Over 50s entertained with accordions

Over 50s entertainers: Marg Taylor and Jess Orwell from Kingston perform at the last Over 50s gathering.
Over 50s entertainers: Marg Taylor and Jess Orwell from Kingston perform at the last Over 50s gathering.

There were 38 people present at the meeting of the Bordertown Over 50s on June 9.

There were eight apologies.

President Rosalie welcomed everyone including visitors Gwen McGrice and Maureen Sanderson from Kingston also our visiting artists: sisters Marg Taylor from Keith and Jess Orwell from Kingston.

The following birthdays were acknowledged – Andrew Read, Isabel Hinge, June Staude and Jim Kerville.

It was announced that the Tatiara District Council had installed a new stove in the kitchen.

Our guest artists apologised for two of their group who were unable to attend, then began the entertainment by both playing on button accordions, “Sweet Rosie O’Grady”, “You Are My Sunshine” and “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”.

This was followed with Marg on accordion and Jess playing the tambourine, alternating with spoons, “Back Home In My Donegal”, “Tennessee Waltz” and “The Old Spinning Wheel”.

After a question from Rosalie, they said their father had played a button accordion and they had both learnt it at an early age.

Rosalie then read a joke called “Typical Male”.

Keith Lee, accompanied by Judy Hicks, sang “It’s A Wonderful World”. Then Jess and Marg both on button accordions played “Pack Up Your Troubles”, “It’s A Long Way To Tipperary” and “Click Go The Shears”.

Marg then recited a very funny story “The Best Christmas Cake Ever”.

After Judy told a short joke, Jess on the saxophone played “Could I Have This Dance” and “The Crows Song”. Jess then told a very amusing story called “Rindacella”.

After a few more tunes played on button accordion, accompanied by mouth organ at times, Judy on piano played “Till I Waltz Again With You” and Jess joined in with saxophone to play “Forever And Ever”.

More tunes were played on button accordions, interspersed with some jokes by our members.

Our guest artists completed the program with a medley of tunes including “Keep The Home Fires Burning”, “Bless ‘Em All”, “Waltzing Matilda”, finishing with “Now Is The Hour”.

This concluded a most enjoyable program with the help of some of our members providing impromptu items.

Ronnie Pannan from Natimuk will provide the entertainment at our next meeting on Friday, June 23.

Hostesses will be Heather Wiese, Isabel Hinge and Shirley White.