|Boasting seven weekends of fun filled entertainment, the Festival of Community Halls kicks off this weekend with six classic events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast. Organisers are asking communities to “tune into a hall near you”, or find yourself taking a country drive to explore some of the great places in our region. This weekend you can join Mooloolah, Mapleton, Obi Obi, Belli and Eudlo Community Halls as they feature events inspired by memories of living on the Sunshine Coast.
August 4 and 5 celebrates the 50 years of Mooloolah Memories exhibition from 9-4pm, followed on August 5 by Retro Fantastic, a suitcase rummage with vintage cars, 60’s fashion parade, rock & roll dancing and old school activities at Mapleton, from 9-2pm. The day only gets bigger with bands Mzaza and and the gypsy sounds of Vardos, dancing up a storm in the evening from 7pm. You can travel down the range to Country Rocks the Obi Obi from 5pm, with the Col Finley and Chris Staff bands. Experience an Old Time Country Dance on beautiful Crows Ash floorboards, retro style at Belli from 7.30pm with music by the Sunshine Swing Band. Sunday has the classic muso’s session, tuning into the 60’s, at Eudlo, to close the weekend.
Whether you are interested in live music, dancing, markets, historic memorabilia or the ambience of an old hall, events for the festival are as diverse, as they are widespread. Throughout August and September join twenty halls celebrate their events and highlight the important role halls have played in creating the social fabric of our region, and can continue to do so. Perhaps we can all ask ourselves, “When was the last time I attended my community hall?”. This project has been proudly supported by the Sunshine Coast Council’s 50th Anniversary Fund. For full event details go to www.sunshinecoastcommunityhalls.com or follow them on Facebook.