The Eumundi School of Arts hall will come alive on Saturday 16 September 2017 when Australian Music Legend 'Little Pattie' performs for the 50th Anniversary of the naming of The Sunshine Coast. This event put on by the Eumundi Historical Association which is trustee of the hall will also mark and important time 50 years ago when the hall was still a two storey building and in need of major repair.
Up until television came along in 1956 the School of Arts was the hub of entertainment for Eumundi and the surrounding district. In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s the then hall committee discussed many times the that the cost of maintaining a large two storey wooden building was becoming too much for the small community who over the years since it opened in 1912 had constantly fundraised to maintain and repair it. Termites were also an issue many times, with the hall being closed at one stage as it was considered unsafe to use. Finally it was decided to lower the hall to one storey with tenders being called in 1967 and the hall finally lowered in 1968.
Maintenance of this grand building is a continual, never ending issue, with the Eumundi Historical Association committed to spending close to $150,000 this year on major works including a major upgrade to the toilets, new stage curtains and solar power. Stage lighting is next on the wish list of many of the halls users and any profit from this event will go towards lighting and sound equipment. The Eumundi Historical Association president Donata Page is passionate about ‘future proofing the hall’ as she likes to call it and commented that ‘we need to keep this great building which is over 100 years old which was built by and continues to be run by the community in the best possible shape so it can be used well into the future and maybe for another 100 years’.
This musical event will also celebrate the continual use of this iconic Eumundi building and a past tradition of debutante balls, fundraiser dances, school musicals, plays and the many and varied events that have taken place in the Eumundi School of Arts since 1912 with similar events still going on today.
Little Pattie today is as energetic as she was when she took a stronghold on the Australian music scene in the mid sixties as a bright fourteen year old school girl from Sydney. With a succession of hits including “He’s my Blonde Headed Stompie Wompie Real Gone Surfer Boy” and “Stompin’ at Maroubra”, Pattie established herself as a prominent force in the Australian music industry.
Her talents are credited with many industry awards including Best Female Singer, Most Popular Female Performer, TV Logie for Best Teenage Personality and a succession of Gold Records. In 1998 Australia Post released a set of 12 stamps to celebrate the early years of Rock’n’Roll in Australia. Pattie was honoured with her own stamp. In 2000 the Sydney Morning Herald named Pattie “one of the century’s most loved faces”. In 2003 she was awarded an Order of Australia. In 2009 Pattie was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
For many years Pattie has represented her country all over the world including Song Festivals in Europe and Asia, and in America she appeared on the famous Ed Sullivan Show on television in the U.S.
At age 17, Pattie was the youngest Australian to entertain our troops in Vietnam. She was evacuated from the Australian Task Force Base in Nui Dat, when the famous Battle of Long Tan began. Pattie has since devoted much of her time to Vietnam Veterans. She says her life continues to be enriched by her many friendships with the Veterans and their families. Pattie recently told her Vietnam story for Australian Story, ABC TV.
Just a few years ago Pattie travelled to the Middle East where she performed concerts for our troops in Iraq.
Pattie maintains a high profile in the music industry, continuing a most impressive track record, with many live performances in Australia and overseas. Little Pattie is a true professional and a much loved Australian performer.
'Blue Suede Gasoline Alley' band will also be performing along with the Sunshine Coast’s 'Doo Wop Dolls'. You will be sent back to the time when ‘Six O'clock Rock’ and ‘Bandstand’ where popular TV shows. ‘Eumundi Rocks around the Clock’ will be a 1960's style dinner dance, ticket price includes a buffet dinner and glass of bubbly, with prizes for best dressed. Cash bar available.
This event is part of the ‘Festival of Community Halls’ which is celebrating over 20 community owned and run halls across the Sunshine Coast who are offering a variety of events in August and September to celebrate these much loved halls and the important part they still play today.
To book online go to www.ticketebo.com/eumundirocks
Eumundi Rocks around the Clock
6pm - 10:30pm
Saturday 16 September 2017
Eumundi School of Arts Hall
Eumundi School of Arts Hall, Eumundi
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