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Are the best things in life free?
What's Free in September
What's Free in September
We all like to get out and see or do something new. It's great to experience the thrill of a new activity, explore new places, and try different foods.
But sometimes things are too expensive, or maybe you're buying a new house and just don't have spare cash to throw around. Besides, if you go The Show you will probably blow your budget for the month anyway.
So we bring you a list of things to do that just might even get Ebenezer Scrooge excited.
Instead of taking Dad out for an enormous slab of steak at some overpriced restaurant and contributing to his future heart attack, why not take him on a winery tour? Before you go chop up some celery and carrots into sticks, grab some moreish Mersey Valley spreadable cheese, and a packet of crackers, and you have the makings of a tasty snack for between wineries.
If you're lucky, after such a light lunch Dad will get tipsy enough to get excited about a vintage shiraz as rich as bull's blood and buy you a bottle too.
September 3 is Australian National Flag Day and the government gives us some sober advice on its website for the event.
• Conduct a flag-raising ceremony. (See the protocols for
raising the Australian National Flag.)
• Business and organisations which don't have a flagpole
may wish to display the Australian National Flag in the
public areas of their buildings, such as foyers.
• Read about the history of the Australian National Flag
and the protocols for flying the flag on the Department
of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website
• Request a copy of the Australian Flags booklet, available
free of charge from your Senator or Federal Member of Parliament.
Well aren't they just a bundle of fun. Perhaps they should give out free flags rather than a poxy pamphlet about them?
Despite intensive Googling, I was unable to discover any celebrations for this event in Adelaide. But look at the bright side, at least you aren't going to waste any cash on it.
Talk Like a Pirate Day
Ahoy landlubbers, Walk the Plank On the Pirate Ship @ Bailey Reserve
September 22 is World Car free Day. Now that is not an excuse to jump on the bus without a ticket and pretend that you're an immigrant from Kazakhstan when you're challenged by the Inspector. And I doubt whether talking like a pirate would help much either, but it may be worth a try.
On the last Sunday in September The Bay to Birdwood Run causes a stir of anticipation to ripple through Adelaide as people line the route with their deck chairs, picnic hampers and even the odd bottle of champers.
The entrants congregate at Adelaide Shores in West Beach from 6am, and this is a great place for spectators to mix with the entrants and gawk at their glamorous cars. Enjoy breakfast and endure some jazz until the first car departs at 9am, then see if you can get away in time to catch the parade somewhere along the route.
Real enthusiasts may choose to be at the finish line at the National Motor Museum at Birdwood when the entrants start arriving from around 10.30. There will be food stalls, live entertainment, dancing, and Hills wine available by the glass, but an admission charge will apply.
Be sure to have a designated driver available if you do some wine tasting, as we can't afford a fine!