The Batemans Bay Uniting Church was a hive of activity on Sunday 25th March as all the church members buzzed around preparing for the afternoon concert. The church was converted to a concert hall in no time, while the kitchen produced mountains of food to feed the five thousand. The church had decided to hold a Variety Concert with all proceeds going to charity. An impressive $1890 was raised.
Little Annabelle Potts, only four but suffering from a cancer that is incurable in Australia was the recipient of funds to assist with treatment in Mexico, and the drought-stricken farmers of Western Queensland also got funding.
Tathra fires had not happened as the planning was done but a quick decision to have a retiring offering for Tathra raised $570.
The melodic sounds of the barbershop quartet called the Rusty Pipes filled the hall with their beautiful harmonies. They sang a variety of songs from their wide repertoire, and delighted all with Sweet Adeline, co-opting Kay to be serenaded. Their final song was the Irish Blessing.
One pipe was especially rusty with a nasty cold and retired to bed immediately after their performance. The show must go on is the motto so he had soldiered on for the act.
Hunter Calder amused the audience with one of his short stories, casting his late father-in-law in a dubious light. The story of the ceiling fan demonstrated the truth of finding a bargain, only to find it costs you dearly.
The Coastal Bootscooters provided a lovely change of pace with their fancy costumes and intricate footwork. Line dancing is not for the unfit or the fainthearted but was highly entertaining.
All feet were tapping along to the fabulous sound of Richo’s Ragtimers.
Erol Richardson on keyboard excelled as always, with his magnificent ragtime and jazz numbers.
Stafford Ray on guitar accompanied him with his invariable panache, and Robert Brooks charmed everyone with his glorious smile and superb playing on the double bass.
Their rendition of Caravan was a standout, even without their drummer, who was unexpectedly called away.
Afternoon tea was the usual resounding success. When you don’t know how many to cater for, it is no mean feat to satisfy their needs, but it was done with the usual competence and all enjoyed the delectable offerings.
As befitting a concert on Palm Sunday, Andy Pond used his wonderful voice to sing three songs about Jesus, with the audience joining in the final song from the available hymn books.
Mrs Saccharino was the final act of the day, and turned the concert into a kindergarten classroom.
Most were amused, some confused, a few were horrified and everyone offended as Mrs Saccharino gathered her favorites around her and rejected others to tell the story of the Naughty Fish.
The audience participation was hilarious, with everyone getting into the fun.
Rev John Thomas concluded the concert with thanks and good wishes for a safe and happy Easter.
With thanks to Kay Killick, Bateman’s Bay Uniting Church, for this report.