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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.

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.

IT’S ABOUT TO GET SAUCY IN CUMMINS!

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

Get your tomatoes and chillies ready, cause this March 30th, the Cummins Community Hall is hosting a revival of “Saucy Saturday.” As the name suggests, the event will focus on sauces, with the following categories to enter and fantastic prizes up for grabs:

-Section 1. Traditional Tomato Sauce: traditional recipe using tomatoes – bought or grown.

-Section 2. All Your Own: Tomato sauce made from tomatoes grown in your backyard.

-Section 3. Tomato Relish: Tomato relish or chutney.

-Section 4. Chilli Sauce: Any chilli sauce i.e. sweet chilli, hot sauce, jalapeno, your choice!

-Section 5. Saucy Savoury: Your own inspired sauce recipe i.e. plum and ginger, does not need to include tomatoes or chilli.

-Section 6. Students Sauce: Tomato sauce made by school age students.

-Section 7. People’s Choice: Enter a second bottle of sauce from any section to enter the People’s Choice Award.

-Bonus- Best Label: To be judged from any of the above sections.

The day’s programme will also showcase local skills in enhancing food with sauces and relishes, with local stalls and workshops, and master class sessions held by Rebecca Sullivan, advocate of “Granny Skills” and a presenter on ABC TV’s “Gardening Australia.”

To enter simply read the Terms & Conditions, and download the entry form here. 

 

 

 

Cummins prepares for the annual Christmas Festival

December 11, 2018 • By The Cummins & District Tourism Committee

Each year in the lead up to Christmas, the local businesses in Cummins, South Australia, say  ‘thank you’  to the community for supporting them throughout the year by sponsoring the Christmas Festival (otherwise known as “Trader’s Night” by many locals).

If you happen to be in Cummins for this year’s event on December 14, here’s what you need to know:

There will be a parade down Railway Terrace, starting near Bascombe Auto Ag at 6pm (corner of Railway Terrace and Tumby Bay Road) down past the Railway Terrace shops and then over the railway line, finishing up at the Railway Triangle Park on Bruce Terrace (where the lovely mosaic toilet art is located).

Father Christmas will arrive in Cummins with the parade (and then be at the Cummins Christmas Wonderland every day from 10am to 12pm from December 15 to 24).

After the parade, the festival will continue at the park with a BBQ and other foods available to purchase, as well as live music, bouncy castles and sumo wrestling.

The Christmas Wonderland, located a very short walk away (in the RSL Hall on the corner of Bruce Terrace and McFarlane Street), will be open during the Festival too.

The night is an opportunity for the local community to catch-up and celebrate the year that was, as well as the festive season.

We hope everyone who attends has a great evening.

And from the Cummins and District Tourism Committee, thank you to the local businesses who have supported our work this year, in particular all those businesses who contributed to the ‘Business Directory which helped to make this website possible.