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Bush Music Club's 31st Subscription Ball, Maitland
6.30pm for 7pm, Sat 27th August 2011

By Sandra Nixon
Posted Friday, May 13, 2011

Wonderful dance music provided by The Coalbrook Band featuring the entire Strutt family (Helen, Greg, Jennifer & Catherine) together with Chris Duncan and Bob Innes.

Practices in Newcastle & Sydney during August (details below).

The Bush Music Club holds its Colonial-style Subscription Ball in August each year. For many years this has been held in Maitland Town Hall, in part because there is a dedicated band of Newcastle dancers who have willingly taken on the organisational role, and partly because the Maitland Town Hall has one of the best sprung dance floors in the country. Visit the BMC web site for more information.

The musical line-up for the Ball has for many years been the Coalbrook Band who have handled the large diversity of musical styles with great accomplishment. Again this year we will enjoy the musical talents of this group.

A mixture of Colonial, Traditional and dances reflecting the diverse nature of social dancing in the Newcastle, Central Coast and Sydney areas.

Regular: $55
Early Bird: $45 (payment received on or before 14th August)
Full-time student (13yrs +): $35
Children (<13yrs): Free
Non-dancer: $45

All bookings should be received (for catering purposes) on or before Sunday 21st August.

Cheques payable to 'Hunter Folk Dancers'.

Post to:
Bill Propert
26 Croft Road
Eleebana NSW 2282

Direct deposits to: 'Hunter Folk Dancers'
BSB: 650000
A/C: 813041205

then send email to Bill Propert giving details (name, address, phone, number of tickets)

Hors d'oeuvre on arrival and two buffet style suppers during the evening. Cold water and drinks, tea and coffee available all night.

Barbeque Picnic
A recovery picnic/barbeque is held on the following day so come and make a weekend of it.

Date: Sunday 28th August 2011
Time: 11am-4pm
Place: Heritage Shed, Speers Point Park, Lake Macquarie
Cost: Adult $10, Child $5

Music and dancing, of course! Musicians welcome. BYO chair if possible.

Dates & Venues for Practices

10am-4pm, $7 (tea, coffee & cold drinks provided)

Enquiries: Bill Propert 02 4946 5602.

Sunday 14th August
All Saints Anglican Hall
Cnr Cromwell & Oxford Streets
New Lambton

Saturday 20th August
Wesley Centre Hall
150 Beaumont Street
Hamilton (walking distance from Hamilton station)

Enquiries: Don Richmond (02) 9642 7950

Sunday 21st August
Scout Hall
Park Avenue, Concord

Other practices at Pennant Hills and Canberra may be arranged.

Also some Monday nights in August (7.30-9.30pm) at:
Pennant Hills Community Centre
Yarrara Road
Enquiries: Felicity (02) 9456 2860 or John (02) 9623 7551.

Attendances at practices is highly recommended!

Photos courtesy of Coalbrook Band, Don Richmond, Kim Nolan and Bob McInnis.

Useful web links

Molly Morgan Motor Inn, (#) East Maitland - Convenient to Newcastle Airport/Bus link
Best Western Endeavour, (*#)East Maitland
Old George & Dragon Guesthouse, (*#)East Maitland
Old Maitland Inn (but not old!), (*) Rutherford (West of Maitland)
Red Lion Inn (B&B), (#) East Maitland

* Recommended in previous years
# Short taxi trip to Maitland Town Hall

Airport One Shuttle Service (Pickups by arrangement)
Hunter Valley Buses (timetables & maps) (Route 145 Newcastle Airport to Green Hills & East Maitland)
Newcastle Airport (Direct flights from Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne & Brisbane and connections to Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Darwin etc.)
CityRail (Hunter line. Rail access to Maitland)

Maitland Visitors Information Centre
Maitland Gaol (tours/inspection - East Maitland)

Bush Music Club's 31st Subscription Ball, Maitland