I ain’t afraid of no ghosts

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Australian Paranormal Society
It is time to don your overalls, stuff your Walkman full of some pumpin’ Ray Parker Jr tunes, and ensure your proton streams don’t cross. Why? Because there are ghosts to be found at the Eastern Station Hotel!

The Australian Paranormal Society will be holding an overnight investigation at Australia’s most haunted hotel. You will get to experience what it’s like to be involved in a paranormal investigation, use the equipment and learn about the field from some very experienced investigators.

I can’t say that I really believe in ghosts, but I do believe that at the very least you will find spirits behind the bar!

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Ballarat By The Glass

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Ballarat WineI write this while a cheeky glass of Mitchell Harris’ Rosé seductively beckons me with its potent plop of oak and strawberry. Conjured from plump local Pyrenees fruit, it’s a perfect drop to celebrate the end of another long BallaFornian winter, and is a stupendous  introduction to the glorious nectar that drips from the heavenly vines around here.

I’m happy to report that it won’t be the only locally-crafted glass of yum that I will be enjoying responsibly this month, because during November BallaForninan restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars will be putting on a spread of the finest Ballarat wines and food.

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The Music Bar

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The Main BarWe at BallFornia.com are big fans of the Main Bar on 28 Main Road. Delectable wood oven pizza and cold beer, in a hip little building – what’s not to like?

However, we often opined that all the Main Bar needed was an alfresco deck, two new bars, and live music to make it as close to perfect as possible. Well, bestill my pizza-lovin’, beer swillin’ heart, because those mad wishes will be conjured into reality and revealed when the revamped bar reopens on October 31st.

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Camperdown Cruise Rockabilly Weekender

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Camperdown Cruise Rockabilly Weekender
If Rockabilly music, vintage-inspired lasses, quiffed lads, Hot Rods, tattoos and Burlesque are your cup of Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum, well, my fellow BallaFornians, the Camperdown Cruise Rockabilly Weekender is for you.

The Festival is a 3 day long Rockabilly celebration, held along the historic, tree-lined main street of Camperdown (just a short cruise from the BallaFornian shores).

2013 attractions include:

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Comedy Gold

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Frank Woodley
The coming weeks will be funnier than dozens of confetti-chucking clowns crammed in a Nissan Micra… actually, clowns aren’t funny, they are terrifying…

Anyhoo, BallaFornians put your shovels down, because you’ve struck gold! Comedy gold. On Saturday October 26th, The Goldfields Comedy Gala will bring together a line-up of some of the brightest and most hilarious comedy stars from Australia and beyond, live at the Regent Cinemas.

Who? You ask. Well, slap your spring-loaded novelty eyeballs on these comedy nuggets:

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Wolveschildren Halloween Art Show

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zombie ballafornia
The good ghouls at Wolveschildren Art Space are calling for your most terrifying (in subject, not quality) art submissions to add to their inaugural Annual Halloween Group Show! Submissions close Oct 25, so hurry before the crypt door closes. 81a Humffray St North.

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Life is a BallaFornian Cabaret Ol’ Chum

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Ballarat Cabaret
Get your best frock out of mothballs, because the glittery madness of the second annual Ballarat Cabaret Festival is landing on our sunny BallaFornian shores!

It all starts with tonight’s sold-out Gala Opening. Hosted by the fabulous Geraldine Quinn, the Gala will feature performances from Antionette Haloran, Bradley Mc Caw, Amelia Ryan, Amie Brûlee, burlesque beauty Goldie White and a few surprises. Not lucky enough to get a ticket? Fear not, you can head over to the Piano Bar at The George tonight from 10PM. Free Entry!

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BallaFornian Mascot and Call for Fascinating Folks

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BallaFornian Man
BallaFornia’s scribes will soon be digging for human gold, as they search for Ballarat’s most fascinating folk.

We will be talking to artists, musicians, dancers, tattooists, owners of interesting businesses, scientists, educators – anybody that makes Ballarat and surrounding areas Balla-rilliant … OK, we need to workshop that adjective a bit more.

If you know of anybody we should interview, please get in contact.

Meanwhile, we whipped up this handsome, gold-diggin’ dandy, and are thinking of using him as our mascot. What should we name him?

BallaFornian Garage Sale Trail

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If you are anything like me, you don’t want to only covet your neighbour’s unwanted crap, you want to shine it up and make it all sparkly again!

Well, get ready to turn someone else’s stinking old trash into your own gleaming pile of treasure with the Garage Sale Trail, which is happening in BallaFornia on 26 October.

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