So dare we say “winter is over”? The trees are greening as the leaves grow, gardens looking spring-like and people are out and about once more following a winter in hibernation.
As in previous years there is a group of dedicated individuals working hard to ensure that the calendar of pre-Christmas events runs without a hitch and is enjoyed by both residents and visitors alike.
November will see two major events over consecutive weekends. The Armidale Air and Auto Spectacular is being organised by a committee representing Rotary, Australian Transport Museum, Lions and Armidale Dumaresq Council. They have pulled together an exciting programme for the day, which promises to be a feast for the senses. Check out their website www.aaas.org.au for further details and to book tickets.
Saturday 21 November will see the return of a day on the green to Armidale for their fourth visit. Roundhouse promotions enjoy Armidale as a venue for many reasons, not least the welcome afforded to all their visitors.
Visitors travel from far afield for the weekend, and Access All Areas was borne out of the opportunity to provide interest and entertainment for concert goers over the whole weekend. New to the calendar this year will be the Armidale Big Busk. Designed to introduce music to the CBD on Friday evening as people are heading out at the start of their evening, the plan is for people to vote on their favourite busker. Similar to The X Factor TV show, musos are playing for a major prize – in this case the chance to busk at the day on the green as concert goers arrive, and then two free tickets for them and a partner to relax and enjoy John Farnham et al in full flight!
The morning after the night before is the time for a brunch, and more venues will be offering their fare this year; take note of the Armidale Golf Club and their Breakfast on the Green! The PCYC Sunday Markets will return as per previous years.
Ensure that you have Thursday 3 December noted on your calendar. Like last year, it will be Christmas in the Mall, with activities and things of interest for all ages. This is a time when our multicultural city shows its true colours, with food from many corners of the world being cooked in the Mall. It is a great catch up with friends, you can enjoy live music, and don’t miss the look on the children’s faces when Santa makes an appearance. The 2014 event proved to be a huge hit, with the Mall brimming with people and atmosphere. Judging by last year’s experience, it will run from 4pm ‘til late.
With Armidale summer’s being relatively short, we should all make an effort to enjoy the Monckton Aquatic Centre when the opportunity arises. “Schools Out” Pool Party will take place from 3:30pm on 18 December. Looking at the weather forecast, the mercury will be registering in the late 20s, school will have just finished for the year – let the fun begin!
Live music, inflatables, free sausage sizzle, Lucky Door prizes, Armidale Toy Library Monster Raffle, not to mention the free ice block for all Year 6s as they leave primary school. It will be a great way to celebrate the end of the school year and start of the summer hols.
The Christmas Pool Party is being planned for the week leading up to Christmas. If we were living on the coast, then we would likely head to the surf to cool down. Living in Armidale as we do,we head to the pool. Live music and carols, a BBQ (mmm smell prawns – yes, there will be prawns), should get you in to the Christmas spirit.
Thinking back to those dedicated individuals pulling the events programme together – let’s show our support and have some fun. Thanks to all and see you there.