Whew! Thanks to more than 70 people who volunteered to help keep the pub running, we can now look forward to keeping this important community asset. The Friends of the Boolarra Community Hotel group have enthusiastically taken on the challenge of making sure the grounds and buildings are kept tidy, the inside and outside of the pub is sparkling clean, wood is available to keep us warm, some extra sponsorship dollars to help with keeping our heads above water, as well as the pizza and bar volunteers who feed and water (?) the patrons. Of course, more volunteers are always welcome – it’s a great way to make contact with your Boolarra neighbours, and an opportunity to meet visitors to our beautiful town.
Everyone has been saying that the best thing the hotel could do is to restart regular meals in the dining room. While the Friday and Saturday pizzas have been very welcome (thanks to the mighty efforts of Rob and crew), a sit-down meal with typical country cooking is what most people want.
So – Meals are returning on 6 December. The new chef believes in country quality at country prices. The atmosphere of the dining room will reflect this as a family-friendly place to meet. At first, meals will be provided on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, and for Sunday lunch. Other times can be catered for by arrangement with the chef.
It will be just in time, because there are some big events coming here over the summer.
The kitchen should be humming along nicely for all your pre-Christmas meals. Contact the Hotel to ask them to meet your special needs.
The year will finish with a New Year’s Eve dinner and live music. The popular Melbourne band Back to Scratch was a great success in November. They loved our pub and the response from the town, and will be coming back to rock you again.
A large social motorbike club will be coming down from Melbourne for the weekend around 18 January. Once again there will be live music happening and a lot of socialising. We don’t know why it is called the Confusion Rally, but we’ll certainly be asking them. Hosting this event is a great coup for Boolarra. This group has been going to Licola for the past 30 years, but needed to make a change. They’ve scoured Gippsland for a replacement – and Boolarra was their top choice!
Tom Curtain is returning on 8 February with his new show ‘We’re Still Here’, with a theme that reflects the resilience of rural communities. He thought that Boolarra was the best gig of his tour in 2019 so he’s keen to come back. More great recognition of the special qualities of our community.
And of course, the Boolarra Folk Festival (Saturday 29th February) will be on again. Music will be on at the Hotel Friday and Saturday evenings, and all day Sunday. Hopefully we won’t have bushfire problems to contend with this time.
In the meantime, the free camping at the Hotel has been very popular. We’ve welcomed people from all over Australia, as well as many overseas visitors. All the feedback from these travellers has been very positive.
But those pesky ukulele players still keep jamming on the verandah every Sunday afternoon! Fortunately they’ve finished before the golfers arrive to hit off at 5pm.
So – your Community Hotel is alive and well. Thanks, Boolarra!