Music on Sunday

Special treat:

Live music at Gheerulla Hall
(2184 Eumundi-Kenilworth Road)
Robyn Brown Quartet
Sunday August 26th, 2.00 pm

Quartet includes Peter Walters, bassist, composer, teacher; John Reeves (piano); and Peter Hudson on drums. Topped off with the silky voice Robyn Brown. Some of Queensland’s leading musicians and accompanists.

Tickets $20, from:
or from Johanna’s and West’N Colour in Kenilworth
or email
or ring 048 112 9527.

Seven Weekends of Celebration

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 or follow them on Facebook.

Media release

Media Release
Lesa Bell | | 0428 193 156

Hinterland Halls unite to celebrate 50th anniversary

The 50th anniversary of the naming of the Sunshine Coast is officially commemorated on August 1, and small halls scattered across the Sunshine Coast, will be lighting up the hills to celebrate with a Festival of Community Halls. Throughout August, over eighteen halls will host a series of events and activities unique to each of their communities. The festival also highlights the important role halls have played in creating the social fabric of our region, and will continue to do so.

The Sunshine Coast Council plans to celebrate our identity, engage our community and showcase our history and future on the Sunshine Coast. Having received commemorative funding to undertake the project, Gheerulla Hall president, Mary Ann Law initiated the project, “With halls in our communities having such historical significance, we have the opportunity to celebrate and commemorate the people and places that have shaped and defined the Sunshine Coast. Small halls have been integral to community life for over a century and communities today can learn of the importance of this type of activity to our well being and social development as a community.”

Hall activities includes everything from fairs to morning teas, old time dances, art exhibitions, historical walks, a rockabilly night, films and cabaret, all reminding us of the beauty of our region, the diversity of our communities and the relevance of a communal space in contemporary society. It raises the question, “When was the last time I attended my community hall? Do I know what happens in my local hall?”

A website is being developed to not only highlight the month long celebrations, but to provide updated information on the activities held in over 28 local halls throughout the Sunshine Coast.

Go to for information on the festival and follow them on Facebook.

Any enquiries or interest in getting your hall involved can be made on 0428 193 156


Festival of Community Halls

Festival events timetable 2017

There will be many events in this festival. The list is still growing:

Date Time Hall Event
25 Tuesday 10 – 11am Montville Media Launch
4 Friday 9am – 4pm Mooloolah 50 Years of Mooloolah Memories
5 Saturday 9am – 4pm Mooloolah 50 Years of Mooloolah Memories
5pm Obi Obi Country Rocks the Obi
9am – 2pm Mapleton Retro Fantastic
7pm Mapleton Live Music Locally
7:30pm Belli Retro Old Time Country Dance
6 Sunday 1 – 4pm Eudlo The Musos at Eudlo
11 Friday 6pm – 10:30pm Peachester “Inigo Jones and the Deluge” Movie, Meal & Memorabilia
12 Saturday 7am – 12pm Montville From Farm to Café
7pm Kenilworth Kenilworth Show & Rodeo Princess Ball
19 Saturday 3 – 5pm Landsborough “High Tea with a Twist”
7pm Gheerulla “Dancin’ the Night Away” with The Strangest Dreamers
5:30pm Palmwoods The Picture Show
8am – late Imbil Mary Valley Show Rodeo and Wood Chop
25 Friday 7:30pm Eumundi Movie: “A Perfect Day” Movie Night
26 Saturday 10am – 3pm Kureelpa Kureelpa Tramstop Festival
2 – 4pm Eudlo Dandyman and Ruby Rubberlegs
27 Sunday 2:30 – 6pm Maleny Noosa Orchestra Concert
2 Saturday 7:30pm Glasshouse Spring Ball
9 Saturday 7pm Verrierdale Full Moon Dance
7:30pm Belli Retro Old Time Country Dance
10 Sunday 9am Obi Obi Motorcycle Show
3 – 5pm Ridgewood Music at the Hall
15 Friday 6:30pm Valdora Trivia Night with a touch of local history
16 Saturday 6pm Eumundi Eumundi Rocks around the Clock with Little Pattie
7 – 10pm Maleny Dangerous Song with Linsey Pollak