• Liam Carroll

Peninsula Wash Up: Issue 4, April 2021

Calling All Scribblers!

Northern Beaches local, Julie Howard, has the 'write' idea. She calls it Spill the Beans. Every couple of months the Beans team pose a short writing challenge on their website. All you have to do is write a paragraph or two on the selected theme, send it off and see your story published on the website. So, if you want to write but never have enough time visit spillthebeans.net.au The March challenge was, 'What conversation would you have with your younger self?' Check out the website, see what people wrote. And watch out for their next challenge in May.

Bucketty’s Brewery Chainsaw Opening

Curl Curl’s Nick McDonald has had one life-long dream, to have a pub. With wife and son by his side, that dream became reality with a ceremonial “Chain-sawing of the Branch” at the official opening. Mayor Regan did the honours, tearing through the timber almost as heartily as a thirsty local through a Bucketty’s Lager. The Tawny has previously remarked on the startling advancement of Brookvale to a booze Mecca, and Nick’s pub is a perfect addition. The entire bar has been made by hand, using timber milled from the Bucketty’s region of the Hunter, as well as timbers salvaged from a burned down bridge in the January fires. Beer is brewed on site, and other local brewer’s drops are on tap. Nick’s passion of music and old-school arcade games is clear with a 111year old piano occupying a dedicated elevated music stage, while a pristine, stand-up Street Fighter calls out from the corner for you to relive epic childhood battles.


Manly Markets Still Alive and Kicking

Thanks to Covid and various cracks through which stallholders fall without any government assistance, the last 12 months have done their best to exterminate the magic of the local weekend community market where everyone can hang, meet friends, pick up a unique handcrafted gift or impulse buy for the home or wardrobe. And just as things looked set to turn around, the pre-Christmas lockdown, as well as a horror run of summer weather, pushed many stallholders to the brink. Now, without needing Ned Stark’s advice, Winter is coming, so Autumn really is a crucial season for everyone to get down to their local markets, enjoy the fresh air, load up on all variety of products and soak up the radiant, smiling faces of stallholders who’ve proved resilient beyond all imaginable hardships.


The Next Wave Photo Exhibition

Congratulations to photographer Ben Symons on his first ever solo exhibition at North Curl Curl’s Creative Space. The Next Wave exhibition captured 14 talented local surfers, dancers, skaters, riders and athletes, in action. Ben’s aim was to showcase activities kids can do that keep them happy, healthy and off their screens, and his shots did that and much more. The event also teamed up with Avalon-based charity One Eighty to raise funds towards youth suicide prevention, creating a set of postcards to sell alongside the limited-edition prints, with messages of inspiration and connection to keep kids engaged and enthused.


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