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Tassie On My Mind, March 2014 -- eventful
March 02, 2014

Tassie On My Mind, March 2014
- eventful

Welcome to the March 2014 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.

There is such an interesting variety of events held in Tasmania - it never ceases to amaze me... Steam, baroque, circus and cabaret - these are just some of the themes of events coming up.

Read on to see what I mean...

This issue:

  • Getting steamy
  • Getting into baroque
  • Getting tasty
  • Get to Franklin
  • Get to Spiegeltent

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

Getting steamy

The biggest and best Steamfest ever will be held from 8th to 10th March, according to the Steamfest Tasmania website.

Steamfest is a celebration of the steam and pioneering heritage of North-West Tasmania.

On display at Redwater Creek Steam & Heritage Railway in Sheffield will be:

  • a threshing machine which was operated by 18 men
  • a rock crusher which was used to build the first roads in the North-West
  • a kerosene-powered Greyhound Grader that cut the roads around Penguin
and more...

See the machines and discover the history that helped make the region what it is today!

Plus see some pioneering skills such as:

  • blacksmithing
  • steam-powered chaff cutting
  • straw pressing
It will be like stepping back in time...

And yes, there will be entertainment for the kids too - steam train rides, archery, music and more...

Getting into baroque

Which event in Australia is the only one solely dedicated to performance of music from the late 17th and early 18th centuries?

Hobart Baroque - according to the Theatre Royal website.

This year, the second Hobart Baroque has this to offer:

  • fully staged performance of Orlando
  • operatic masterpiece by Handel
  • early music from the Ottoman Empire followed by a banquet
There will be performers from Australia of course, but also Finland, Spain, the UK, Israel, Greece, Russia, New Zealand and Turkey.

Are you a baroque fan? Or is it something completely new to you that you might just love? With some tickets costing only five dollars, here's your chance to find out!

The event kicks off from 28th March at the beautiful Theatre Royal in Hobart.

Getting tasty

According to the Taste of the Huon website this event is a "celebration of fine food, wine, entertainment, arts and crafts from the Huon Valley and Channel region".

Exhibitors this year include producers of wine, beer, chocolates, fruit, honey, nuts and other tasty delights.

There will be lots of entertainment including:

  • Inaugural Apple Pie Off Competition
  • Grape crushing competitions
  • Live cooking demonstrations
  • music covering a variety of genres
  • Rotor-Lift rides
  • Small Ford Classic car display
And for the kids:
  • balloon creation
  • appearances by Pepper the pig and Dora the Explorer
  • Pelican Puppets
  • Face Painting
  • Jumping Castle
  • Cup & Saucer Ride
Sounds like a great summer event to enjoy while summer's still here.

Catch it at the Ranelagh Recreation Grounds on 9th and 10th March!

Get to Franklin

Why? Because of the Focus on Franklin event!

Have you heard of Franklin? It is a popular tourist town located on the western side of the Huon river in south-east Tasmania.

Running from 28th to 30th March, the Focus on Franklin event is now in its 8th year.

Here's some of what's on this year:

  • Apple Action including cooking/cider competition
  • screening of the original "For the Term of His Natural Life"
  • street festival stalls featuring food, wine, music and more
  • Children's Hour featuring music and games
  • Barefoot Bowls
  • river activities such as canal tours, cruises, swim-through and more
  • supersized street garage sale
For further information, visit the Focus on Franklin website.

Get to Spiegeltent

What is Spiegeltent? Many things, from what I can tell!

According to the Ten Days website, it includes:

  • world-renowned circus, cabaret and burlesque
  • sidesplitting comedy
  • home-grown, mainland and international musical talent
The line-up of entertainment really does look pretty special, featuring some amazing local talent:
  • Dewayne Everettsmith
  • Jude Elliot
  • Enola Fall
To find out if there really is something for everyone as claimed, why not attend the free opening night on Thursday 6th March from 5pm?

Well that's it for this issue.

There are other top events coming up in Tasmania - such as Woolfest and Breath of Life Festival - terrific opportunities to enjoy what's left of summer while we can.

See you in April!

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