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Tassie On My Mind, January 2015 -- lots of action
January 19, 2015

Tassie On My Mind, January 2015
- lots of action

Welcome to the January 2015 issue of Tassie On My Mind, a free monthly newsletter keeping you informed of the latest news on what makes Tasmania such an attractive travel destination.

It's the beginning of yet another shiny new year and there is lots of action in Tasmania to kick it off. Art exhibitions, markets, sporting activities, fun for the kids - you can find all that and more in Tasmania.

Read on to see what I mean...

This issue:

  • Barnbougle action
  • Salamanca Arts action
  • Markets action
  • Botanical Gardens action
  • Rektango action

Plus... your chance to be a part of!

Barnbougle action

Interested in golf or polo?

Then you might want to go to Barnbougle!

Barnbougle is located in north east Tasmania, near the town of Bridport. It was first brought to my attention by a site visitor who is also a golfing enthusiast.

Both The Dunes and the 20-hole Lost Farm golf courses have been highly rated by golfing publications like Australian Golf Digest and U.S. Golf Magazine. The views look spectacular, plus the clubhouse and spa facilities sound amazing as well.

For something perhaps a little different, how about a game of polo?

On January 24th 2015, the inaugural Peroni Barnbougle Polo event will be presented. It will feature current and former Australian Polo Captains and players from around Australia.

Visit the Barnbougle website for more information.

Salamanca Arts

Once again, the Salamanca Arts Centre is presenting the work of some very fine Tasmanian artists.

Island Light
This is the largest photography exhibition to be held in Tasmania, and it features Tasmania’s finest nature photographers. I don't need to hear anything more than that to get very excited. I've seen some of the art and it looks fabulous!

Held Aloft
Katherine Perrot, a Resident Artist at Salamanca Arts Centre, said this about her work in this exhibition:

"In my recent body of work, I have painted clothes, chairs and tricycles being swept through a skyscape to symbolise the transient nature of the objects and desires we find or surround ourselves with."

She goes on to say more and I can relate to what she describes!

Read more at the Salamanca Arts Centre website.

Markets action

Tasmania plays host to some interesting markets. I just read about a couple:

The new Richmond Farmers and Makers Market will be held each Saturday from 9am-3pm in the Richmond Town Hall. It will be operated by volunteers and managed by the Richmond and Coal River Valley Promotions Group Inc (RCRVPG) — a group of about 60 local businesses working together to promote the region.

According to RCRVPG secretary Tara Mendham,

"We have already 30 stallholders for our first market and this will grow… Stallholders range from quality fruit and vegetable producers, to honey, jams, handmade jewellery, soaps, beauty products, preserves, meats and fish products through to ready-to-eat foods."

Going to a market like this is such a wonderful way to enjoy yourself on a Saturday!

THE Hobart Twilight Market is back for 2015.

What a great way to get you out and about at what is usually such a nice time of day during the summer months.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic rug!

Stalls will feature gourmet food and beverages, fashion, art, homewares and health and wellness activities. For children, there is face painting, balloon animals and a playground on-site.

The market will be held on alternate Fridays from 4-8pm only until March 20, so don't miss out!

Go to the Hobart Twilight Market Facebook page for more information.

Gardens action

Have you been to the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (RTBG)? I was fascinated by the lovely gardens, outstanding views and remarkable history

This January, "Sinbad the sailor - theatre in the Gardens" is being performed at this beautiful location. A show that would appeal to the whole family, it features tales of magical creatures and beautiful princesses.

According to Theatre Royal marketing manager Maria Pate

"There’s a lot of singing and dancing, and plenty of audience participation as well."

Sounds like great fun!

And while you're there, you can check out the gardens! Visit the RTBG website for more information.

Rektango action

Have you heard of Rektango? It is a weekly event at Salamanca Courtyard showcasing local music, and has become a Hobart institution. It has just celebrated 15 years of delighting crowds of people.

It all started in 2000, when photographer Lucia Rossi hired Tania Bosak, Dan Magnus, Randal Muir and Ralph Forehead to perform in the Salamanca Courtyard for gallery exhibition openings and events. The band was called Rektango.

As Bosak said,

"…I thought this would be great to happen every week because it was such a success. People were dancing and having a great time."

Encouraged by Rossi, Bosak submitted a proposal to the Salamanca Arts Centre. Director Rosemary Miller supported it, and “the rest is history”.

Other local musicians have also performed over the years, to add colour and variety. Hot Tassie acts including Kelly Ottaway, Kevin Cooney and Dean Stevenson have emerged from the event.

Rektango has been backed by the Salamanca Arts Centre and well-known local figures such as author Richard Flanagan and former Greens leader Bob Brown.

According to Brown,

"It’s a bit like the wilderness — it’s good just knowing it’s there. But when you visit it, it can be life-altering. It’s open-air and fantastic fun — and also like the wilderness, you need a hot bath after."

As Bosak put it,

"There’s something about the identity of Hobart which is represented within the event … You can go on your own, you can know absolutely no one, and make friends really easily."

Another not-to-be-missed Tasmanian event!

Well that's it for this issue.

Again there are some fabulous activities to be enjoyed at Port Arthur at this time of year - check out their Summer Activities Guide for more information. And if you want to know what it's like to have Tasmania as the mainland, get across to King Island for the Festival of King Island.

See you next time!

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