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Christmas in July celebrations draw big crowds in Mountains


ou know ‘Christmas in July’ is in the air when Rick Rutherford’s Country (RRC) opens its doors to the largest Yulefest celebrations in Australia. Over the years, the Yulefest observations of Rick Rutherford’s Country, at its heritage parent gallery in Lawson, have become a celebrated feature of the Blue Mountains’ winter calendar. The event launch alone on Saturday, June 30 will draw nearly 300 invited guests. This year’s Yulefest is one of the largest ‘Christmas in July’ celebrations ever and runs from Sunday, July 1 all the way through to Sunday, July 29. The theme for 2012 is ‘A Winter White Christmas’ with glistening white trees twinkling with fairy lights and glass baubles arrayed throughout the rooms.

There’s also a selection of traditional green fir trees, all decked to the nines, plus the widest range of exclusive Christmas treasures on shelves in every room. There’s pretty Victorian and English style decorations, others Folksy and Retro. There are Santas and nativities, figurines, snowmen and so much more. The 2012 Rick Rutherford’s Country Yulefest is the perfect school holiday destination and entry is free. Venture along to the Lawson gallery and experience firsthand the magic of a winter Christmas. The RRC Leura concept store (next to the Lolly Store) is also decked out in festive finery for the season and is open seven days a week. Rick Rutherford’s Country is located in ‘Badger House’, 3 Badgery Crescent, Lawson. For more information call 4759 3434.


Henry Lawson Theatre’s unique take on a classic theatre piece



brand new theatre production based on the 1979 play by Ernest Thompson, titled ‘On Golden Pond’, will be on show at the Henry Lawson Theatre. Ethel and Norman Thayer have returned to Golden Pond for the 48th year. Norman, a retired Professor with heart trouble and a failing memory, is still observant and eager for life even at the ripe old age of 80. Ethel, 10 years younger, delights in the small things that have enriched their lives and is perfect foil for Norman. Their estranged, divorced, middle-aged daughter, Chelsea, and her new fiancé visits them. When Chelsea and her partner depart for Europe, leaving the fiancé’s son behind, Norman and Ethel are left to look after him.

He quickly becomes the grandchild they have long yearned for, and in them he finds the family he always wanted. Through each other they learn important life lessons, a young future is saved and the family begin to reconcile past differences. In the final moments of the play, both Ethel and Norman realise that time is now against them, and they will make every moment count. Perhaps there is one last summer to be had at Golden Pond. ‘On Golden Pond’ premieres at the Henry Lawson Theatre, Werrington on Friday, June 29 at 8pm. It will be followed by performances on June 30, July 6, 7, 8, 13 and 15. Tickets are $21 for adults and $15 for concessions. To book or for more information call 4729 1555.

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