3 February 2023

Ten things to do in the Riverina this week (3-10 February)

| Oliver Jacques
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Halfback Nic White trains with the Brumbies. Photo: Brumbies Rugby.

A special treat is in store for rugby union fans this weekend as top-class rugby comes to Griffith, with the star-studded ACT Brumbies playing the NSW Waratahs at Exies Oval. There are rumours new Wallabies coach Eddie Jones will also be in town.

There’s also plenty in store for art lovers, with events on citrus and plastic, while those who enjoy a stiff drink can attend a whisky masterclass at Food I Am.

Fans of live music can see Golden Guitar winner Tom Curtain at Narrandera or Wagga this weekend. Read on for more details.

All week

lemons on vines

Lemons have a fascinating history. Photo: Griffith City Council.

Unlemon – a meandering tale of citrus by Alison Mitchell

When: Wednesday 1 February to Sunday 19 February
Where: Griffith Regional Art Gallery, 167 Banna Ave
Cost: Free.

Featuring the work of South Australian artist, Alison Mitchell, this exhibition of more than 40 still-life oil paintings tells the story of citrus, from its origins about 20 million years ago on the Gondwana supercontinent, through its trade routes from China and Persia to the Mediterranean and the Americas, and on to its uses in medicine and culinary practices.

Plastic: Unwrapping the World

When: Wednesday 1 February to Sunday 9 April (excluding Mondays), 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Morrow St, Wagga
Cost: Free

Using artworks from Cath Barcan, Sarah Goffman, Rox De Luca and Blake Griffiths, this exhibition explores plastic’s complex material and political provocations, challenging audiences to move beyond guilt and unwrap plastic from our world. It’s on every day until 9 April, except Mondays, when the gallery is closed.


Abstract art

Bruno Leti’s art. Photo: visitwagga.

Thomas Middlemost and Bruno Leti exhibition

When: Friday 3 February, 6:30 pm to 8 pm
Where: The Curious Rabbit, 44 Johnston St, Wagga
Cost: $5, tickets available here

Author Thomas Middlemost and artist Bruno Leti will discuss their work in this interactive forum. Thomas has put together a tome highlighting the extraordinary breadth of Leti’s career, revealing a prolific, ardent and thoughtful figure in Australian art.

Thomas has also worked with Bruno to curate a thoughtful and significant exhibition of work designed just for The Curious Rabbit.

Friday and Saturday

Tom Curtain playing guitar

Tom Curtain is back in Wagga and Narrandera. Photo: tomcurtain.com.

Tom Curtain’s Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us Tour

When: Friday 3 February 6 pm – 8:30 pm (Narrandera), Saturday 4 February, 6 pm – 8:30 pm (Wagga)
Where: Narrandera Showground, 35 Elizabeth St / Charles Sturt University Indoor Equestrian Centre, Agriculture Avenue, Gobbagombalin, Wagga
Cost: Adults – $40, Students – $25, Concession – $35. Tickets available here

Golden Guitar winner and horseman Tom Curtain has again hit the road as part of his ‘Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us’ tour with his award-winning outback show Katherine Outback Experience.

The show consists of one hour of horse training and working dog demonstrations and one and a half hours of live music by Tom Curtain, Chris Matthews and special guests.

Tom travels around rural Australia and is passionate about bringing his show to towns and communities that are often overlooked on the entertainment trail. He is an official ambassador of Dolly’s Dream and uses his shows to engage with guests and spread the anti-bullying message.


Glasses of whisky

Whisky lovers will love this event. Photo: Food I am.

Whisky Lovers Masterclass

When: Saturday 4 February, 4:15 pm – 6:30 pm
Where: Food I Am, 29 Kunzea Place, Springvale
Cost: $150, tickets available here

Phillip Jones, known as the Martini Whisperer, returns to Food I Am to share his expert insights into the art and science of creating single malt and blended whisky from around Australia. People are invited to come along and learn about the people and processes behind the brands and enjoy five premium spirits from his own collection. The evening includes a welcome cocktail and grazing platters.

Mr Jones is one of Australia’s leading craft spirits advocates and educators and has been guest judge for international spirits awards and his popular website has more than 250 reviews, articles and interviews about craft spirits around the world.

Brumbies 2004. Photo: Brumbies Rugby.

The Brumbies’ winning side of 2004 at Canberra Stadium. Photo: Brumbies rugby.

NSW Waratahs v ACT Brumbies

When: Saturday 4 February, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Griffith Exies Club, 6-12 Jondaryan Ave
Cost: $20, tickets available here.

In a rare treat for Riverina rugby fans, the ACT Brumbies will be playing the NSW Waratahs in a preseason trial match in Griffith. Both teams are expected to bring near full-strength sides. There’ll also be an opportunity to meet players and get autographs. Rumours have it that new Wallabies coach Eddie Jones will also be in the Riverina.

Griffith City Council Mayor Doug Curran said, “It is great to see Griffith recognised as a place to hold significant sporting events such as this. It is a wonderful opportunity for our community, including schoolchildren to be exposed to such elite athletes.”

An array of fruit and vege

Vegetables and fruit can be swapped and bought. Photo: Big4.

Demonstration garden fruit and vegetable swap

When: Saturday 4 February, 7 am – 12 pm
Where: Demonstration Gardens, Corner Shaw Street and Albury Street, Wagga
Cost: Free.

Everyone is invited to Demonstration Gardens, which kick off again in February and will be held every Saturday morning from now on, weather permitting. You are invited to bring fruit or vegetables to swap, or purchase fresh vegetables from the community garden. All proceeds go to the gardens.

Tilly Ryan seated in a blue chair

Tilly Ryan attending an info session at the CUC. Photo: Oliver Jacques.

Settling into University

When: Saturday 4 February, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Country University Centre, 1 Olympic St
Cost: Free.

A number of Riverina students are getting ready to move away from home for the first time to begin their tertiary studies. This can be daunting, but thankfully, the Country University Centre in Griffith is running information sessions to teach you about everything from getting a dorm room to accessing government benefits.


Junee Rotary Markets guy selling jam

The Junee Rotary Markets are back. Photo: Facebook.

Junee Rotary Farmers Markets

When: Sunday 5 February, 8 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Junee Ex-Services Club carpark, 75 Broadway Street
Cost: Free.

The Junee Rotary Farmers Markets are back in February after an absence in January. They are held on the first Sunday of each month in the carpark of the Junee Ex-Services Memorial Club. The market features freshly baked, handmade and fresh-picked goods from all over the Eastern Riverina region. Regular products include wine, olives, cheese, flowers, bread, pastries, green groceries, organic beef and condiments. There are also music and food stalls.

Friday 10 February

Boy at river

Toby was diagnosed with Juvenile Huntington’s disease in March. Photo: Supplied.

Toby’s Big Ball Slap Golf Day

When: Friday 10 February, 11:30 am to 6 pm
Where: Wagga Wagga City Golf Club, Sturt Hwy
Cost: $400 for a team of four. Book and pay by emailing: [email protected]

The Riverina Hotel is organising a fundraiser golf day for Toby Holt, who was diagnosed with Juvenile Huntington’s disease in March last year.

Golf will be played by teams of four in an ambrose format. Individuals can also come along and be placed in a team. A barbecue lunch will be provided by the Great Aussie BBQ team from 11:30 am to 3 pm. Finger food platters for dinner will also be provided. Carts are available at a cost of $50 each.

The community are urged to come along and support a great cause.

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