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Weereewa Forum 2008

Dr Geoffrey Hope, is the Professor of Natural History in the Department of Archaeology and Natural History, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, ANU in Canberra.

Sunday 30 March 2008
FORUM: Shorelines – Palaeo, Pre and Present. A Story of Weereeewa

9.30 am to 5.00 pm One day multidisciplinary forum. 



Since its inception in 1999, the Weereewa Festival has featured a one-day forum to bring together specialists in various fields and disseminate information to a wider audience. The aim of the Weereewa Festival forums has been to raise awareness and understanding of the unique values of Weereewa (Lake George) and its region.
This year’s Forum Shorelines Palaeo, Pre and Present, tells the story of the Weereewa region across a broad sweep of time. Speakers include Dr Geoffrey Hope Dr Kathryn Fitzsimmons and Dr Philip Hughes from the ANU, George Main of the National Museum of Australia, Beth Hatton, artist and Adam Muyt, ecologist. Barry Cohen will launch the forum, which is convened by Rainer Rehwinkel.

Silver Wattle
Lake Road
Bungendore NSW 2621
For registration forms ring:
02 6238 0119
Or Email [email protected]
Registration fee: $65
Concession: $50
(includes lunch and light refreshments)
(For the registration form please go tpo the Weereewa website at: www.weereewafestival.org)

A Suitable Book
Village Square
Bungendore NSW 2621
02 6238 1648

BATS Concert,

Fyre Pigs

Weereewa Festival of Lake George
Saturday 29 March 2008
BATS Weereewa Concert

4.00 to 10.30 pm
Bring your own food and drink to the Weereewa Concert featuring local musicians and BATS members. Bands include the Firepigs, Eagle Medicine, The Bond Traps, Honey Groove, Larry King Band plus soloists and Bush Poets.

Bungendore Memorial Hall Molonglo Street
Bungendore NSW 2621
Contact: Danny Velnaar 6238 1673
Entry Adult: $10 U/16 Free

WeereewaShoreline Walk and Shoreline Sculpture Trail Launch

Weerewa Lake George

Saturday 29 March
Shoreline walk from Geary’s Gap to Silver Wattle.

8.30 am 5 km walk with expert commentaries on pastoral history and natural history. This is a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with Lake George, the moody inspiring landscape and its stories.
Bring water; sturdy footwear and trousers recommended. Starts from Geary’s Gap.

Shoreline: Weereewa Sculpture Trail

11.00 am Launch of Sculpture at Silver Wattle
Ten artists have been selected to create site specific works on the shores of the lake. At the launch they will be on hand to speak about their work. Your journey along Lake Road will be enthralling, giving you a new perspective on this extraordinary landscape. The sculpture Trail will be open to viewers until 13 April.

Silver Wattle gate
at end of
Lake Road
Bungendore NSW 2621

The preceeding events are part of the 2008 Weereewa Festival of Lake George.
Queries should be directed to: 
Weereewa Festival
Contacts. Tel 6238 0119 PO Box 170 Bungendore 2621
email: [email protected]
Website: www.weereewafestival.org

Passion on the lake

Mirramus Dance Company on the lake bed, Weereewa

A Day of Dance at Mirramu Creative Arts Centre

From 12 noon to 6 pm on Saturday 29 March 2008, Passion on the Lake is a one-day event held in the grounds of Mirramu Creative Arts Centre and on the lake-bed of Weereewa/Lake George. The program features dance artists from Mirramu Dance Company performing excerpts from their recent Tango Lament production, and community dance groups from the ACT and local regions.

Workshops and presentations in Tango, Salsa and other world dance styles will be led by members of the Tango Social Club of Canberra, Racquel and Andrea Paez from the Salsabor Dance Company and Naomi Lieberfreund from Wild Earth Dance Theatre. Artistic wares, many with a South American flavour, will be on sale at the colourful stalls, and sculptured installations will be on show under the trees. Bring a picnic basket and celebrate this special place.

Passes are available at the gate: Adult $12, Concession $8, family $28

Location: Mirramu Creative Arts Centre 849 Lake Road, Bungendore
Contact: Miramu Creative Arts Centre
Phone: 02 6238 1492
E-mail: [email protected]

Bowling for Bungendore


Performances: 28 Mar 2008 to 29 Mar 2008
Comedy duo John Shortis and Moya Simpson return to Bungendore for two nights at the best venue in town, the Bungendore Bowling Club. They are renowned for their sharp political satire, and with a whole host of new targets in Parliament House, they’ll have a batch of brand new material. Mixed in is a selection their wello known comedic songs, and a few with a distinctly local flavour. Bowling for Bungendore is witty, irreverent, original, surprising, poignant, and very funny. Come with a friend or with a crowd.

Doors open 7.30pm for perfomance at 8.30pm. Seating is at tables of 4, 6 and 10. The bar is open and the ticket price includes a light supper. Book now, don’t miss it. Bungendore Bowlng Club Turallo Terrace Bungendore NSW 2621

$30 per person (including light supper) Table bookings are recommemded (tables of 4, 6 and 10 are accepted)


Send cheque or money order with your booking to:
Weereewa A Festival of Lake George "Bowling for Bungendore" PO Box 170 Bungendore NSW 2621

Or pay by cheque, Credit card or cash at:
X Gallery 32 Gibraltar Street, Bungendore NSW 2621 X Gallery opening hours: Fri- Mon 11am-5pm Tel: 6238 0550 or 0417730087


Weereewa Works on Paper Prize Exhibition


An interesting cross section of media, all works on paper, will be selected for the first Weereewa Works on Paper Prize. Works will be for sale from the exhibition, which will be at the  Bungendore Woodworks Gallery from Friday 28 March to Tuesday 8 April and is part of the 2008 Weereewa Festival of Lake George. The two prizewinners will be selected by judge Helen Maxwell of Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra. The winners will be announced at  6.30pm during the opening, which is from 6pm Friday 28 March at the Bungendore Woodworks Gallery, Malbon Street, Bungendore NSW

Pleaese note: Entry for the exhibiotn has been extended until 14 March. Information and entry forms are avaiable at http://www.weereewafestival.org/  Go to the "Works on Paer Prize" in the content menu.

Announcement of The Weereewa Festival Short Story Competition awards including the Milton Simms Medal

Weereewa, Lake George

On Saturday 28 March between 5 and 6pm  Awards for the Weereewa Festival Short Story Com[petition will be announced. The awards include the Milton Sims medal, which is named in honour of Milton Simms, a former Australian National University librarian. Also a long-time Bungendore resident, Sims lobbied in his position as Yarrowlumla deputy mayor to secure funds to build the Bungendore Library and school hall. The medal for the open section will be of silver and designed by X Gallery’s Xanthe Gay. There are awards in the other two sections for stories by Junior primary school children and Intermediate primary school children.

The theme for the Open Section, is “Shoreline” – a beginning or ending of place: scope, extent, and story?

The theme for school-aged entrants is: "Secrets of the Lake", as Weereewa or Lake George as many people still call it, is renown for its many so-called secrets.


Weereewa Collective


A group exhibition of works in various media by regional artists. 6.00 pm launch at X Gallery 32 Gibraltar Street Bungendore Saturday 22 March.


JOhn Pratt on the lake bed during a Weereewa Field Trip

This innovative exhibition, curated by Kirstie Rea is based on a two-week residency of four local artists: Wendy Teakel, Kirsten Farrell, John Pratt and Sharon Peters. The artists from other disciplines explore glass as a medium to express their reflections on the Lake George / Weereewa landscape. Curator Kirtie Rea describes the work as having amazing clarity and boldness of ideas, which has been expressed through glass material and processes facillitated by Canberra Galss Works technical assistants Nikki Main and Sue Kesteven. The show is on at the Canberra Galss Works until 30 March and was the launching event for the 2008 Weereewa Festival of Lake George. The Canberra Glassworks is located at 11 Wentworth Avenue Kingston and telephone enquires should be directed to 02 6260 7005.

I wish I was David Bowie


Jay Kochel investigates social constructions of masculinity, drawing together his interests in gender and body politics, design, photoography, sculpture and new media. Kochel was recently awarded an ANU PHD Scholoarship to further his academic and art practice. He is a part time tutor in the School of Art (SOA) Sculpture Workshop, works as an installer and gallery assistant in the SOA Gallery and currently practices from an Australian National Capital Artists (ANCA) Mitchell Studio, His work is quirky and humorous with distinct political and dark psychological undercurrents. It often contaians interactive or kinetic elements and draws contemporary cultural meanings directly from Kochel’s sensitive incorporation or interpretation of found objects. Rcently exhibitied at the M16 Artspace in "ANCA Travelling South", which coincided with the Ausglass Conference were miniature glass pieces by Kochel.  "Kickers" and "Pacify", works in cast recycled television screen were made with assistance from and in the studio of ANCA based glass artist Luna Ryan. Kochel was also a participant in the 2008 Domain temporary public art series. "I wish I was David Bowie" is on from 2 – 13 April at the ANCA Gallery, 1 Rosevear Place on the corner of Antill Street in Dickson. The gallery is open 12noon  to 5pm Wednesday to Sunday. Please direct inquiries to 6247 8736.

lake Gathering

Lake George (night) 2008

Inspired by Lake George over many years, artists Christine James (represented by Beaver Galleries), Anita McIntyre (represented by Beaver Galleries), Micky Allan (represented by Helen Maxwell Gallery), Katherine Campbell and Pete Smith have been gathered together for this exhibition by Philippa Kelly. Showing at the ANCA Gallery, "Lake Gathering" is part of the 2008 Weereewa Festival of Lake George program. Works in painting, drawing, mixed media and ceramics explore the individual artists interest in and responses to the elusory and moody majesty of the Weereewa landscape. During the opening, which begins at 6pm on Wednesday 19 March, celebrated cellist David Perera will perform in the ANCA Gallery courtyard. His a composition "Lake Ghost" results from recent collaboration with painter Micky Allan. The ANCA Gallery is at 1 Rosevear Place, on the corner of Antil Street in Dickson. Direct inquiries to 6247 8736. "Lake Gathering" continues until 30 March and is open to the public 12 – 5pm Wednesday to Sunday.

Australia in Naturalibus (Australia uncovered)

Top (L to R): Hand:Out of Reach, Brain, Female Torso: Alma Mater, Bottom (L to R): Eyes: Out of sight out of mind, Heart: The Heart of the Matter, Leg: Dry Land

In this rich and complex exhibition Canberra based tapestry weaver, Brenda Goggs takes a humorous look at nomenclature. "Australia: in naturalibus (Australia Uncovered)" she says, "is about naming the Land" She asserts that "myth and reality are often hard to separate when a new land is discovered and named. Past experience is applied to the present. " and "The whole constitutes more than the sum of its parts. This is a humorous look at nomenclature, familiar sayings and taking ourselves too seriously."  The exhibition consits of sixteen tapestries, each embelished with a Latin saying with reference to Australia during the period 1996 – 1999," The works are woven by hand on a frame using left over donated and otherwise scrounged materials. This aspect of Goggs’ practice makes reference to the "make do" colonial, pioneering and depression textile traditions of the 19th and 20th century. They are various sizes approx 55 x 70cm. The exhibition continues at the ANCA Gallery at 1 Rosevear Place (corner of Antill Street) Dickson until 16 March.

This Week at The Folkus Room

This Week In Folkus

Hello again and welcome to your Weekly Wot’s Wot in Folkus…

At long last the political race in USA is starting to get "interesting" … A doddery, 71 year old hawk, still fighting the Vietnam war becomes the preferred Republican nominee and Hillary & Obama are neck and neck & starting to get down and dirty … Let’s hope some common sense prevails.

1. This Week in Folkus
2. Next Week in Folkus
3. Parish Notices
4. The Comics
5. Sport

This Week In Folkus –

(operates out of The Serbian Cultural Centre & Club) 5 Heard St. MAWSON ACT .. eastern side of Southlands Centre and just off Athllon Drive..

there are not enough words to properly describe the musical fields and styles of these three shows… Just google their names and go to their web pages if you want to find out more about them before getting along to The Folkus Room for a weekend of quality entertainment …

All shows start with doors & bistro from 6.00pm. Support act from 8.00pm and main act from 9.00pm

Friday 7 March .. Folkus on Blues. Guy Davis (USA) + Craig & Simone
"Like the best early blues men, Guy Davis is, at heart, a storyteller. A master at setting intimate, richly nuanced tales to stomping acoustic blues backing, often with folky accompaniment from mandolin, banjo, and accordion, he helped revitalize the state of country blues in the 1990s with a string of critically acclaimed albums for Red House Records." … Blues Revue

Saturday 8 March .. Folkus on Women. SONiA (USA) + Rachael Cooper
“On her new CD, "Tango," Baltimore folk-rocker SONiA takes the opposite tack, daring to offer original songs in four languages — English, Hebrew, Arabic and Spanish — and inviting the whole world to dance. In the hands of another musician, such an effort could seem like a gimmick — but from the socially conscious SONiA, who has such an obvious passion about promoting global harmony, the result is nothing short of magic.” … THE PRESS & SUN BULLETIN CHRIS KOCHER

Sunday 9 March .. Folkus on Folk. George Papavgeris (UK) + The Cashews
"songs you feel you’ve known all your life, or that you wish you did" … Hamish Currie, Tudor Folk
"I wasn’t prepared for the emotional experience of his performance. His presence was compelling" … Bryn Phillips, Woodman FC Review

Next Week In Folkus … beauty in spades
Friday 14 March .. Michael Kennedy; Vasek & Vendulka
Saturday 15 March .. Saturday Arvo Jazz 2pm – 5pm with "Antiquity" & "Kooky Fandango"

Parish Notices……..

3a. The Folkus Room is offering annual subscriptions. see website for details

3b. If through some quirk of the universe you cannot get to The Folkus Room on Friday nights .. ArtsoundFM is launching a new roots and acoustic program called BLUEBIRD on Friday nights from 10pm to midnight. Bluebird, presented by long-time ArtSound FM presenter Krista Schmeling, will have a range of music from 30’s and 40’s American delta blues, country blues, folk, and lots of modern music that pays homage to those older styles – it’s music that’s got a soul, a history and a story and it’s still being told…….it’s roots music! Krista co-presented Route 927 with Libby O’Loughlin on ArtSound in 2006, and has been a fan of community radio for many years. She has always had a soft spot for beautiful harmonies, and has sung in a few groups in Canberra over the years including the Worldly Goods a Capella choir and the Honeybells. Her concept for creating Bluebird came out of the idea to have a mix of music that incorporates some very soulful old sounds, from syncopated African-derived rhythms and soulful blues to beautiful gospel and bluegrass harmonies – with not quite in the mainstream ‘country’ music and even a touch of funk thrown in for good measure (if you didn’t think that was possible, you better tune in!). Bluebird will feature musicians and singer-songwriters from the local area and from around the world, including the likes of Bessie Smith, The Carter Family, Leadbelly, The Beautiful Girls, Xavier Rudd, Ben Harper, Jolie Holland, Gillian Welch, Chris Smither, Ry Cooder, Harry Manx, Steve Earle, Sufjan Stevens, The Waifs, The Cashews, Guy Davis, The Saltwater Band, Miriam Makeba, Ali Farkah Toureh and MANY MORE. So if you’re near your radio on Friday nights from 10-midnight, check out Bluebird on Artsound (92.7 or 90.3 FM).

3c. Advertise here .. cheap rates apply

3d. The notice with depth C21…. Advertise here .. cheap rates apply

3e. The 4th National Australian Folklore Conference will be held at The National Library of Australia on the Thursday preceding the National Folk Festival and promises an interesting mix of speakers and themes. The conference is free and is a great opportunity to listen, contribute and have a yarn about folklore in Australia. For further information please contact Graham Seal at [email protected] or Rob Willis at [email protected] ………..

4. … a bit of a theme going on here based on last week’s comics …
Two women were playing golf. One teed off and watched in horror as her ball headed directly toward a foursome of men playing the next hole. The ball hit one of the men. He immediately clasped his hands together at his groin, fell to the ground and proceeded to roll around in agony. The woman rushed down to the man, and immediately began to apologize. ‘Please allow me to help. I’m a Physical Therapist and I know I could relieve your pain if you’d allow me, she told him. ‘Oh, no, I’ll be all right. I’ll be fine in a few minutes,’ the man replied. He was in obvious agony, lying in the foetal position, still clasping his hands together at his groin. At her persistence, however, he finally allowed her to help. She gently took his hands away and laid them to the side, loosened his pants and put her hands inside. She administered professional, tender and artful massage for several long moments and asked, ‘How does that feel now’? He replied: ‘It feels great, but I still think my thumb’s broken.


Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune … without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me. … Emily Dickinson

Stay Well & Truly Silly Gentle Folk

Bill Arnett
The Folkus Room
Canberra’s Acoustic Preference
0407 434 469
"No Strangers Come Here – Just Friends We Have Not Yet Met"

Bowling for Seniors in Phillip

Lawn Bowls

Enjoy bowling? Friday morning bowling classes for seniors take place every week in Phillip. It’s a great way to get some fresh air, to socialise or to just look on! Contact Frank Millburn on 6286 1495 for more information on how to join the group.

Taking place at the Phillip Bowling Club in Phillip the session starts at 10:30am every Friday.