Hello SwingSTARS! Yes I said STARS, as to us (That be Ray and I), we think you are all STARS! Why? coz you turn up, you give it all and you do it with smiles, laughter and a commitment that we can only admire.. Your sense of community and welcoming vibe is so fabulous and we thank you for being our Swing On In STARS!
It’s one thing to come to class each work and learn to dance but now where do you put that learning into practice? we all know that on the social dance floor is where you really became STARS!
So, whats coming up that you cut a rug and scratch some circles in the role dance floor at?
Swing Dancers, Family and Friends are invited to join us for a magical day of fun, friends, farming, flowers and fancy footwork.
Read below for the who, what, where, when, and all the details you need.
What: 3rd Annual “Swing In The Flowers Picnic Swing Dance”
This beautiful day includes:
• a visit to Ian’s Flower and Blueberry Farms on the Alstonville Plateau
• Picking Blueberries and then eating them – YUM –
• Flower Farm Walking Tour
• Tractor Rides
• Communal afternoon tea at the waterfall
• Cooked yummy Thai food provided by Ratchanee
• Dalwood Falls Waterfall Visit
• Tea Dance at the 110 years old Wollongbar Community Hall
ADDRESSES and details for all places below if you wish to join us at anytime.
Why: The last two years have been so successful and magical. It lingered in our hearts and minds. It was so special we just had to do it again, but this year will be even better with extra fun and surprises, waterfalls and walks.
Flower Farm – 368 Wardell Rd Alstonville. Prime Flowers sign at start of driveway.
Dalwood Falls – 1 km along Dalwood Road from its intersection with Wardell Road
Blueberry farm – 550 Ellis road Alstonville. Dirt road on right angle bend.
Wollongbar Community Hall – 4 Hall Ct, Wollongbar.
368 Wardell Road, Alstonville
• Turn off Pacific Hwy onto Bruxner Highway
• Take Alstonville Turnoff
• Take first exit at roundabout into Daley Street
• Turn left onto Wardell Rd
• Travel 4 klm.
• Entrance in photinia hedge on right.
NOTE: WE WILL BE ARRANGING CAR POOLING TO THE FALLS DUE TO LIMITED PARKING AT THAT SITE. WE WILL DO THIS FROMT HE FARM.. HOW MANY PEEPS CAN WE PILE ON THE BACK OF IANS FARM BIKE?
Sunday, 6 October 2019
12.30pm – 6.30pm
12.30pm at the Prime Flowers Farm & Blueberry picking
2.30 pm to 3.30pm – Waterfall/Picnic/Afternoon Tea
4 pm onwards at the Rouse Mill Hall for a Thai Food Cooked dinner and dancing.
$10 pp or $15 with dinner
Trip to the Blueberry Farm where you get to pick your own blueberries for your afternoon tea.
Afternoon Tea will be at the Waterfall featuring the Blueberries you handpicked smothered in double cream. Tea, Coffee, Water Refreshments supplied. (BYO Alcohol)
5:00pm Food and fancy footwork. Enjoy the catered food and some dancing on the beautiful timber floors of the very old Hall. BYO drinks.
Cost: $10 pp per adult entrance donation to charity
Children free (You can donate any amount if you choose)
$5.00 per person for food (adult or child) – This covers both arrival lunch and early evening dinner
Payment on the day at the door. All donations benefit The Ovarian Cancer of Australia and Beauties Feeling Fabulous, a Not for profit charity.
Contact: Call Chrissy or Ian for any further info:
Ian 0418275621 or Chrissy: 0409727888
RSVP: Select “Going” on this event page so we can gauge numbers for catering purposes.
What to bring:
Shoes for farm tours
Shoes for dancing
Hat/Sunscreen/refillable water bottle
Now the place to be at on Thursdays each fortnight!! Join us this Thursday and then every 2 weeks after that from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.. this organic Swing Jam Session is open to jazz & swing musicians, open mic singers and Swing DJ’s wanting to play to the dancers, entertain the public and just enjoy the free space to explore and create.
We are hoping this night expands and grows organically, the guys at Ground N Sound are super supportive and with polished concrete floor, music memorabilia and vintage furniture this place has such speak easy character we just want to go and hang out there!
Open to all and completely FREE..
VENUE: GROUND AND SOUND CAFE AND BAR: Shop 6/23 Musgrave Avenue Chirn Park, Gold Coast,
The Team behind this initiative would be Ground N Sound, Richard, our fabulous French Swing Dancer, Sue Watson in charge of Musician engagement and us at SWING On In who invite you all to come along and lets see where this goes!
Come, sing, play, dance, drink, eat, immerse and dance some more..
MUSICIANS: If you would like to be involved Email our Music Director: Sue Watson on: [email protected]
Join Swing On In’s monthly swing dance party with very special guest artist, our favourite Swinging Jack, Mr Sebastiaan Scholtens, the lead singer of Well Swung Daddies! will be entertaining you all night with all of your danceable favourites.
Seb is a local, he is dedicated and one of the nicest guys in the industry! Come along and croon, swing & rock with us..
7pm til late
DJ Swingabilly Ray in the breaks
The Bowlo, Bangalow who has the best little dance floor in the world!
FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER 2019 – 7PM ONWARDS – Last year was such a magical night that the Powers that be at the Brisbane Powerhouse asked us to create another night of magic under the stars again this year as part of the Wonderland Festival https://brisbanepowerhouse.org/festivals/wonderland-festival-2019/ In fact, we will be kicking the festival off with a banging good shindig for you all to come along and dance to!
We have a super band for you.. We brought together the finest musicians, gave them the brief you need to dance and Voila! I give you: MISS WALLFLOWER AND THE MESS AROUNDS! – pics and bio to come and yes I might even give you a sneak peek into the set list son fabulous swinging dance music that will keep you on the dance floor all night! These guys are amazing and you will LOVE IT!
Yes there is a dance floor like last year. |
Yes the band will be playing dance music for your swing/blues, shag, R&R, Swinging 60’s, ballroom, or whatever dance style you like, we will cover it all.
Yes, Swing A Billy Ray is your in between DJ, spinning all your favourites.
Yes there will be a Best Dressed section again
Yes there will be a photobooth
Yes there will be Food and Cocktails/full bar
Yes there will be an afterparty inside like last year after the 10am finish of band outside.
Yes it is all free.
AND: to add to the fun, we have two Pop Up Salons offering FREE 60’s hair do’s beehives and the like all night! Take advantage and step out of the psychedelic world and create a new Swinging YOU!
I will be posting some images and video from last year to remind you how amazing this venue is and leading up to we will relate some ideas on what to wear etc..
Look forward to seeing you call there to celebrate a fabulous year of dancing in South East Qld.
Join us for our end of year celebration party with our new favourite local band “MAX AND THE MOOCHERS”.
There will still be one more week of classes we just needed to grab a date for our end of year before you all got too busy!
We chose Bangalow Bowlo for the superb floor, stage, food and beverages! Too far? WHY NOT CAR POOL? message our groups pages and hitch a ride!
Theme: Summer Lovin.. Had me a blast! Togs encouraged! haha!
Let the festive season begin with a dance party at HOME.
We’re laying down the dance floor, hanging the lights and shining the brass (band that is) to create a Dance Palais beneath the stars.
Inspired by the Gold Coast’s dance hall hey days, this will be a glorious night of music, dancing and entertainment that will have you shaking your jazz hands, fluttering your quick step and free styling the Swing dance moves you didn’t even know you had!
Hosted by Everybody NOW’s Ian Pidd with guest artist and songstress Geraldine Quinn, and featuring the energizing 10 piece brass group Hot Potato Band, you’ll be twinkle toeing the night away alongside local ballroom and swing on in dancers with big band music and vintage footage from much loved bygone era. It’s a little vintage glam, a little Tina Sparkle and a little ‘all-on-the-floor’ freestyle dance party.
Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts, Everybody NOW & SWING ON IN
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