewing

When: Friday 24 February, 6 pm – 10 pm
Where: The Curious Rabbit, 44 Johnston St, Wagga Wagga
Cost: $5, book here

Join the “Precious Gem of the Murrumbidgee”, drag sensation Rose Quartz as she hosts a viewing party of the Sydney WorldPride 2023 opening concert at Wagga’s The Curious Rabbit. Australian pop princess Kylie Minogue will be headlining Live and Proud with Charli XCX and Jessica Mauboy, hosted by Australian Idol Casey Donovan and drag performer Courtney Act. Enjoy the concert, with breaks in performances by Rose Quartz and Dizzy Dilemma with fire twirling and hooping, games, music and dancing.


Young person behind the wheel learning to drive

What can we teach our young people at the learner stage to ensure they’re safe behind the wheel? Photo: Envato.

Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers

When: Saturday 25 February, 10 am – 11:30 am
Where: Junee Library, 92 Lorne Street, Junee
Cost: Free

The safety of our young motorists is a hot topic. The council has teamed up with Transport for NSW to offer this workshop, delivered by council’s road safety officer Karen Trethowan. It covers tips on supervising a learner driver, the GLS licensing system, the types of learner driver logbooks, licence conditions for L and P plate drivers, the benefits of on-road driving sessions and more. Bookings are essential – contact Karen at [email protected] or on 0437 645 183.

Group of women who form the sixties singing sensations posing in black and gold

These glamour gals bring you all the best numbers from the 1960s’ most iconic female vocalists. Photo: SOACT.

The Sixties Singing Sensations

When: Saturday 25 February, 6:30 pm – 11 pm
Where: The Riverine Club, cnr Tarcutta and Sturt Sts, Wagga Wagga
Cost: $130, book here

This cabaret dinner show features a star-filled cast performing songs of the 1960s’ most iconic female vocalists. Dinner by Pastorale Restaurant will ensure your musical palate is not the only thing tantalised on the evening.

man sitting on the blanket eating snacks in front of big screen on open air cinema at public city park

Last chance to catch one of Coolamon Shire Council’s outdoor films this season. Photo: Vera Petrunina / iStock.

On the Big Screen – outdoor movie

When: Saturday 25 February, 6:30 pm (movie commences 7:30 pm pending lighting)
Where: Beckom Park, Ariah St, Beckom
Cost: Free entry

Coolamon Shire Council’s series of family-friendly open-air movie nights ends this Saturday in Beckom. The film is The War With Grandpa, which follows the story of young Peter who, upset that he has to share his room with his grandfather, decides to declare war in an attempt to get it back. It seems however that Peter has underestimated his gramps, and hilarity ensues …

Flyer for a collage workshop at The Little Yellow House in Wagga

The Little Yellow House offers you the chance to address and elevate an often overlooked artform – collage. Image: The Little Yellow House.

Contemporary Collage workshop

When: Saturday 25 February, 11 am – 3 pm
Where: The Little Yellow House, 41 Tompson Street, Wagga Wagga
Cost: $150 to book, contact [email protected] or 0418 414 455

In this contemporary collage workshop, participants will use mixed media techniques and a variety of materials to create a whimsical still life that will be ready to hang when they leave. The cost includes morning tea and all art materials, including a canvas. Spaces are limited and bookings are essential.

Monday and Tuesday

Four members of The Wharf Review dressed as carnival clowns

Nothing takes your worries away like a good belly laugh – and The Wharf Review will deliver. Photo: The Wharf Review.

The Wharf Revue: Looking for Albanese

When: Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 February, 7:30 pm – 9 pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Burns Way (off Tarcutta Street), Wagga Wagga
Cost: Adult $65, concession $60, group 4+ $60, youth under 25 $35, child under 15 $20, discounts for members, book here

The rising cost of living, recession looming, geo-political conflict, environmental disasters and a never-ending pandemic … but on the horizon is a chance to drown your worries in the antics of The Wharf Review. Inspired by the “national spirit of optimism that lasted for a week” the team are back to tackle the big-picture issues in their sharp-witted manner.


Marty Edwards and Wendy T and Kenny and Dolly

Marty Edwards and Wendy T as Kenny and Dolly. Photo: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre.

Kenny and Dolly Together Again

When: Thursday 2 March, 8 pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Burns Way (off Tarcutta St), Wagga Wagga
Cost: Adult $69, concession, theatre subscriber, student and groups 10+ $65, under 16 $35, family (two adults and two children) $206

A must-see for Kenny and Dolly fans. Marty Edwards – a veteran of five Australian tours with the Original Kenny and Dolly show and The Kings of Country – has teamed with the US’s favourite Dolly, Wendy T to bring you the hits of Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. Expect an incredible tribute delivered with all the charisma and charm of Kenny and Dolly.

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