Event Reports

Read about some of our past events here, either to relive the moment or to see what you missed! 
  • 15 May 2011 5:51 AM | Deleted user
    There was a good turn out for the Pop Heads music trivia night at the Erko on the 3rd of May. The musical eras covered by the trivia were from the 50's through to the 80's.
    The competition was pretty stiff, however our group came a very respectable 2nd last... The prizes included some classic albums on vinyl and the entire Rod Stewart back catalogue that was divided up by the team based on the hilarity of the cover art :)

    A fun & entertaining night was had by all...
  • 02 May 2011 7:44 AM | Deleted user
    On April 16th the club members met at the Kolbeh Persian restaurant in Cremorne for  a night of Persian delights – ( food and Belly Dancing).

    One couldn’t help noticing that 95% of the patrons were indeed Persians and dressed to the hilt. The food courses kept coming and coming, ending with a yoghurt style desert complete in its individual plastic tub. somewhat novel.
    The belly dancing eventually started and Isobel and Kim were in turn escorted onto the dance floor for very credible performances a good time was had by all.
    - Garth Byrne
  • 18 Aug 2010 9:35 PM | Anonymous member
    After a scenic drive to the Penrith Ice Palace, club members were treated to (to quote the immortal words of Stompin Tom) the good old hockey game.  It may not be NHL caliber, but there is some definite hockey talent on the Sydney Bears team. With some swift passes, quick feet and an intense offensive line, the Bears walloped the defenseless Canberra Knights 10 to 0.

    To give Canberra some credit, they only had a team of 12 (to the Bears 22) and their goalie did his best to try to fend off the stellar Bear’s shots.

    I would like to give a big thank you to Brett Nelson Bond from the Sydney Bears for the generous donation of 4 complimentary tickets to the game. I would also like to thank Doug Wilson and Jules Buchanan from Hockey Night in Sydney for promoting the event with their crew. Between both groups 14 of us turned up to support the Bears. Play off-season starts in September, and as the Bears are ranked 3rd (out of 7) in the Australian Ice Hockey League, I’m sure the club will make another treck out west to cheer them on to the finals.

  • 18 Aug 2010 9:33 PM | Anonymous member
    What better place to catch a movie then with the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge as a backdrop. So the club was off to the Dendy-Opera Quays to catch a great movie at the Sydney Canadian Film Festival.  With a great turn out of 23 people (and everyone showed up….yay!) we were treated to both an animation and a cross country documentary.

    First we were treated to Higglety Pigglety Pop! an animation voiced by Meryl Streep and Forest Whitaker. Though a bit abstract in concept, it was a very funny take on a dog’s view of how to gain “experience” in a Mother Goose world.

    The feature film “Finding Farley”  tracked one family on their quest to follow the literary footsteps of Canadian author Farley Mowat (Never Cry Wolf, A Whale for the Killing). Their 5000 km trip including trekking, sailing, and canoeing  with 2 adults, a 2 year old and the indomitable family dog.  This movie touched on some of the move remote and beautiful areas of Saskatchewan, Northern Manitoba, and Newfoundland and I think most of us were impressed with the family’s dedication to pursue the journey in spite of the mosquitoes, black flies and turbulent sailing weather.

    Group conscience….4 out of 5 stars!

    I highly recommend that everyone gets out to see at least one movie at next year’s festival. Not only are there free drinks at some movies, but it’s so important to support the Canadian and Australian independent film industry.  Congratulations to all the volunteers and organizers of the festival, it was another successful year and we look forward to what you will bring us next year!

  • 12 Jun 2010 10:30 AM | Deleted user

    I tried to keep this wine night on concept for wine glut and global economic meltdown, but a few other modern issues got included along the way. 

    As far as the food went, the emphasis was on globalization as this is a worldwide problem, and in particular the countries that have featured one way or another in the recent downturn: there was Greek salad, of course, Indian pappadums, and even Middle Eastern cous cous where I got a bit naughty and mixed in some Danish feta! China was represented by a BBQ duck, also as a bit of a good luck charm: in Vietnam eating duck turns your luck around, so only eat it if you are having bad luck. We all ate duck for the world economy: things should be getting better now.

    By the way, eating dog is believed in Vietnam to make your business grow, but uhm, let’s not. We had a dog in attendance at the wine night and we will have to consider that enough.  

    Of course there was the ubiquitous crackers and cheese, olives and cocktail quiches.  What’s a wine night without that!  And in light of the airline furore in Europe, I couldn’t resist serving a goat cheese with a bit of ash on it!  We had some sheep cheese too – for the lactose intolerant! 

    Dedicated to the victims of the Gulf of Mexico fubar, we had Deepwater Horizon Cajun Shrimp: they were a bit oily!

    I chanced on a recipe on the internet (as you do) for a pie created to express the emotion of shadenfreude, which is the feeling of joy at another’s misfortune.  It is a really overwhelming, dark, bittersweet pie that is best served in very small portions. As the Australian wine industry is struggling with the wine glut at the moment, with many really good wines are being sold off cheap as cleanskins, the wine theme of the night, we experienced shadenfreude at the wine industry’s misfortune, and enjoyed the pie!

    Rocky Road (ahead) finished the evening!

    The wine? Oh yes, the wine. Normally at these events we go around with each bottle in turn and everyone tries the wines at the same time. For something new we had all the whites opened first and everyone could try what they wanted, then we had a break and some supper and hit the reds in the same manner.  I tried to keep some order by numbering the bottles and we had a vote at the end as to which was the tastiest. Best of Cleanskins White was: # and Red: #.  Only one entry in the Sparkling category, but two couples brought # and it was very popular.

    I’m looking forward to attending the next wine night. Who’s up for hosting it?


  • 05 Mar 2010 11:22 PM | Deleted user

    It must have been the rain in Sydney.  It took us 45 min to get through the LCT to the city.  I still don't know where the hold-up was.  Still tonight was a great night with seven people and our baby, Grace, turning up.  Grace was all decked out in her club t-shirt.

    Sadly only one person made the effort of dressing in green, so this makes an easy winner.

    Support the club by making your presence felt and do it in person.  See you next month.

  • 02 Mar 2010 9:21 PM | Anonymous member
    After a brief trip to the sub continent, I thought I should share my favourite Indian restaurant with the rest of the Club.  Maya da Dhaba is known for it’s great goat and vegetarian curries, and this night was no exception. We had a great turn out and everyone enjoyed an authentic Indian experience. The set banquet menu provided a taste of everything and plenty of food. I was a bit nervous hosting for the first time, but I managed to meet some great club members as well as eat some great food.  Thank you to all who turned out to make this such a successful event!
  • 01 Mar 2010 9:37 PM | Anonymous member
    It was another beautiful, sunny, Sydney morning when 15 pancake hungry CAC members and friends headed to the Pancake On The Rocks for a lovely brunch.  Who knew there were so many different choices - banana pancakes, chocolate pancakes, pancake pizza, the list goes on and on....  We all, of course, ordered pancakes!  They were light, fluffy and smothered in butter and maple syrup - yummy!! 

    After a lovely brunch we headed to the historical markets in the Rocks and toured the stalls.  It was one of the hottest days in Sydney, but that did not deter us, or fellow shoppers :-)  Our dear friend Frank Yong joined us for the day before heading back to Toronto and he found some great gifts to take home with him.   To cap off the day we enjoyed some cold drinks at a local pub.  Another lovely get together!

  • 31 Jan 2010 7:58 PM | Anonymous member
    A few more highlights from the day! Thanks to all for a fabulous experience.
    And here's a link to the photos used in the slideshow http://www.flickr.com/photos/28441501@N08/
  • 30 Jan 2010 11:24 AM | Chris Betcher

    Yesterday about 30 club members had a fabulous day sailing on the beautiful Pittwater. leaving from Gibson Marina around 9:30am, sailing to Refuge Bay for lunch and a swim, before returning back to the marina around 6:00pm.

    Extra special thanks should go to Captain Chris W and all his helpers for organising this excellent day! 

    Here's a short video of what we did... if it's ever offered again, don't miss out!
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