A Night of Entertainment in Oberon
Saturday night, the 8th of November was a night to remember for over 170 patrons who attended a night of bush poetry, folk music, contemporary music and yarns, tall and short. The function was organised as a fundraising night by the Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway and the Burraga Agriculture Bureau.
Visitors from Western Australia and Queensland as well as from Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Bathurst and other Central Tablelands areas enjoyed five hours of non-stop entertainment from Gregory North, Pat Drummond, Milton Taylor, Cill Van Der Velden and the local group, “Inside the Square.”
Greg North's multicultural version of “The Man from Snowy River” left the audience with sore sides from laughter, but on the other hand he kept them mesmerised with his poem describing from an Aboriginal perspective the impact of white civilization upon Aboriginal society. Pat Drummond was superb as compere, kept the night moving and entertained everyone with amusing stories and poems as well as some of his hit songs that included, “The Sao Song” and “The Road to Damascus”. Milton Taylor added to the night with a variety of amusing and poignant poems and stories, including a thought-provoking poem of an elderly person suffering memory loss and amusing poems such as one about duck hunting.
Cill Van Der Velden and the local band “Inside the Square” provided exciting sequences of folk and contemporary music.
A delicious meal of salad, gourmet pies from Oberon Pies and Pastries complemented by dessert of ice cream and cream and strudels provided by Schwarzes Bakery and Patisserie was served by the organising committee.
A highlight of the night was a presentation by Warwick Mawhood from Mawhoods IGA of a cheque for $2,461.45 to the Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway group. This donation came from the IGA Community Chest Fund that accumulates funds from IGA products. This generous support is a recognition from Mawhoods and the Community Chest Fund for the outstanding tourist project undertaken by the railway group. Thank you to Mawhoods and the IGA Community Chest Fund. Your support is much appreciated.
Community spirit is alive and well in Oberon and Burraga and both communities benefited from and are grateful for the support of many businesses including Ashleys Studio of Hairdressing, Arrows Newsagency, Rosedale Gifts, Pick of the Bunch Florist, Oberon Farm and Industrial, Snow Pony Grooming, Oberon Chinese Restaurant, Currumbena Garden Centre, Mawhoods Mitre 10, the Royal and Tourist Hotels, Oberon RSL Bowling Club, Oberon First National Real Estate, Thrifty Link Hardware, Oberon Smash Repairs, Sargents Rural Supplies and Stone Ink Clover Hill.
Many thanks are due to Shane Moorhead and Ewan Stewart who organised the night and all the helpers from Burraga and the railway group who decorated the hall, served meals and cleaned up afterwards. Finally, thank you to all the people who came along to support the Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway and the Burraga Bureau of Agriculture. The night belonged to you.