With the COVID lockdown covering all of the state to varying degrees, restrictions may be in place relating to identified hot spots. Check with NSW Health for current information before travelling or attending events in the community. COVID-safe rules will apply under current health orders for any events that do go ahead. Please check with organisers if your desired events are still going ahead.
For the calendar
Now that the Central West lockdown has ended, nwo you need to plan ahead. There are businesses, communities and events aplenty eagerly awaiting your return. Search for events in the community and then start spreading your wings a little further each time to find at least one thing to do every weekend. Most communities have a what's on list so start by checking out council websites or simply googling "what's on [insert location here]".
ARIA Award-nominee Julia Jacklin will perform a rare solo performance, drawing on songs from across her entire catalogue as well as some never-before-heard tunes. Saturday, August 14. 7pm. Orange Regional Conservatorium. $46.95. Tickets from events.humanitix.com/hometowns-julia-jacklin-orange/tickets.
Go behind the scenes of the groundbreaking ABC sci-fi series and explore First Nations storytelling, language and creativity in production design, costumes and props. An official opening will be held on Friday, July 23 from 6pm to 8pm. Free, but bookings essential due to limited space. Orange Regional Museum. Phone 02 6393 8444. Until October 3.
Set your tastebuds to delight with this fine and fabulous Italian feast by Chef Orazio. Enjoy a delicious four-course menu with matching wines. Friday, August 6. Philip Shaw Wines, 100 Shiralee Road, Orange. $180. 02 6362 0710.
Cozy up by the open fire with a casual cheese and Dilmah Tea pairing experience. Enjoy specialty tea flavours that have been chosen to compliment a selection of hard and soft cheeses. Includes four cheeses, one chocolate and five teas. Friday, August 27. 6pm. $35. Whitney's Restaurant & Bar, The Remington, 1517 Forest Road, Orange. 02 6361 6362.
Written by award-winning Australian playwright Peta Murray, this is a play about marriage, happiness and the pursuit of the perfect foxtrot. It tells the story of Peg and Cliff Small, an ordinary, suburban, middle aged couple who were once prize-winning ballroom dancers. Friday, August 27. 8pm. Orange Civic Theatre. $46 to $28.
This exhibition features paintings of imagined landscapes by Orange artist Josephine Jagger-Manners. The works are inspired by the springtime colours in the paddocks between Orange and Stuart Town, in particular the golden canola and regal Paterson's curse. Until September 4. The Peisley St Gallery, 54 Peisley Street.
Old and New Histories
Orange Regional Museum's new long-term exhibition, Inherit: old and new histories, brings together stories from across the Central West, exploring the region's history. It highlights big events and significant personalities, as well as the lives and experiences of everyday people. More than 100 objects have been collected to tell the stories that have shaped the past and present. Until September 5.
This tribute show featuring Thomas Crane, regarded as the best Freddie Mercury impersonator in the world and his band, Bohemian Rhapsody, has been cancelled.
This show, which taps into the magic that was Johnny Cash and June Carter, was due to be performed on June 24, but was postponed until August 28. 7.30pm. Orange Civic Theatre. All tickets purchased for the June 24 show will be valid for the new date. Visit www.orange.nsw.gov.au/event/leaving-jackson.
If you're looking for something a little different to do this winter, how about booking a bonfire outing for you and your friends at the Stockman's Ridge Wines. You can enjoy a tipple or two on a winter's afternoon or evening ... and on a Saturday you can linger to watch the stars come out. Bring your own food to cook over the flames or organising a grazing platter with the venue. Until August 29, $50, book at stockmansridge.com.au
The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra's "Emerge" tour to Orange, scheduled for August 7, has been cancelled.