Beekman on Bees

Australian Native Bees
Guest presenter

Professor Madeleine Beekman

Come along and learn about Australian Native Bees
Have a look at a living hive
Find out how to identify them in the bush and encourage them in your gardens

Saturday 10 May 2014

Venue: Pearl Beach Progress Hall
Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm
Cost: Free to active Bushcare Volunteers
RSVP: Friday 2nd May 2014

Morning tea will be provided

Limited Spaces – Book Now!

Confirm your attendance to:
Phone: 4325 8490

Pearl Beach Events Update

Saturday 19th April

Easter Saturday Book Fair
Venue: Memorial Hall
Proceeds to Hall upkeep
Times: 9am – 5pm

Thousands of pre-loved books on sale
Collectables & Bric-a-Brac, raffle
Pim’s Cafe
Entry: free

Friday 25th April

Anzac Day – Memorial Service
Venue: Memorial Hall
Times: 10am – 12 noon
Cost: donation to Legacy

Morning Tea provided
All welcome

Saturday 10th May

Australian Native Bees Seminar
Venue: Memorial Hall
Times: 10am – 12.30pm
Cost: Free to Bushcare Volunteers
Morning tea provided

RSVP Essential – 4325 8490

Saturday 17th May

Autumn Stomp with “the Rewbies”
Vocals, solos, foot-stompin rhythms
Music of the 60’s; 70’s & 80’s
Venue: Memorial Hall
Times: 6pm – 10pm
Cost: $40 per person
Includes two course dinner, & welcome drink
BYO other refreshments
Bookings essential: 4344 2319

Saturday 31st May

Junior Showcase Concert
Support our young CC Conservatorium
Musicians Venue: Memorial Hall

Times: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Cost: Donation appreciated
All welcome

Sunday 1st June

Pearl Beach Music and Irvine Family
Piano Scholarship Concert
Performed by Students of the CC Conservatorium

Venue: Memorial Hall
Times: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Cost: Donation appreciated
All welcome

June Long Weekend
Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th

Music Festival – 21st Anniversary Concert
“Pearl Beach Discovers the “Romance of Music”
Venue: Memorial Hall
Times: 2.30pm and 7.30 pm daily
Ticket costs: $35 & $40, child $20
Special Four concert package $130
Deadline 1 May – Bookings: 4343 1455

Exciting four concert program
Simon Tedeschi returns with Violist Roger Benedict,
Lipman Harp Duo, Camerata Ensemble and
Divine Dvorak…
Proceeds to hall upkeep
Event Enquiries: 4344 2319

August – date TBA

Possible Trivia Night
Fundraising event
Proceeds to the Pearl Beach Rural Fire Brigade

Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd August

Pearl Beach Glee Club 2014 Variety Concert

Venue: Memorial Hall
Times: 7.30pm Friday, 2.30pm Saturday
Cost: Adults $20, Child under 15 $10
(Includes Program and welcome drink)
Bookings: 4343 1455

Sunday 21st September

Afternoon Tea with –
Ian Cooper and his Gypsy Hot Club
Re-live the days of Bohemian Paris and
the Hot Club of France

Venue: Memorial Hall
Times: 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Cost: $40 includes afternoon tea
Wine/soft drink by donation
Bookings: 4344 2319

Saturday 27th September

Pearl Beach Food & Wine Fare
Hunter & Local produce& boutique wines

Venue: Memorial Hall
Times: 10am – 5pm
Cost: free entry
Enquiries: 4344 2319
Proceeds to hall upkeep

October Long Weekend

Friday 3rd, grand opening
Saturday 4th to Monday 6th
Showoffs Art Exhibition & Sale
Works by Marijke Greenway & Pim Sarti
Venue: Memorial Hall
Times: TBA
Enquiries: 4341 6004


Community Dinner – TBA

Twilight Carol – TBA

General Meeting First Saturday of each month– all welcome

Music Fest Tix Now Available

Pearl Beach June Long Weekend 21st Classical Music Festival



** Celebrating the Romance of Music **

Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th June 2014


Proudly presented by the Pearl Beach Progress Association, the 21st June Long Weekend Music Festival will celebrate the romance of music, carrying the audience away on a magical journey.     There are many ways of listening to music, but the live experience in the intimate atmosphere of the Pearl Beach Memorial Hall is a truly memorable one.

This year’s program offers a diversity of performers and instruments.  The weekend festival opens on Saturday afternoon, 7th with the Sydney Camerata Quartet featuring brilliant saxophonist Nick Russoniello.  The  program includes Schubert’s ‘Death and the Maiden’ String Quartet and Busch’s Quintet.

Lynne Lillico, festival co-ordinator comments “we wanted to add a little sparkle to the Saturday and Sunday evening concerts to celebrate the 21st festival.  So we’re inviting people to dress up on those nights, black tie, or white, you’re choice.  On arrival, a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and lucky door prizes will add to the party atmosphere”.

Saturday evening we are thrilled to welcome back Simon Tedeschi performing a delightful classical program with SSO Principal Viola, Roger Benedict.  They will play Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata and works by Martinu, Shostakovich and Hans Gal”.

Sunday afternoon back by popular demand, Lipman Harp Duo plays two of the most beautiful and sensual of instruments in their own arrangements of Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’, Russian Folk Melodies and Rossini’s ‘Prayer’.

The weekend finale’ on Sunday evening presents ‘Divine Dvorak in the USA’ performed by Violins: Susan Collins & Karina Hollands, Viola: Peter Garrity, Cello: Sally Maer, and Piano: Phillip Shovk.  They will inspire and entertain with Dvorak’s masterpieces ‘The American’ String Quartet and Piano Quintet in A Major.

We invite you to delight in the romance of music at the 2014 Pearl Beach Classical Music Festival!

Bookings: 4343 1455                                                                                   

Tickets; $35 and $40

Credit card transaction additional $4

Child under 15; $20 &  $10

Festival Package all four concerts; $130 – saving $20

Bushcare Update

Current happenings

The year started with weeding at North Coral Crescent in February.

We received our first tranche of propagated material from Gosford Council in time for planting at the Lagoon on 1st of March. Planting was in accordance with guidance from Robert Payne, taking into account the presence of EECs.

The residual plants have been assigned to sites. Some additional plantings from this stock of plants will be carried out along the western edge of the Lagoon outside the EEC during March.

On Saturday 5th April we will meet at 0900 at North Coral Crescent for a planting session. We expect another portion of the propagated plants to become available in time for this and we will tabulate where these can be planted. However, even if the assignment is delayed we will have a fair number of plants that have been assigned to North Coral Crescent. There is also some Paspalum to tackle along the Pearl Beach end of the headland path.

From this base site a small number of people under the guidance of Robert will take the plants assigned for Paul Landa Reserve and complete this before returning for MORNING TEA.

The recent emphasis on planting has gone down well with members and we encourage anyone thinking of helping us to come along and join in. Our morning teas are excellent as is the camaraderie.

There is also a Bushcare sponsored talk at Pearl Beach Hall on Saturday 10th May by Madeleine Beekman. The poster is on the corner of Pearl Beach Drive and Diamond Rd.

Return of the Book Fair!


9am – 5pm * Saturday 19th April 2014
Memorial Hall
9 Diamond Road Pearl Beach

As a significant event on the Pearl Beach yearly calendar, this year’s annual Book Fair promises to be no exception, so be early to snap up that special book bargain. Now in its 38th year, the event is the largest single fundraising activity with proceeds going toward the memorial hall repairs and upkeep.

Books 2013 12 big crowd

Bill Abbott, Book Fair organiser says “each year we have been fortunate to receive large numbers of books from members of the community who donate for many reasons including an increase in electronic books, moving house or downsizing, and we are extremely grateful for these wonderful books ‘ He continues, “there is still a passion to open the pages of a printed book, revealing wonderful secrets, and powerful words that take the reader into another world, and this year is no exception with thousands of books waiting to be snapped up”

The buzz of the crowd adds to the festival atmosphere, providing the perfect environment to search out that special book bargain. Titles will include reference, educational, cooking, gardening, business, art, travel and hundreds of novels. The Children’s corner is always popular with small readers excited by what they find.

The collectables and bric-a-brac tables are jammed packed with exciting treasures, and pre-loved items.

Once again we have the traditional homemade cake stall and jams providing that special treat, always a sell-out so come early to avoid disappointment, and back by popular demand is Pim’s café serving delicious refreshments and lunch at reasonable prices.

Saturday 19th April 2014
9am – 5pm

Pearl Beach Memorial Hall, 9 Diamond Road, Pearl Beach, 2256
Further information – 02 4344 2319 proceeds to hall upkeep and maintenance

Having Fun at the 2014 January Pearl Beach Kids Club

Lily Frost 2014

The Pearl Beach Kids Club, an initiative of the Pearl Beach Progress Association, once again presented a series of activities throughout January. Events included Family Bingo; Kids Yoga; Tennis coaching; Cook-up; Summer by the Sea art class; Kids disco; Walk on the Wildside in the Crommelin Arboretum and culminating with Australia Day on the beachfront.

Each activity attracted large numbers of enthusiastic young locals and visitors, many accompanied by parents or guardians. The events provided activities to suit all ages including young cooking enthusiasts who were shown how to make colourful “Cup Cakes”.

Once again local artist Marijke Greenway held a “Summer by the Sea” art workshop with the focus on Pearl Beach Rock Pools. Young art enthusiast’s ages ranging from 8 to 12 years old participated in a creative workshop where they were coached in art form, colour and design using paint and pastels. Marijke comments “by using artistic examples I hope to motivate budding young artists”. At the conclusion of the workshop an exhibition of the completed works was placed on display for family and friends to enjoy, and a certificate of participation was presented to each of the children.

A crowd of enthusiasts participated in the annual “Walk on the Wildside” in the Crommelin Native Arboretum. Volunteer experts lead small groups of children and parents on a journey through this unique flora and fauna bushland setting travelling along small trails identifying indigenous and botanical species in this special setting which is home to birds, insects and reptiles, who fly, slither and crawl.

The culmination of the morning was a presentation by renowned Reptile and Amphibian expert, Mr Hal Cogger, assisted by snake handler Peter Street, presenting a hands-on experience with a variety of reptiles including pythons, and lizards. Mr Cogger comments “it is extremely satisfying to see the enthusiasm and excitement of the young people when they are able to touch and hold these wonderful examples from the reptile world”.

Australia Day an annual event on the Pearl Beach beachfront once again attracted large crowds who enjoyed a variety of activities including beach games and races, a fun fair, and sausage sizzle. Musical entertainment was provided by the Gosford City Brass Band with the National Anthem and I Still Call Australia Home performed beautifully by Central Coast soprano Lauren Turner.

Pearl Beach father and daughter Andrew Frost and Lily aged 8, presented an interesting overview of “Why I Live in Pearl Beach”. Andrew’s family were early settlers and he recalled the many houses they owned and occupied in Amethyst Avenue, and the days when local fishermen would tack their catch on the “Trophy Tree” which is still located on the beachfront. Whereas, Lily regaled the wonders of Pearl Beach, exploring the many places with her family and friends which is why it is fun living in Pearl Beach.