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The Boy From Oz celebrated in his hometown
I love escaping the city on weekends and investigating all that country towns have to offer. Don't you? You can usually find a hospitable country pub that does a good counter lunch or a cafe with a picturesque view that serves a Devonshire Tea that's well worth the drive.
Well, I've just booked a weekend escape with a difference: the Inaugural Peter Allen Festival in Tenterfield, in northern New South Wales.
The name, Peter Allen, not ringing any bells? Allen was an Australian singer and all-round entertainer, who died in 1992. Many of the songs he wrote were made famous by popular singers of the day, though most are more familiar with the theatrical production about his life, "The Boy From Oz", which has had several successful runs, starring both Hugh Jackman and Todd McKenney.
Flyer for The Boy From Oz
I Still Call Australia Home remains one of Allen's best-known hits, as is Tenterfield Saddler, which honours the life of his grandfather, as well as his place of birth.
Tenterfield is a relaxed four-hour drive from Brisbane, south of the border on the New England Highway. It is a historic township, as well as a cattle and sheep growing area. Surrounded by numerous National Parks, Tenterfield also has a burgeoning wine industry. Sounding better all the time, isn't it?
Back to Peter Allen who will be well remembered over the weekend of 7th, 8th and 9th of September with celebrations of his music, heritage, history, food, local produce, local talent and the indigenous history of the area. Activities will include the arts, culture, singing, songwriting, theatre, dance and entertainment.
Tenterfield's CBD will become Peter Allen Boulevard with interactive displays including street arts, theatre and music and performance hotspots. This family orientated event will include market stalls, as well as workshops for all ages.
I've already purchased tickets to one of the gala events on the Saturday afternoon - a concert featuring the most popular of Allen's songs. For more information about these events, go to the Peter Allen Festival website here.
Tenterfield has a range of accommodation including caravan parks, hotels, motels and cottages to suit all budgets. Refer here.
Although having previously driven through Tenterfield, I am looking forward to savouring all this historic township has to offer. A Soaperie? The Historic Railway? The Lavender Farm? For more information, see here.
I do promise not to wear one of Allen's signature Hawaiian shirts, and yes, I expect to call in sick on the following Monday.