Bush Music Club Inc. - Colonial Balls

Bush Music Club Inc.

Colonial Balls

The club currently runs two full dress colonial balls a year.
Prices are held astonishingly low for a catered ball -
and are even cheaper if you get in early!

The Heritage Ball 2016

The Bush Music Club Inc. will hold its 2016 Heritage Ball in Parramatta Town Hall on Saturday 21st May 2016.

Grand March starts at 7:00pm, dance until midnight.

Another grand occasion for your enjoyment with music by our renowned Heritage Ensemble. Dress in your favourite fashion from Regency through to Ragtime. Ball tickets will again be limited. A light supper and refreshments are provided during the evening.

$50 for BMC members (before May 7)
$60 for non-members (before May 7)
$40 for students (before May 7)
All tickets purchased after May 7 will be $70 each
A discount of $3 per person can be obtained for a set of 4 couples (8 tickets) booked and paid for at the same time and before May 7
No tickets will be available after May 16th.
Payment by Cheque to:
Bush Music Club Inc
PO Box 433
Sydney 2001
Please indicate that the payment is for ball tickets.
Or by EFT to:
"Bush Music Club"
BSB 062-005
Account 00907524
Email wendy_richmond (at) yahoo.com with a copy of your bank's receipt and a note that it is for ball tickets (names of attendees is helpful).
Dances will be taught at workshops in May:
Pennant Hills Community Centre
Mondays - 2nd, 9th and 16th May
7:30pm - 9:30pm, $7
Hut 44, Addison Rd Community Centre, Marrickville
Wednesdays - 4th, 11th and 18th May
7:30pm - 9:30pm, $7
Post-Ball Picnic
Wear colonial dress, further details will be available at the Ball
Enquiries to Wendy Richmond ph (02) 9642 7950 or 0412 145 262
or email wendy_richmond (at) yahoo.com

Wayne Richmond has some pictures from previous balls at www.humph.org/heritage/

35th Subscription Ball
at the Therry Centre, East Maitland
on Saturday 29th August 2015
with the The Coalbrook Band

The Bush Music Club holds its Subscription Ball in August each year. For many years this has been held at Maitland Town Hall, however, this year the Maitland Town Hall is unavailable for several months due to renovations and we have found a new location for the ball not far away. The Therry Centre has a large dance hall with a good wooden floor, stage and large carpeted foyer for supper. It is next to St Joseph's Church, East Maitland with the entrance to the combined site on King Street. Some parking is available on site and otherwise parking will be on King Street.

(Google Maps link).

The music is a special feature for the Ball with the Coalbrook Band providing wonderful dance music and handling the large diversity in dance music with great accomplishment. Again this year we will enjoy the musical talents of the entire Strutt family (Helen & Greg, Jennifer & Catherine) plus the great fiddle expertise of Chris Duncan and Bob McInnes. As usual, the programme will include Colonial, Scottish, English, Irish and Welsh dances. There will undoubtedly be a Hambo too.

Preferred dress is formal in keeping with Australia's Colonial period. Suppers will be fully catered this year. Hor d'oeuvres will be served from 7 pm. There will be a further combined supper break with savoury and sweet foods later in the evening at 9:30 pm. Hot drinks and fruit punch will be available for most of the evening and water available throughout. This will be a no-alcohol function. The Ball will commence with a Grand March at 7:30 pm and will finish at around 12:30 am. Dances will be recapped and called, or, for couples dances, led from the floor. There will be no walk-throughs.

Recovery Picnic

We also have a great new venue for the recovery Picnic / BBQ / Dance on Sunday 30th August at Marmong Park, George Street, Marmong Point on the west side of beautiful Lake Macquarie. The Marmong Point Community Hall there will provide a dance floor and shelter from the weather (if required). There is a large grassy area with shade trees and a view of Lake Macquarie. The Lake foreshore is nearby and the renowned Lake Macquarie Art Gallery is a few minutes drive away in a lovely setting by the Lake.

(Google Maps link).

Please BYO chairs if possible, other drinks and dancing shoes. Musicians, please bring your instruments.

Practice Sessions

Several dance practices will be run in August at Newcastle, Sydney and the Central Coast; those booked so far are:

Central Coast
Sunday August 2. 10am-5pm.
East Gosford Progress Hall,
Wells St and Henry Parry Dr. East Gosford.
Contact Arthur or Julia - Ph 49555701

Sunday August 9. 10am-5pm.
Contact Arthur or Julia - Ph 49555701

Saturday August 22. 10am-5pm.
Contact Arthur or Julia - Ph 49555701

Sunday August 16. 10am-4pm.
Scout Hall, Park Ave, Concord.
Contact Wendy - Ph 0412 145262.

All practice sessions cost $8 for the day.
Tea and coffee is provided.
*** Attendance at practices is highly recommended ***

There will also be practice nights at Pennant Hills Dance Workshop.

Further information and a provisional programme will be posted when available on this website and http://users.tpg.com.au/juliasm/BMC-Ball/. Ticket prices will be similar to those in 2014.

The Ball flyer can be downloaded here.

Enquiries contact: Julia Smith or Arthur Kingsland on 0249 555701 or julia.smith (at) tpg.com.au

Heritage Ball 2005
View of previous ball
Photo: Mike Young