Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Front Page - Karen Hunt

AS tem­per­a­tures plunge, West­ern Aus­tralia’s Win­ter Cap­i­tal is warm­ing up for three months of fes­tiv­i­ties that of­fi­cially be­gin on Satur­day.

Bridgetown’s trade­mark blue lights will be switched on from 5pm on June 3 in the town cen­tre to mark the be­gin­ning of the Bridgetown in the Win­ter fes­ti­val.

Re­tail­ers will stay open for late night shop­ping and mulled wine, a win­ter favourite, will be served from the shire kiosk on Hamp­ton Street as part of Satur­day’s fes­tiv­i­ties.

A packed pro­gram of events is on of­fer over win­ter with com­mu­nity groups and lo­cal busi­nesses fea­tur­ing lo­cal food and bev­er­ages, art, mu­sic and more.

June high­lights in­clude the open­ing of the Archies ex­hi­bi­tion, the South West Open Chess Cham­pi­onships and the first of sev­eral Christ­mas-themed din­ners.

July of­fers the Sun­ny­side Sprint for wa­ter sports en­thu­si­asts, the an­nual win­ter craft fair and the Words in the Val­ley lit­er­ary fes­ti­val plus the Blake in the Black­wood Po­etry prize.

A Green­bushes weekend fea­tures in Au­gust along with art at Don­nelly River, the Taste of the Black­wood food fes­ti­val and the Ban­quet on the Bridge long ta­ble lunch.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.bridgetown­inthewin­ or pick up a printed brochure in town from se­lected re­tail out­lets.

Picture: Karen Hunt

Bert Van Der Riet, of Min­darie, en­joys spicy mulled wine for the first time on Fri­day at Emporium Bistro with Bridgetown friend Me­gan But­ler ahead of the Win­ter Fes­ti­val.

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