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Get your vocals ready for Mudgee Showground Carols

There isn’t much that will put you in the Christmas spirit faster than an evening of Christmas carols in Mudgee.

This year Mudgee Rotary Clubs will again be hosting their annual Mudgee Showground Christmas Carols set to take place this Saturday 16 December.

Gather your family and closest friends together at the Mudgee Showground, located on the corner of Nicholson and Douro Streets, for a festive night they will cherish.

Gates open at 4pm for those who want to get in early and reserve the best seating spots, with the carols themselves set to start around 7.30pm when the whole of Mudgee is encouraged to stretch out their vocal cords and join in the sing-along, as local performers will showcase their talent on stage.

There will be something for everyone at Mudgee’s carols. Soak up the festive cheer with food, market stalls, craft and lots of fun activities planned for the little ones.

The carols will feature performances by local choirs and artists Sugarfoot, Brad Myers and Mudgee Carols Band. There will also be a special appearance from Santa.

The event will conclude at 9:30pm.

Contact carols@mudgeesunriserotary.org.au for more information.

What you need to know:

When: Saturday 16 December

Time: 4pm – 9:30pm

Cost: Gold coin entry

Where: Mudgee Showground (Cnr Nicholson St & Douro St)

Note: There is no parking available on ground to general public. The event is alcohol free.

The dos and don’ts of renovating

Thinking about renovating your home and don’t know where to begin?

When renovating there’s a lot to consider. Ideally you want to spend conservatively and avoid renovations that will add little value to your home, or worse, devalue it.

Before calling in the trades or getting out the paintbrush it’s a good idea to consider the pros and cons of your planned projects and whether they will help add significant property value.

To help you decide what renovations you should pursue at your property, consider the following renovation dos and don’ts.

Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart and soul of the home and is therefore a popular room to renovate. Kitchen renovations generally pay off and help add value and appeal to a home, but they need to be done right.

DO

  • Install new energy efficient appliances
  • Make room for an adequate sized fridge (the bigger the home the bigger the fridge cavity should be)
  • Create an open plan design
  • Match the kitchen to the style of the home

DON’T

  • Cut down on storage or bench space
  • Go too trendy – it will date faster than a classic kitchen design
  • Forget to consider the kitchen’s workflow (a kitchen generally needs separate zones for preparation, cooking and cleaning)

Bathroom

A good bathroom renovation should turn it into a beautiful and functional space. It needs to be a room that people can go to for peace and relaxation so it really is an important area to get right.

DO

  • Consider including a double vanity if room allows
  • Hire a builder to help manage the various trades needed
  • Choose products that are easy to keep clean
  • Make sure there is adequate storage

DON’T

  • Consider DIY in the bathroom as fixing up mistakes can end up costing you more in the long run
  • Get rid of the bathtub and replace with only a shower
  • Move the plumbing if you can help it as this will add significantly to the cost

Living areas/Bedrooms

Living rooms and bedrooms are normally the easiest to update as they don’t require expensive products or cabinetry like the bathroom and kitchen does. It’s still important to get these areas right though as they will help set the mood and flow of the house.

DO

  • Invest in good quality window treatments
  • Make sure there is adequate lighting in each room
  • Invest in home heating/cooling
  • Keep flooring continuous throughout the house

DON’T

  • Go crazy with colours – light and neutral colours are often the best
  • Overcrowd small rooms – don’t install bulky cabinetry when there is already limited space

Backyard

The outside of the home can have just as much impact as the inside. People in Mudgee love to spend time outdoors so spending money on a luxurious backyard is likely to add significantly to a property’s overall appeal.

DO

  • Hire a professional landscaper to help you out
  • Choose native trees and plants
  • Install outdoor lighting
  • Include an entertaining area

DON’T

  • Overdo plants and flowers – try to design a garden that will be easy to maintain
  • Forget to choose a variety of plants so that different flowers bloom each season
  • Plant large trees too close to your house

Renovating is a big expense so you should carefully consider any projects and make sure that you get all necessary council approvals.

If you’re after advice about renovating to help add value to your home in Mudgee contact McGrath Central Tablelands.

Mudgee Christmas Lights Tours 2017

One of the great things about this time of year is all of the festive lights and decorations around town. Some houses look so spectacular that families get together and take a drive around the neighbourhood to see if they can find the best Christmas light displays.

If you aren’t sure what streets to visit, or you’d rather sit back and let someone else do the driving for you, you might be interested in joining in on a Christmas Lights Bus Tour.

McDermott Chartours Christmas Lights Bus Tour

McDermott Chartours will be doing bus tours of the best Christmas lights around Mudgee.

The tours will take place on the 20th, 21st & 22nd of December 2017.

Bookings are required by contacting Malcolm on 0402 913 651 or by emailing mcdermottchartours@bigpond.com.

The cost is $5 per adult and child over 5 years.

The tours will depart from Robertson Park, opposite the Mudgee Information Centre, at 8.30pm and finish at roughly 10.45pm.

You can find out more about the tours by visiting the McDermott Chartours Facebook page – www.facebook.com/McDermottChartours/. 

The tours will make for a great night out with family and friends, so get them together and enjoy this special time of year.

 

A very Christmas-y weekend in the Mudgee region

December is a great time to be in the Mudgee region. The buildings are decked out in festive lights and decorations and there’s plenty of delicious seasonal food on offer in our local cafes and restaurants.

Another reason to love Mudgee at this time of year is all of the fantastic local events.

This weekend there will be a number of exciting events to head along to so you can get into the festive spirit.

Gulgong Christmas Celebrations – December 9 

Gulgong will be celebrating Christmas this Saturday with a Christmas Party at ANZAC Memorial Park.

It’s set to be a fun-filled afternoon for the whole family with a free BBQ, jumping castle, face painting, pony rides, RFS water slides, chocolate wheel, raffles and prizes and a special visit from Santa. 

Rylstone Kandos Rotary Christmas Carnival – December 9 

For a whole heap of festive fun head along to the Rylstone Kandos Rotary Christmas Carnival on Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

Held at the Rylstone Showground, this annual community event will include Christmas music, a jumping castle and rides for children, sausage sizzle, stalls and of course a visit from Santa.

Mudgee Lions Twilight Market and Festival – December 9 

Mudgee Lions Club will be holding a combined market and Christmas festival for the whole community to enjoy.

To be held at Mudgee’s Lawson Park from 5pm, there will be something for everyone including a jumping castle, chocolate wheel, games, prizes, giveaways, obstacle course, food and stalls. 

Cherry Picking @ Roth Family Orchard – December 9-10

Pick your Christmas cherries fresh from the trees at Roth Family Orchard, located at 108 Eurunderee Lane.

Head along in the morning to get the freshest fruit and don’t forget to take a box or esky along so you can take your cherries home with you.

Visit https://rothnetau.wordpress.com/ to find out more.

Tips for moving during the holidays

Moving homes is very common during December and January as people take advantage of a short break from work or need to move so they are settled in their new home by the start of the school year.

Whilst moving at this time of year can be hectic, proper planning and organisation can help you avoid stress and make your move go smoothly.

A few moving tips:

Get organised early

Organise as many things as you can as far in advance as possible so you’re not left running around doing everything at the last minute.

Book in removalists or a moving truck if you need them so you know they will be available for the day of your move, while keeping in mind that a lot of companies will be unavailable on public holidays.

It’s also a good idea to organise things like moving boxes and any other packing materials as soon as you can so you don’t need to head out in the height of the Christmas rush.

Let people know you’re moving

Notify relevant companies of your move so you don’t miss any mail. It is also a good idea to organise a mail redirection with Australia Post for at least a few months in case you have forgotten to let anyone know of your new address.

You may also like to let family and friends know about your impending move in case they want to send you gifts or Christmas cards.

Make a to-do list

Keep track of everything you need to do by writing a to-do list. Add items to your list as you remember them so they aren’t forgotten.

Everything from buying presents to paying bills should be added so that no jobs fall through the cracks while you’re busy concentrating on the big move.

Ask family and friends for help

Many hands make light work. Don’t be shy about asking family and friends for help with your move. Most people are more than happy to lend a hand, especially being that it’s the season of giving. If you can get people to help you move, you will be able to save significantly on moving costs.

Good luck with moving over the holidays, and hopefully you will have some spare time to take a break and enjoy the festivities.

NRL Blockbusters returning to Glen Willow Stadium

Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium is set to host four blockbuster NRL games.

In a two year partnership between the Mid-Western Regional Council and the NRL, the Glen Willow Stadium will play host to two St George Illawarra Dragons premiership home games and the 2018 and 2019 Charity Shield games featuring the Dragons and Rabbitohs.

All four games will be broadcast to a national audience.

The Mudgee community can look forward to the 2018 Charity Shield on Saturday 24 February followed by the St George Illawarra Dragons vs Canberra Raiders Round 11 game on Sunday 20 May.

It has also been reported that Paul McGregor may take his NRL team to Mudgee over summer for a pre-season training camp.

Hosting the games is a huge win for a small regional area like Mudgee, helping to boost the economy and providing local sports fans the opportunity to watch games in their hometown.

The community will also have the chance to meet players during local engagement activities in the lead-up to the game.

Previous games at Glen Willow such as the 2017 Country vs City Origin have brought in crowds from near and far. City spectators made a weekend of witnessing the game, staying in town and exploring local sights while they were here.

The upcoming games look set to be no exception and are sure to bring huge crowds to Mudgee.

How to score tickets

Ticket details can be found on the Mid-Western Regional Council website – www.midwestern.nsw.gov.au/community–recreation/Events/2018NRLMatches/.

 

Image via: http://www.midwestern.nsw.gov.au/

Celebrate Christmas Day 2017 in Mudgee

Christmas Day is a great day to gather at home and enjoy good food with family and friends, however sometimes it’s nice to head out and let someone else do all of the cooking for you.

In Mudgee there will be a number of venues offering up a delicious Christmas lunch so that you don’t need to worry about getting organised, or cleaning up.

Parklands Resort

Head to Parklands Resort for a massive Christmas Day feast. Their signature lunch will include fresh seafood, a selection of traditional meats and sides, dessert buffet and beverages (beer, wine and soft drink). Plus there will be live entertainment.

Time: 12pm to 3pm

Cost:  Adults $110 per person + booking fee; Children (under 16 yrs) $50 per person + booking fee; Infants 4 years + under free

Details: Call Parklands Resort on 02 6372 4500 or visit parklandsresort.com.au

The Zin House

Spend a day amongst the beautiful surrounds of The Zin House. Enjoy canapés on arrival followed by a traditional Christmas buffet (Ham, roast pork, roast vegetable and salads etc.) and dessert (layered ice-cream cake, Xmas pudding with custard, fresh fruit salad).

Time: 1pm

Cost:  $165 per person including drinks selected by David Lowe

Details: Call The Zin House on 02 6372 1660 or visit zinhouse.com.au.

Mudgee Baptist Church

The Mudgee Baptist Church, on behalf of the Cudgegong Combined Churches, is hosting a community Christmas lunch. The event is completely free and everyone is welcome to head along. There will be a delicious lunch, plus activities for the kids and all the trimmings of Christmas.

Time: 11:30am for 12pm seating

Cost: Free

Details: Phone Georgia on 0429 160 997 by December 5 to RSVP.

Short Sheep Micro-Winery

Keep the festivities going on Boxing Day at Short Sheep Micro-Winery where you can enjoy a structured wine tasting with some wines that aren’t available during normal opening hours. There will also be & tour of the Micro-Winery followed by a generous Vineyard platter and glass of wine with Head Ram & Ewe, Tony & Sue.

Time: 6:30pm on Boxing Day (December 26)

Cost: $35 per person

Details: Call Short Sheep on 0420 299 999 or visit www.shortsheep.com.au.

Why the silly season is a great time to sell

Many assume that spring is the best time of year to sell, but there’s a lot to be said about selling during the festive season.

Selling in December and January can put you in a great position to attract more buyers and sell your home faster due to some of the unique characteristics of this time of year.

Here are some of them:

Lots of holidaymakers in town

The Mudgee region can get busy over the festive season, with people coming from far and wide to enjoy the many wonders in our backyard.

A lot of people tend to visit Mudgee over the holidays and fall in love and so it’s a great time to have a property on the market to give out-of-towners a chance to go to viewings.

Houses look great

There’s no denying that properties look great at this time of year. Not only is the sun out and gardens in full bloom, but also a few festive decorations can help tug at buyers’ heartstrings and create an emotional connection with a property. Just make sure not to go overboard on the decorations or they may detract from the property’s features.

Less competition

A lot of sellers think it’s better to wait until after the New Year to put their property on the market, so there may be a lot less selling competition around than usual. This is great news for those selling because it means that there is less housing stock out there for buyers to choose from, which means your property will get a lot more attention.

Motivated buyers

Those who take the time to search for a property during the holidays are generally quite serious about buying. They may need to lock in a property before the start of the school year or they have simply been looking for a property for months and are keen to lock one in as soon as possible.

Looking to sell over the festive season and want any advice? Contact McGrath Central Tablelands.

Cherry season is almost here!

The festive season is almost here and in Mudgee that means that it’s almost time for cherry picking season too.

Every year the Roth Family Orchard opens to the public, allowing visitors to pick their own cherries fresh from the tree.

They will be opening their orchard on the weekend mornings of December 9-10 and December 16-17.

There will possibly be further weekends planned depending on how the season plays out.

Roth’s cherries are a favourite of locals due to their delicious flavour. With 7,000 trees and five varieties, there are plenty of cherries to go around. Plus, picking makes for a fun day out for the whole family.

Each cherry variety has its own unique flavour and timing. The Sambas are the first to ripen with their big size and punchy flavour followed by the sweet, black Rons, the tasty red Vans, the firm, dark Black Stars and lastly the full flavoured Simones.

How to plan your visit

If you’re planning to go and pick your cherries then be sure to turn up in the morning, before the heat of the day. Cooler fruit will stay fresh for longer.

The farm will be open from 7:30am to 1pm.

Bring along something to take your cherries home in and something to keep them cool in if you’re travelling a long way home. An esky is a great option, however boxes will be available to purchase.

Those who don’t want to pick their own cherries can pick up ready-packed cherries for sale.

Entry to the orchard costs just $5 for adult entry (kids are free) and cherries are $6 per kilogram.

You can find Roth Family Orchard at 108 Eurunderee Lane in Mudgee.

Visit www.facebook.com/rothfamilyorchard to stay up to date with opening weekends as they can change depending on weather conditions.

Get in the festive spirit at Gulgong Christmas Market

We have an event for all those Christmas shoppers looking to find unique, local produce this year.

The Gulgong Christmas Market will be held this Saturday 25 November starting from 8.30am until 1pm at Coronation Park.

The markets will have everything you’ll need to fill your Christmas stockings from art and jewellery to delicious gourmet treats and other homemade goods.

All of your favourite stallholders are expected to be there and no doubt they will have a few festive surprises in store for everyone.

There will be entertainment on the day too and Santa is expected to pop in for a visit.

The Gulgong Christmas Market will provide a fantastic opportunity for everyone in the community to shop local and help support the Mudgee region’s industry and artists. All products at the markets are made, grown, produced and or recycled in Australia.

Another great thing about the Gulgong markets is that people get the chance to talk directly to the makers and learn about the wonderful products they sell.

All in all the Gulgong Markets will offer a fantastic way to get into the Christmas spirit.

Details:

When: Saturday 25 November from 8.30am to 1pm

Where: Coronation Park, Mayne Street in Gulgong

Contact: (02) 6374 2735

Further information: www.facebook.com/GulgongMarkets