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Lane Cove's Festival by the River

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Lane Cove's Festival by the River is a ten day event celebrating life on the river, with events located along both the Lane Cove and Parramatta rivers. It's being run by the Lane Cove Council.

The signature event of the festival is Food and Wine by the River, running on Sunday November 4, from 11.00am to 5.00pm, at Tambourine Bay Reserve. A family-friendly event that combines city with country, this event will bring together 16 food and wine stallholders. There will also be entertainment, face-painting and an animal petting farm.

Some of the other events that make up the Festival by the River include:

Kids Events
Kids can learn about the river, do a bushwalk and enjoy water activities on Friday November 2 at Blackman Park, from 9.45am to 11.00am (participation costs $5). A week later, on Saturday November 10, Greenwich Baths will host a family fun day, with kids getting free entry to the baths.

Indigenous Experiences
You can earn about the place of whales in Aboriginal life with Uncle Max Harrison on Thursday November 1. This event will begin with a ceremony and will run from 6.00pm to 7.00pm at Longueville Reserve (the event is suitable those aged 8 and up).

On Tuesday November 6 you can join Dr Leroy Gonsalves at Shell Park to learn about Sydney's Fishing Bat (6.30pm to 8.00pm). On Saturday November 10 you can do a nature walk along Berry Creek, searching for the Powerful Owl with owl expert Beth Mott (this event will run from 9.00am to 11.00am).

powerful owl, sydney owls
A Powerful Owl. Image by Greg Sharkey, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Learn what life was like in Lane Cove over a hundred years ago with a tour of Carisbrook Historic House, which was built in the 1880s. Tours will run between 11.00am and 4.00pm on Saturday November 10 as part of the Festival by the River, but Carisbrook is actually open every weekend if you can't make it this time.

The documentary BLUE will be shown at Lane Cove Library on Monday November 5 from 6.15pm (bookings are essential, but free). This Australian documentary looks at the crisis out oceans are facing righting now. On Friday, November 9, family film Ponyo will be shown at Burns Bay Reserve from 6.00pm.

On Sunday November 4 the Greenwich Sailing Club is having a 'Try Sailing' day at Bond Reserve, from 10.00am to 1.00pm. The event is for both novices and experienced sailors and will offer an opportunity to learn about the club's training programs. There will also be a sausage sizzle.

On Saturday November 3 and Sunday November 4 an arts trail will see 25 artists around Greenwich open their doors to the public between 10.00am and 4.00pm. Also on the Sunday, from 2.00pm to 4.30pm, you can join others at Tamborine Bay Picnic Area to paint the river under the supervision of local artist Pamela Fairburn (you will need to bring your own materials, or purchase a beginner's pack on the day).

Author Talk
Adam Courtenay, son of Bryce Courtenay, will talk about his book The Ship That Never Was at Lane Cove Library on Thursday November 8 (6.15pm to 7.30pm). It tells the tale of Australian larrikan James Porter, a convict who commandeered the ship taking him to Port Arthur and sailed it all the way to Chile!

On Saturday November 3, you can enjoy a morning of free entertainment at Lane Cove Plaza when Mimosa Duo perform from 10.00am to 12.00pm. This duo consists of Phoebe Haselden (violin) and Morgan Haselden (guitar). They will perform a series of water-themed songs.

For more information on the full range of Festival by the River events, as well as their times, costs, and how to book your place in them, click here.
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Why? Celebrate life by the water
When: Thursday November 1 to Sunday November 11
Where: Locations around Lane Cove, particulary near Lane Cover River and Parramatta River
Cost: Varies
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