Kurri Kurri High School hosts retro high tea and fashion parade for Nostalgia Festival

RETRO: Kurri Kurri High School students Abi Cunningham and Amy Stewart at their dress fitting ahead the Nostalgia Festival fashion parade and high tea on March 23.
RETRO: Kurri Kurri High School students Abi Cunningham and Amy Stewart at their dress fitting ahead the Nostalgia Festival fashion parade and high tea on March 23.

Kurri Kurri High School will turn back the clock on Friday, March 23 when it hosts the first event of the town’s annual Nostalgia Festival – a retro high tea and fashion parade.

It is the seventh year the school has hosted the high tea, which has become a popular event for locals and visitors alike.

About 100 students will be involved in this year’s event, working on everything from marketing and promotions, to modelling in the fashion parade, performing in the band, and of course, preparing and serving the delicious high tea.

Kurri Kurri High School principal Tracey Breese said being involved in the Nostalgia Festival is a great example of the school’s focus on positive pathways that connect students with work and community.

“A lot of our work is centred around community partnerships that deliver authentic learning tasks to underpin success at school,” Ms Breese said.

The high tea will be held at the school gym on Friday, March 23 from 1pm to 3pm.

Tickets are $30, with tables of 10 available, and can be bought from the Kurri Kurri Visitor Centre on 4936 1909.

The Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival is in its 15th year and is shaping up to be another great event, with thousands of people expected to flock to the town from March 23 to 25 for three days of rock ‘n’ roll, classic cars, retro fashion and ‘50s-themed fun.

PROGRAM

FRIDAY, MARCH 23

  • Retro High Tea at Kurri Kurri High School, 1pm-3pm. Tickets $30.
  • Family Fun Night in Rotary Park, 5pm-8pm. Entertainment by Jumpin’ Jukebox. Free entry. 
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Express at Richmond Vale Railway Museum, 6.45pm-10pm. Entertainment by Gary Davidson. Tickets $28.
  • Burlesque Idol grand final at Weston Workers Club, 7.30pm-10.30pm. Tickets $20.
  • The Rattlesnakes at Kurri Kurri Bowling Club, 7.30pm-11pm. Free entry.

SATURDAY, MARCH 24

Rotary Park

  • 8.30am: DJ Gav with lots of 50s and 60s music
  • 9am: Eureka Tae Kwon Do demonstration
  • 9.45am: Official Opening
  • 10am: Dance demonstration – Newcastle 50s Rock N Roll
  • 10.45am: Best dressed parade – couples and junior categories
  • 11.30am: Sass & the Boss
  • 12.30pm: Tony Hunt (Roy Orbison tribute)
  • 1pm: Sass & the Boss
  • 2pm: Shannon’s Show and Shine trophy presentation
  • 2.15pm: Tony Hunt (Roy Orbison tribute)
  • 2.45pm: Best dressed parade – Miss Modern Day and traditional categories
  • 3.30pm: Sydney Swing Katz
  • 4pm: DJ Gav

Evening events

  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Express at Richmond Vale Railway Museum, 6.45pm-10pm. Entertainment by John Jay. Tickets $28.
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Party featuring the Jivebombers and the Sydney Swing Katz at Weston Workers Club, 7pm-11pm. Tickets $20.
  • High School Prom dinner dance at Hunter Valley Hotel Academy (Kurri TAFE), 7pm-11pm. Entertainment by Mr James Band and DJ Vinnie. Enjoy a delicious 1960s themed dinner in a High School Prom atmosphere. Tickets $70.
  • The Lamplighters supported by Emile at Kurri Kurri Bowling Club, 7.30pm-11pm. Tickets $15.

SUNDAY, MARCH 25

Rotary Park main stage

  • 8.30am: DJ Gav with lots of 50s and 60s music
  • 8.45am: Rock Service
  • 9.30am: Tony Hunt (Roy Orbison tribute)
  • 10am: Dance demonstration – All Shook Up Dance Studio
  • 10.45am: Best dressed parade – couples and junior categories
  • 11.30am Mr James Band
  • 12.30pm: Tony Hunt (Roy Orbison tribute)
  • 1pm: Mr James Band
  • 2pm: Shannon’s Show and Shine trophy presentation
  • 2.30pm: Raffle prize draw
  • 2.45pm: Best dressed parade – Miss Modern Day and traditional categories
  • 3.30pm: DJ Gav with lots of 50s and 60s music

Kurri Kurri Bowling Club Street Stage

  • Live entertainment by On the Prowl and DJ Vinnie, 10am-2pm. Located at the top end of Lang Street.

All Shook Up Dance Studio Sidewalk Stage

  • Live entertainment by Nightmoves, 9.30am-1.30pm. Located at the library end of Lang Street.

Evening events

  • Last Chance Dance at Weston Workers Club, 5pm-9pm, featuring the All Stars Trilogy Tribute Show. Tickets $20.

Tickets can be bought from the Kurri Kurri Visitor Information Centre on 4936 1909.

VIDEO

Check out the aerial view of the 2017 festival in the post below.

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