Marian Grove Recreation Room came alive on January 26th when 170 concert lovers packed into the area to enjoy a performance provided for their entertainment.
Our very popular Ukulele Band ably led by bandmaster Peter Patton played some great songs. Fancy Dress was next on the programme amd the brave souls who participated wore some quite inventive apparel. Ros Jackson (Sadie the Cleaning Lady) and Kathy Ellem (The Daily Newspaper) could not be separated in the voting by acclamation, so it was declared a ‘dead heat’ much to the crowd’s delight.
Banjo Patterson’s Bush Christening live re-enactment followed, with Jim Cross narrating the, while Cyril Vernon ( the Priest), John Bardsley ( The Father), Margaret Scott ( The Mother) with young Jayden DeLaCruz ( the boy) displayed considerable acting skills. At the completion of the piece Jim informed us that when ‘the boy’ hid in the log, he was confronted by a Huntsman Spider ( known as in those days as a ‘Triantilope’) but being the trooper young Jayden is, he stayed in there with it until it was time for him to come out!
After Judith Paul played her Saxophone, Kathy Ellem and Margaret Wright sang two songs (one of the them with some lyrics that Margaret wrote herself) followed by Norma Romeril with some bush poetry.
Other performers were Gavin Harwood, Errol Wood and Wal Pemberton who played and sang. Valmai Thompson concluded the concert playing her keyboard.
“Advance Australia Fair” was then sung with gusto by all present followed by afternoon tea including Damper and Cocky’s Joy. Thanks to the organisers, John Smith and his band of happy helpers. Their hard work producing these concerts each month is most appreciated.
Ken Watts.