Merry Christmas. That is not a typo. Apparently, November in NYC is all about Christmas. I’m accustomed to things happening fast in this city, but nothing quite as fast as the change-over of holiday merchandise in my local Duane Reade. I was late to get trick or treating lollies last Saturday so I ventured out around 4.00PM, just in time for all the Elsas and Batmans and Darth Vaders to knock on my door. There was not a pumpkin-spiced-milky-way or candy-corn-inspired M&M in sight. Instead, candy canes and marshmallow Santas lined the shelves, and I was forced to hand out peppermint Christmas joy to the confused revelers…
November does bring Thanksgiving, gloriously crisp days, and oodles of excuses to get off the sofa and out the door (before we really need to buckle down the doona). So check out AWNY’s great list of November events and pop a few in your diary (curated by the AWNY Communications Team).
TONIGHT! Frock up and celebrate the Melbourne Cup with AAA at The Liberty NYC on Monday November 2nd, from 8.00PM. An event for the cup is also taking place at The Australian NYC (extended happy hour ‘til 10.00PM).
Join the AWNY Committee for morning tea on Thursday November 5th at 10.30AM. The event will be held at the Australian Consulate (150 East 42nd Street, 34th floor) and will be a great opportunity to meet your AWNY Committee and new Australian friends.
The Bank of America Markets at Bryant Park opened on October 21st, so the month of November is a great time to gather some unique gifts to send home in time for Christmas. The markets are open from 8.00AM-10:00PM Sun-Thurs, and til midnight on Fri and Sat.
Big Apple Film Festival (BAFF) is on from November 4th – 7th. Dedicated to showcasing and promoting the best quality films from NYC’s independent film community, the festival is ‘one of the top 25 film festivals worth the money’ according to Movie Maker mag. Tickets can be found here. Australian producer Virginia Lloyd’s film ‘Invisible Ink’ will be shown on November 6th.
‘The Emotional Transition of Moving to New York’, an experiential AWNY event will be held on Monday November 9th, from 6.30PM, at the Australian Consulate (150 East 42nd Street, 34th Floor). Tickets can be purchased here.
AWNY member Ali Kennedy Scott is performing her solo play ‘The Day the Sky Turned Black’ on Thursday November 12th as part of the United Solo Theater Festival. The production, both written and performed by Ali, tells the story of five characters as they rebuild their lives post the Victorian Black Saturday bushfires.
The Women in Fashion and Film festival is on from November 12th – 14th, bringing together members of the fashion, entertainment and media industries to celebrate the professional and creative development of women and to empower women through the arts. The festival is screening fashion, experimental, and short films. Find tix here.
AWNY Member and GPS Girl Karen Jacobsen is performing a Christmas concert on Tuesday November 17th at 7.00PM at The Triad New York (with an additional performance is being held on Tuesday December 1st).
Also on Tuesday November 17th is the opening of the exhibition ‘Supranational’, from the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Center, a pristine Aboriginal community in north-eastern Arnhem Land, Australia. The event is free but you must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. The exhibition runs until January 29th.
The NYC Autumn Wine Festival will be held in the Broad Street Ballroom on Saturday November 21st. Ok the tickets are a little steep at $99 but they are showcasing over 175 wines (including wines from Australia and New Zealand), you get a three hour slot to sample as many as you can, and there’s delicious artisan foods.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade runs from 9.00AM on Thursday November 26th starting at Central Park West and travelling down Sixth Avenue to 34th Street. It’s a great spectacle if you have out of town visitors, and all ages will enjoy it. Free event.
I hope to see many of you at the AWNY Morning Tea on Thursday November 4th.
Joanna, AWNY Communications Lead