Sunday the 23rd of October saw Wangi Wangi turn on a host of fun and entertainment to commemorate and celebrate 100 years since an auction was held for properties in the subdivision of Wangi Wangi.
I was honoured to be asked 12 months prior to play as part of the entertainment of the day and at the main location of the event next to the RSL and next to 2NUR FM.
On the day events were held at several venues around the town, including the RSL, workers, and sailing clubs, the school, library, Dobell House, and the oval.
Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper speaking at the foreshore celebration with Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser waiting to also speak and yes yours truly is in the background waiting to entertain the masses once the ceremony has finished.
A time capsule was also on display which they say is to be buried for 100 years. My business card was placed into the capsule as part of the celebrations – lets hope no one rings me in 100 years as I won’t answer.
Now I had a great time playing and also had the organisers backing me and singing “I just don’t look good naked anymore”. Yes it was a great day and one that I was both honoured to be asked and honoured to play at.
Now in case you’re wondering this is a little history about Wangi Wangi…
“Wangi has meant many things to many people over the years: a place of plenty for the original owners; a haven for cattle of ‘unspecified’ ownership; a refuge for many Hunter Valley miners during the strikes and lockouts of the 20s and 30s; the site of anti-aircraft protection for the Rathmines Catalina base; and the source of a significant portion of the power that drove New South Wales for many years.
But perhaps, above all, a place of great beauty and solitude and a place to escape the pressures of the working week.”
Of course one cannot end without also mentioning the twice winner of the Archibald Prize, Wangi’s artist Sir William Dobell who’s house is on the main road into Wangi Wangi – Dobell Drive.
Anyway I have rambled on for too long, hey if you see me out on the road say gday or hit me up on UHF Channel 40
Till next time, take care, yours in country music – Leigh