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We have so much to share with our visitors, so we’ve created an online journal for all our stories. Keep checking back in to hear all about the place, the people and the experiences that we live and you will love.

CUMMINS CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND NEWS

October 29, 2020 • By The Cummins Christmas Wonderland Committee

It is with much excitement and anticipation that the Wonderland Committee announce that this year’ s Wonderland WILL GO AHEAD.

Very careful consideration was given to our COVID plan, and it was decided that it could be managed.

Normal restrictions will need to be observed, being having 100 maximum visitors in the institute, hand sanitiser and 1.5 m distancing. We will also use COVID marshals and contact tracing sheets, and surfaces will be wiped over regularly by volunteers. As every one is looking forward to visiting the Wonderland we know that visitors will comply with these rules.

To have some level of crowd control the committee has decided to use an easy online booking system (See instructions on the picture.) This will ensure that visitors will have the surety of admission at their preferred time, on their preferred day, and avoid the possibility of having to wait if the hall has reached capacity.

Allotted visit times will be one hour.

Opening date will again be on Dec 1st but closing date has been changed to 28th Dec. Christmas Day open from 2 to 5 pm.

Santa will attend from Sat 12th to Thurs 24th Dec from 10am to 12 noon.

Large groups, schools and organisations must book online.

Entry is a very much appreciated gold coin donation. This is our only form of income to enable us to offer you this unique Christmas experience.

Click here to book.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

Stay safe Cummins!

March 24, 2020 • By the Cummins & District Tourism Committee

The impact of COVID-19 has, unfortunately, reached our town; however, during these trying times it is important to remain calm, and remind yourself of our community’s can-do attitude. This is why we’ve compiled a list of how some of the local businesses are adapting to the current situation and how they can help you, whether you’re in isolation or not.

To help everyone keep a safe social distance, the Cummins Hotel has created pick-up zones, where patrons can safely get their meals and beverages without even leaving their cars. The bottleshop drive-thru is also open, so no need to panic about missing out on your favourite drinks.

Five Loaves Bakery is also offering a pick-up service or, if you’re in isolation in town, a delivery service to your front verandah is also available.

If you’re running low on groceries, don’t panic! Cummins IGA is making sure all locals are well looked after and it’s working hard to ensure shelves are continuously restocked, just remember to sanitise your hands as you walk in, and follow their safety practices.

Cummins Meat Store is also working hard to guarantee our town’s meat supply is steady, and we cannot be thankful enough!

If you’re a farmer currently under isolation and need some stockfeed, or if you’re just an avid baker who’s run out of supplies and can’t get to the store, just give Cummins Milling a ring, and they can help out and even deliver.

If you need farm supplies such as chemicals, call Landmark, Elders or Crop Smart, who will supply what you need, all the while following the appropriate safety procedures. For all your other agriculture needs, check out Lincoln Rural, who are also open to the farmers and community, and are providing a drive-thru service for your convenience.

Thinking about catching up on your reading? Not a problem, just call the Cummins School Community Library, or place books on hold online, and they will arrange a pick-up time at a designated collection point.

Of course, these are just a few examples of how we’re all, as a community, trying to stop the rapid spread of the virus, so remember to wash your hands, keep a safe distance from others, if possible stay home, and if you’re showing symptoms or been in contact with an infected person, contact Lower Eyre Family Practice for further advice.

MUM’S THE WORD

May 7, 2019 • By the Cummins & District Tourism Committee

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and to help you plan a surprise for that special person in your life, we’ve compiled a list of everything you can find in Cummins to make her day extra special:

Spoil her with beauty!

Make the joy of Mother’s Day last with a flower bouquet. Visit Cummins Thrifty Link Hardware and you will find gorgeous blooms just for her. If you happen to have forgotten, don’t panic, Cummins IGA is open on Sundays, and they too offer a fantastic flower selection.

Start the celebrations early!

Who says you can’t surprise her in advance? Just call in to Five Loaves Bakery on May 9th, and spoil her with a mini high-tea. It includes tea, coffee, and a selection of sweet and savoury treats, and for a little extra they can also add a glass of bubbles, a great way to jazz up your afternoon! Bookings are essential, so check out their Facebook page to make a reservation.

Make her look and feel amazing!

Pop in to the Cummins Pharmacy and you will find an outstanding range of giftware for that special woman in your life, from perfumes to jewellery to bags and everything else to make her feel amazing, inside and out.

Glamour Me Pink, Platinum Hair FX, and Dina Randall’s Shades of Nails are also offering vouchers for Mother’s Day, so there’s no excuse for you not to make her feel loved.

Nourish her!

On May 10th, Korinya Farm Gate will be hosting a Nourishing Cooking Skills Workshop, a perfect way to spend time with mum. Pick up seasonal herbs and veggies straight out of Korinya’s garden, and learn how to prepare a variety of nutrient dense foods. The best part? You get to take home your prepared meals.

Surprise her with breakfast!

Take her for a drive on Sunday morning, and make sure to stop by the Cummins Hotel, where a Mother’s Day Brunch will take place from 9:30am. Indulge in some delicious options, and don’t worry about the dishes, win-win for everyone.

Bonus: Celebrations don’t just stop there!

On May 14th, the Mothers Encouragement Group (M.E.G) will also be hosting a Mother’s Day High Tea, so bring your grandma or significant lady in your life, and celebrate with other mums. You can read more about this group here, or you can RSVP here.

Make those special people feel loved this Mother’s Day right here in Cummins, South Australia, and don’t forget to share your Mother’s Day adventures with us using #explorecummins.

THIS MONTH ON THE CUMMINS CONNECTION

May 1, 2019 • By the Cummins & District Tourism Committee

A pinch and a punch, it’s the first of the month! And that means a new issue of the Cummins Connection!

The Cummins OP Shop well-deservedly took the cover spot this time, which is no wonder, as we’ve heard from recent visitors that it is “the best Op Shop in the EP.” They’re always looking for donations and new members, so if you were thinking about joining this fantastic committee, now is the time, and you will find the membership form inside the Connection.

You will also find a myriad of local events and other community notices, so if you’d like to read about everything that’s happening in Cummins this month, you can download the Cummins Connection here.

May you have a great reading!

 

 

WHAT’S ON (APRIL 12TH – 14TH)

April 11, 2019 • By The Cummins & District Tourism Committee

It’s almost the weekend and it’s a busy one in the Lower EP with amazingly good vibes all around!

Start your Friday by visiting the neighbouring Tumby Bay, only 41kms away, as the coastal town will be hosting their annual Colour Tumby Street Art Festival, which spans across the weekend. Watch art come to life right before your eyes with live painting all day every day, plus foreshore movies, adult silent disco, and a myriad of events for children and adults alike. To see the whole program, check out Colour Tumby Street Art on Facebook.

In the afternoon, treat yourself to some pampering at Platinum Hair FX in Cummins, as the brand-new business will be hosting opening celebrations starting at 4pm. Get to know all their services while relaxing with drinks and nibbles, and don’t miss your chance to win gift packs and vouchers with their free raffle! For more info click here.

On Saturday, pick your tunes and rock your socks off! Enjoy live music all around with Tumby Bay having Melbourne band Kingswood playing at the Soldiers Memorial Hall; while the Cummins Hotel will be singing along to the sounds of Tim Richards, on what would be his 6th SA show for his current Australian Tour.

Finally, on Sunday, grab a bargain! Come to the Cummins Showgrounds and see what treasures you can find at The Big Clearing and Sundry Auction. The local nurses will also be there cooking up a storm so you don’t run out of energy while bidding, and all funds from the day will be donated towards local health services.

So, whether you want to explore art, beauty, music, or great finds, the choice is yours, and it can all start right here in Cummins, so base yourself in our town and don’t forget to share your adventures with us using #explorecummins .

Enjoy!

 

And the winners are…

April 2, 2019 • By The Cummins Community Hall Committee

The Cummins Community Hall Committee would like to congratulate all those who entered the Saucy Saturday competition, and special gratitude goes to the sponsors who donated to this fundraising event for the Cummins Community Hall: The Cummins District Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank, Cummins Op Shop, Cummins Community Hotel and Cummins IGA.

Massive THANK YOU to Mighty Red Sponsors  5 Loaves Bakery – Michael and Katie Agnew – and TJ & SK Guppy Painters – Trevor and Sandy Guppy – whose generous sponsorship allowed the Cummins Hall committee to book internationally renowned presenter and author, Rebecca Sullivan, to conduct workshops at the event on  30th March 2019.

The following are the winners of the Saucy Saturday Homemade sauce competition:

Section 1: Traditional Tomato Sauce

Winner:  Kym Firth

Runner-Up: Anika Swaffer

Prizes Donated by Sandy Jones & Danielle’s Hairdressing

Section 2 : All Your Own

Winner: Susan Modra

Runner-Up: Toni Haddow

Prizes donated by Cummins Hotel & Wendy Holman

Section 3:  Tomato Relish

Winner: Lea Jericho

Runner –Up: Tarren Minhard

Prizes from Cummins Thrifty Link Hardware   & Cummins Post Office

Section 4: Chilli Sauce

Winner: Michael Lee

Runner-Up: Rebecca Anderson

Prizes donated by Cummins Hotel and Shearing Quarters

Section 5: Saucy Savoury

Winner: Adriana Salas

Runner- up: Tarren Minhard

Prizes from Cummins Pharmacy & Wendy Holman

Section 6: Students Sauce

Winner: Buddy Class Cummins Area School

Runner-up:  Josie Hall’s class

Prizes donated by 5 Loaves Bakery &  Cummins Newsagency

Section 7 : People’s Choice

Winner: Lea Jericho

Runner-Up:  Michael Lee

Prizes donated by Cummins Community Hotel &  Leanne’s Kitchen

Best Label

Winner: Lea Jericho

Runner-up:  Buddy Class CAS

Prizes provided by Cummins Mill & Wendy Holman

Last but not least, appreciation also goes to stall holders and presenters for the day: Rahel Gerber (Thermomix),  Mary-Anne and Scott Mickan (Korinya Farm Gate), Sandy Jones, 5 Loaves Bakery, Cummins Men’s Shed, Bernie Paige (Bomanna), Cummins Thrifty Link Hardware, Cummins Mill, Grace Coombs, and Cummins Op Shop.  And thanks to the taste buds of the judges Dr Quigley, Meg Shirley and Robyn Modra; and those willing ladies for Granny Secrets panel, Cynthia Mahoney, Gladys Hall, Sharon Lee, Sandy Jones, Carolyn Martin, and Coral Langley.

WHAT’S ON (MARCH 29TH-31ST)

March 27, 2019 • By The Cummins & District Tourism Committee

The weekend is almost here, and this one is all about exploring tradition, so if this sounds like your kind of weekend, then here’s everything you need to know:

On Friday afternoon, head over to the Cummins School Community library and join in for an afternoon with tradition preservation advocate Rebecca Sullivan. Hear all about her “Granny Skills” and the art of the natural home. A great opportunity to meet the author in person. RSVP’s are essential, and you can do this via phone: 86762476, or email: cummins.library@plain.sa.gov.au. For times and more info click here.
In the evening, visit the Cummins Hotel to drink, sing, and dance the night away with musician Jay Hoad, as we bid him farewell, Cummins style.

On Saturday, show off those family recipes with the revival of Saucy Saturday. We’re sure many of you are probably already getting your tomatoes and sauces ready, and if you’re not, what are you waiting for? You can download the T&C’s here and the entry form here. There’s cash prizes and bragging rights for the winners, and don’t miss the workshops by Rebecca Sullivan, as well as stalls and demonstrations in the main hall by local presenters.

But that is not everything! All throughout the weekend, you can find a 40-year collection of classic cars, signs, motorbikes, old farm equipment and heaps more at Skippy’s Workshop & Barn Style Auction. You never know what your next shed addition could be, so if you’re curious and can’t wait to see what’s on offer, have a sneak peek here.

So whether it be tradition in the form of recipes, cooking tips, cars, or machinery, there’s something for everyone to see this weekend in Cummins, so bring the whole family for a day in town, and don’t forget to share your adventures with us with #explorecummins!

Just the way Grandma made it!

March 12, 2019 • By The Cummins & District Tourism Committee

This March 29th and 30th put your “granny skills” to the test with author and tradition preservation advocate, Rebecca Sullivan!

On Friday 29th, join Rebecca at the Cummins School Community Library from 2pm to 4pm, where she will be talking about her work as an author and the art of the natural home. A great opportunity to meet the person behind the Granny Skills movement. RSVP’s are essential via email: cummins.library@plain.sa.gov.au or via phone: 86762476.

On Saturday 30th, Rebecca will be part of Saucy Saturday by hosting a series of masterclasses at the Community Hall.

These workshops include a Passata Making Class, a group effort to make your own winter stash of pasta sauce. Ingredients are supplied, with participants only needing to bring their own jars – clean and sterile – a chopping board, and kitchen knife. This class will be available in two different time slots for your convenience, one at 10am and another one at 11:30am.

There’s also a Natural Home Workshop. Based on Rebecca’s books and knowledge, this workshop aims at teaching skills to embrace green living. Participants will be able to make something for each room in the house, from eco-cleaners to body scrubs. Ingredients are also supplied but bring your own jars. This class will be available in two different time slots as well, with one at 1:30pm and another one at 3pm.

Tickets to these workshops can be purchased at the door to Hall Supper Room, and they will only set you back $10. Classes are also limited to 25 people, so get in quick!

Other local businesses displays and information sessions will be held in the Main Hall, and remember, if you’d like to participate in Saucy Saturday, download the T&C’s here and the entry form here.

What’s On (March 7th-11th)

March 7, 2019 • By The Cummins & District Tourism Committee

Need a break from routine this long weekend? Then Cummins is the place to be! Our central location makes it the perfect spot to base yourself and explore all surrounding towns and beaches, while relaxing in the quiet pace of the town. Accommodation options include the Cummins Hotel and the Caravan Park, and you will find that everything our region has to offer is only a short drive away. So, if this sounds like the perfect long-weekend getaway plan, here’s our guide to getting the most of it:

-On Thursday, sit back and relax, the week is almost over! Prepare yourself for maximum relaxation over the weekend with a Mentally Fit Ep’s
Community Meditation session at 7pm, held at the Cummins Area School wellbeing hub, donations appreciated but not essential.

On Friday, indulge! Delight in some local cuisine at Coffin Bay, only 56km from Cummins, with options such as “Roast Night” at the Coffin Bay Yacht Club or, if Indian’s your fancy, head over to 1802 Oyster Bar, as they will be hosting a “Curry Night”.

On Saturday, adventure awaits! Check out our “Attractions, Tours & Itineraries” page and you will find five different self-drive itineraries, there’s always something new to discover when you explore our district.

On Sunday, it’s market day! Grab the family and head over to Tumby Bay. The coastal town will be holding their annual Markets at the Bay, where you will find fabulous local food & beverages stalls, arts and crafts, and live music. But fun doesn’t just end there, as Coffin Bay will also be holding their markets , located at the Community Hall. After that, make sure you stop by the Coffin Bay Hotel, where you can relax and finish your day off by listening to some live tunes by New Zealand’s Lachlan Grant Splendor.

Have a fun and safe weekend! And if you would like to share your adventures with us, tag us using #explorecummins.

Get your granny on!

February 26, 2019 • By The Cummins & District Tourism Committee

A self-taught cook, a food curator, an urban farmer, an entrepreneur, a writer, and many other titles can describe Rebecca Sullivan. The Adelaide author certainly has many skills, and over her many years of experience, Rebecca has worked alongside the world’s best producers, academics, and chefs.

After coming back to Australia from working overseas, she launched the Granny Skills movement, as described on her website, “a community-supported movement that aims to protect the skills, heritage and traditions of our elders.”

As an author, Rebecca has written six books that focus not only on preserving tradition, but also on sustainability and natural products. She has also been sharing her expertise as a presenter on several TV shows, and as a writer for magazines such as SA Gardens and Delicious, amongst others.

You can be witness to all her “Granny Skills” and more on March 30th, as Rebecca will be the host of a series of masterclasses during Saucy Saturday, right here in Cummins.

To read more about our guest, visit her website, and if you’re interested in participating in Saucy Saturday, you can download the T&C’s here and the entry form here.

More info about the masterclasses soon.