In the first 20 years of the Club’s existence, there was a hive of activity organising activities of dance, social and cultural events.

There were regular trips to visit other Clubs including Canberra, Melbourne, Geelong and Griffith. As other Slovenian Clubs held their milestone anniversary, this provided opportunities to travel, including a four day trip to Adelaide’s 40th Anniversary.


Dinner and Dance

A tradition of music, dancing and feasting brought the crowds together – a celebration of experiences shared by Feasting on simple traditional dishes transformed into bulk preparations to feed the hungry that travelled far and wide. In the small club kitchen, the team of volunteers toiled long hours, sometimes for days to cook and serve the meals to the guests that came.

The Slovenian dances were always popular, and a common goal was pursued in enjoying the deep-rooted tradition of singing, listening dancing to live music with the different styles of dance including polka and waltz.

Raffle draws were popular, and towards the end of the night, while the band packed up, the deep-rooted tradition of folk song harmony carried on until the crowds dwindled.

There was great support from Slovenian Clubs around Australia attending the dances and bocce competitions. As in good ethnic spirit, support also came from Italian Clubs including Albury Italian Club, Myrtleford Savoy Club, Griffith Yenda, Italia Social Club Tatura and Da Vinci Social Club Wangaratta.

The first group on visit from Slovenian following Independence was Big Ben from Nova Gorica. The musicians were very popular and the event was a great hit.

by Mary Kromar


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