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Blue Mountains Tourist : Summer 2010-2011
summer 2010-11 www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au 5 There may well be performances of the Black Bottom, the Shimmy and even the Varsity Drag in and around the Blue Mountains in February 2011 as the region indulges in a month long festival -- 'The Roaring 20s ... And All That Jazz'. The 1920s was a 'roaring' time in the region, as it was around the world. After the upheaval of World War 1, the 'old' way of life was turned upside down. Both society and fashion in the 1920s changed at an unprecedented pace. The era was further distinguished by several inventions and discoveries of far-reaching importance, unprecedented industrial growth, accelerated consumer demand and aspirations and significant changes in lifestyle. Women started to express their individuality via hair cuts, clothing styles, drinking, dancing and (shock- horror!) smoking. People were ready to party, ready to holiday and ready to forget what they had been through and the magic of the jazz age kicked off. Katoomba was enjoying a boom period. The motor car revolutionised tourism and coach firms flourished, with some guest houses even maintaining their own fleets. To the holiday-makers and honeymooners who flocked here, Katoomba was the holiday capital of the state. People spent the days touring the sights in charabancs or promenading in the bracing mountain air to put 'roses' in their cheeks; and in the evenings danced, roller-skated and attended the latest moving pictures. 1920s fads included flagpole sitting, goldfish swallowing, dance marathons and crossword puzzles. Whilst none of these will be on the calendar during 'The Roaring 20s... And All that Jazz' festival, the Blue Mountains Lithgow and Oberon region invite you to re-live this golden era by attending one of the many activities and events being hosted throughout the month of February. You can choose to re-live the visit of the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth), to Jenolan Caves. There will be special cave tours commemorating the visit, a vintage car display and a royal dinner in the evening at Chisolm's Restaurant in Caves House (Saturday 5 February). Or you may decide to let the language flow at the Speak Easy in The Carrington Hotel Lounge (Friday 11 February) or enjoy the Highlands Heritage Steam Festival including a 1920s classic vehicle display at Oberon (Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 February). You can sit at the flicks at the 1920s movie festival being screened in Lithgow (Friday 25 and Saturday 26 February). Movies showing are all 1920s themed. There's an invitation to come up and see sketches by renowned Australian artist Norman Lindsay (Saturday 19 February), pull on your plus fours and play a round at Leura Golf Club (Sunday 20 February) or mellow out with the sounds of Sunset Jazz at Mount Tomah Botanic Garden (Saturday 12 February). And if you want to don your finery and do the Black Bottom, the Shimmy or the Varsity Drag, book your tickets for the 1920s Ball in the Grand Dining Room of The Carrington Hotel (Saturday 12 February). For further information on all the festival events and activities go to www.visitbluemountains.com.au • Roaring 20s fact file • • In 1925 there were 274 cottages available for holiday rental in and around the Upper Blue Mountains. Christmas was the most popular period with three months the average stay! • Families would often stay for the summer -- the 'breadwinner' male would work in the city through the week and travel up to be with his family for weekends. • Here's a list of the inclusions advertised for a holiday rental during the era: On permanent bus route, ideal sleep-out, organ (upmarket property), chip bath heater (there was running hot water, so the chip bath was an extra luxury of sorts), electric lights, water, sewer, ironing point (remember they stayed for three months), lock-up garage. • It was the era of guest houses, some fine examples of which remain today and are still used as accommodation properties. These include what was then known as The Wentworth (now the YHA) in Lurline Street, The Mountain Heritage and the Palais Royale. • Upmarket guest houses were termed 'coffee palaces'. • Dining options, in addition to the facilities provided by guest houses, included kiosks that served light refreshments (today these are Solitary and the Arts Caf ). Katoomba even had an oyster bar (now the Niagara). • Even in the 1920s there were organised tours. Buses would take visitors to the following scenic locations such as Narrow Neck, Katoomba Golf Links, Orphan Rock, Katoomba Falls, Katoomba Cascades and Jenolan Caves. • Souvenirs were very popular then as now. Favourite items included crockery with images of the Three Sisters and Leura Cascades, postcards and postcard booklets and mountain devil figurines. Reprise -- 'The Roaring 20s ... And all that jazz! by Melissa Humphrey BOUTIQUE HOTEL "Affordable service and style right near the Three Sisters!" 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