Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Vintage Day on 18 September

If you’re a huge lover of the 50’s and maybe a super fan of collectables, then the annual Campbelltown Vintage Fifties Fair is absolutely the event to mark in your calendar. There are hundreds of stalls selling memorabilia from parasols to old style dial phones (remember those with the spiral cord that needed unraveling every 20 minutes?), to jewellery and antiques.

Keeping the entertainment underway, there will be dance demonstrations and a fabulous fashion parade. From 9.30am to 3.30pm, grab your lace gloves, shawls, hats and those fantastic flowery frocks. If you come dressed in 1940’s or 50’s attire, you can win a best dressed prize.

Maybe you’re into porcelain doll collecting, or vintage music (consider Elvis or Buddy Holly vinyls) or looking to buy some furniture for the home. Possibly an old style kettle, teapot or even way-back compact mirrors? The traders selling at this event are renowned for bringing out their best finds for you to purchase. Seventy years ago it’d have been unheard of for women to try haggle prices with traders but now you can show off your well deserved feminism bargaining skills. Crunch down the price on that hairbrush, break down the cost of that stunning hat and negotiate your way into a low bargain side table.

The more glam you are, the more visually fun the event will be so go all out on the fashionista wardrobe. This fair is a complete eye opener if you’ve never been part of such an era. Not only will a large percentage be decked out to the 50’s nines but take a look at how the fashion models walk, grace us with their presence and glide across the runway. It’s nothing like you see today. There is a different set of style, pzazz and serious glamour in their demeanor and it’s wonderful to watch.

The fair is taking place at The Cube, Campbelltown Catholic Club at Camden Road and it’s about an hour’s drive east from Cremorne Point. Many of the stall traders can ship larger items to your home (note: TBC on international shipping but we’re sure you can work a price out) so if you see a glorious TV or WOW factor radio, imagine returning home from your trip and the memorabilia is patiently waiting for you. Most electronics and appliances should be in working order so it’s not just a case of pretty viewing. That radio could pick up some serious signals and how about watching Netflix on your 50’s style television?

Remember to tweet Cremorne Point Manor while you’re there and send us pics of your purchases so we can retweet and post on our Facebook page. We’re massive fans of old school, which is apt since we’re one of Sydney’s oldest hotels. Now that’s vintage…and then some. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Going underground (going underground)…Film Festival

If you're a movie buff and are in Sydney from 15-18 September, make a date to grab your popcorn for the Sydney Underground Film Festival. From indie, unique, film noir, black comedy and pure creativity, the program line up will provide mind bending movies. Alongside the films are sessions including live guests, Q&A's, the obviously hyped opening and closing parties, special events and bringing together fabulous non-blockbusters in big screen unity.

Taking place at the Factory Theater, Marrickville, tickets are now on sale form $16 for individual movies, to $53 for the opening night extravaganza, bulk films at $47, closing night and select day tickets...alongside concession prices. You can also pay $16 for a master class program, or screenwriting class at $26.

The master class takes place on the Saturday and Sunday, hosted by Sydney Film School. This is the second annual class event of its type and will give you the tools to guide you towards that (one day) Oscar nod. There are various session classes including screenwriting with Gordy Hoffman, a conceptualization technique class, DIY film making, and drone cinematography. The two days are jam packed so bring your tablet and get ready to make notes. maybe you'll start building up that inner Cohen brothers script? It's also a great way to network with novice and experienced film makers and hey, you may end up partnering with a few. By the time 2017 rolls around, that treatment may be ready for submitting to major studios!

Starting with the opening movie 'Wiener-Dog' at 6.00 pm on the 15th, Todd Solondz brings back the beloved character Dawn Wiener, a geeky kid from the Welcome to Dollhouse film. If you're a fan of canines and observational humor, then this is a movie you've got to see.

With nearly 60 films playing, and John Waters closing flick 'Multiple maniacs,' its a series of original and artistic line ups, back to back. Most movies are around 90 minutes but the marathon Saturday 'seriously, buy the supersized popcorn' schedule includes Snow Monkey, lasting a walloping 148 minutes. The movies on this all-day-and-nighter kick off at 9.30 am and the curtain closes at around 11.30 pm, give or take standing ovation time.

It'll take you an hour by public transport from the festival to Cremorne Point but the scenic ferry ride over the Harbour will absolutely be worth it. And if you want to see a short film (1.30 minutes) we put together, check this link to our stunning Five Star Cremorne Point Manor Penthouse. And the award for best cinematographer goes to...

Monday, August 15, 2016

Sydney’s Complimentary Goods Line – Walk the Walk

If you’ve ever walked along New York’s High Line, and played around with the Lego field, or sneaked a peek through apartment windows (guilty as charged), then the Sydney Goods Line is going to absolutely be your cup of tea.

Offering day celebration near towards mid month, the award winning urban planning team is inviting you to wow over the stunning Goods Line path. Connecting Central and Railway Square with Darling Harbour, the Line has proven to be so much more than a strolling A to B scenic trot or daily commute to work.

From 9am – 4pm on the 11th, there will be music, entertainment, educational talks, demonstrations, fitness (no yoga mat or TRX suspensions needed) and games galore.  The Line opened in 2015 and has bought in hundreds of thousands of visitors weekly to adore the views. On the big day, cheer on table tennis competitions, build a cardboard city, caffeine yourself to the hilt with coffee tastings and learn about educational tours. You can design your ideal city (ours would be Willy Wonka themed, just so you know), thrive off botanical tours and grab food from the Powerhouse Museum’s Junction CafĂ© or snack on street (truck) food.

As part of the Sydney Design Festival 2016, if you’ve never strolled along the Line in either NYC or Sydney, this is a day to mark in your calendar. It’s free, it’s going to be fabulous and it’ll get those leg muscles into gear. Remember to #sdf16 when you’re tweeting @syddes during the day. And take pics to tweet us at Cremorne Point Manor so we can RT out in support!

Only 14 minutes by car or 45 minutes with buses and a gorgeous ferry ride across the Harbour, you’ll be right back at Cremorne Point and our Manor. Stop off at Circular Quay during the trip and walk around the Opera House. If you have no fear of heights, you’ve got to take the Bridge climb.

Since you’ll still be in high gear, the next day check out Wendy Whiteleys Secret Gardens, take a dip in the famous Maccallum Pool or spend a brilliant one hour walk to our sister hotel, Glenferrie Lodge, in achingly hip Kirribilli. It’s located on the same street as the Prime Minister’s residence and near Admiralty House.

Isn’t it obvious that this blog post’s theme is all about the adrenaline rush or one foot in front of the other and increasing your stamina? Don’t thank us…thank Goods Line for their generous freebie gesture!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Wine, Dine and Speed Meet in September

We found a really unique event and its ideal for anyone who likes to eat! It’s a Sydney Wine-Dine speed event, and doesn’t focus so much on dating but hey – you never know what can happen by the time dessert schleps itself out the fridge. Get ready for the 3rd September where ‘girls are hosting’ and ‘guys are roaming’ for this dinner soiree. It’s a date you seriously don’t want to miss.

Here’s the scoop: you’re a local wanting to meet new people, or travelling to Sydney and interested in seeing how the other half live…or are a nosey parker and love to check out other people’s culinary skills. Then this is the event for you! Each group of three friends (3 guys, 3 gals etc) sign up for $50 each on the site. On the 3rd September, three gals will host a three course meal. Three guys will show up for the 1st course, then potter off to the next three females home for the main course and finally skedaddle to the last three girls home for dessert. While they’re doing this, the gals in the first home that just served the testosterone infused appetizers will now be hosting another three guys for the main course, and a final three guys for dessert. The gals make the food, the guys bring the wine or spirits, the resident dog gets to eat the leftovers and the resident cat stares in judgment. Everyone’s a winner.
The organizers plan the dinner courses by geographical location so guys aren’t traipsing one hour across town with a stomach still ready to be filled. The homes for each courses is around 15 minutes apart – we’re not sure if that’s by walking, car or Dreamliner.

What may transpire is that a guy and gal are interested in each other during the first course, but now she’s entertaining (with her two BFF’s) the next round of food guests. So how can they reunite afterwards? Or maybe he meets someone else at dessert. The mind boggles on how this event can make new relationships and cause heart racing adrenaline. But with the organizers have come to the rescue: the after party is at Donny’s (Manly area) so all foodies can reunite and continue with the banter.

How about you’re venturing into a new career path and hey-ho, one of the gals hosting is CEO of a fantastic software company you’d love to work at? These dinners could be game changers – in knowing more about your fellow locals, budding romances and introducing newcomers to the city.

Remember to tweet Wine-Dine and Cremorne Point Manor how the evening’s taking you. And since the 3rd September falls on a Saturday, how about pampering yourselves after the shin dig with an overnight staycay at our Manor, only 20 minutes from Manly. The bonus ball: We’ll be doing the cooking for breakfast so make sure you book through our website for guaranteed, glorious morning nosh!