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All the news from the KCCC for this month.
The next meeting will be Thursday 14th April.
We hope to see you there.

MINUTES of the last meeting available at the foot of this page, or on our website (links below).
Welcome to all new members and thank you to those who have paid up memberships. If you have not, they were due on 1/10/15. Please pay via EFT, or at the next meeting. Bank details can be found on the membership form on our website.
Meeting dates for 2016....
(second Thursday of each month):
April 14th
May 12th
June 9th
July 14th
August 11th
September 8th
October 13th
November 10th (AGM)
December 8th (Christmas drinks)

Arts & Activities ...

                                              


BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL CENTRE 
Coming soon ...  
                                                                   
   

                    
                   
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GARDENING NEWS ...

Katoomba St Blooms

Katoomba Street garden volunteers - from left: Charlie Brown, Lui Friscioni, Kerry Brown, Jean Cowley, Mark Jarvis, Margaret Brown. Photo by Dan Long.

The recent blooming of Katoomba Street is set to continue as the KCCC rolls on from barrel planters to garden beds.

Over the summer, the Chamber purchased the colourful annuals and perennials now planted in twenty-four wine barrels that stretch down both sides of the street.

Mark Jarvis, President of the Chamber and General Manager of the Carrington Hotel, said, “Tourist towns around the world use flowers to beautify their streets and create an air of festivity. The Chamber decided to do what we could for Katoomba.”

Mark said that many shopkeepers and the congregation of St Hilda’s Church have happily accepted responsibility for watering the barrel of flowers outside their premises. Some have also taken the initiative with planting. “Lui Friscioni and Louise Florence of Heart of Stone have created a fantastic display in the barrels and bed outside their shop. They are part of the Chamber’s volunteer team caring for all the barrels.”
 
He said the team also includes Katoomba Garden Club members Margaret and Charlie Brown, Edith Jones and Jean Crowley.  Local horticulturist Kerry Brown has donated her time to select and oversee most of the planting which has extended into a few street beds.
 
Kerry Brown said that local shopkeepers and residents were very appreciative when they passed volunteers working on the barrels.  However, plant thefts and vandalism had caused temporary setbacks. 
 â€œThe selfishness of a few individuals is disheartening. And, of course, it adds to our workload and costs,” she said.
 
Mark Jarvis said the Katoomba Chamber has now also signed a volunteer agreement with Council to help weed and improve the garden bed displays of Katoomba Street.
 
He said that volunteers are vital to the ongoing success of the project and the KCCC welcomes any community members or businesses who would like to participate in the Katoomba in Bloom project.
 
Anyone who is interested can contact the Katoomba in Bloom team on 4782 2883 or secretary@katoombachamber.com

 





Katoomba's iconic Paragon turns 100 in September this year and the FOP have been working on their main commemoration project, which is a detailed history of the Paragon. Work on this project has been undertaken by FOP over the past 2 years.  
 
The FOP was initially formed in 2013 and was incorporated late last year. They are a volunteer group and their general aims and objectives are:
* To support the preservation, maintenance and development of the fabric, furniture, fittings and equipment of The Paragon restaurant, chocolate and confectionery factory in Katoomba NSW
 
* To provide a forum and resource for those interested in the history and operation of The Paragon
 
* To foster and maintain good relations between the upper mountains community and the business and supporters of The Paragon.
 
FOP now have a website http://theparagonhistory.com.au and a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/friendsoftheparagonkatoomba/
 
The principal writer overseeing the project is local author Patsy Hollis (former editor of Cleo Magazine, Vogue Living UK, and writer of ABC TV's production The Collectors). It is envisaged that this will be a glossy coffee table-style book of around 120 pages. 
 
The project is dependent on being able to raise the money to publish the book and FOP are seeking to raise $14,000 for this purpose. They have set up a crowd-funding project http://www.pozible.com/project/203964 as their main fundraiser.  Without funds this project cannot go ahead.   
 
The Paragon is a significant part of Blue Mountains history and has been listed on the NSW State Heritage Register.  They are also preparing to launch an education program for Primary School Students in conjunction with the NSW History Syllabus.
 
The Paragon welcomes any support the KCCC or its members are able to give FOP to achieve their goal. Spreading the word on the project would be a good start as crowd-funding success relies on this.  
 
Robyn Parker can be contacted via email - robynp@iinet.com.au
or phone on 0466979800.

An invitation from the NSW Business Chamber

                                          
                       

Dates for your diary.... Click the names for hotlines to the websites.
Plan to be involved, have visitors up that weekend, or tie these events to a promotion for your business:


Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
MAPSPACE:
Contemporary artists from the Blue Mountains & the Central West
12 March – 24 April 2016
HAYLEY WEST:

Remnants of the dead and demands on the living
9 April - 15 May 2016

http://bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au/

Paragon Cafe
FRI 22nd APRIL - Kristin Hersh (USA) - concert and dinner package
https://www.facebook.com/TheParagonCafe

Sculpture @ Scenic World
8th April to 8th May 2016

http://www.scenicworld.com.au/event/sculpture-at-scenic-world-2016/

SAVE THE DATE: Sat 4 June 2016
The Carrington Hotel are excited to welcome back ARTY BRA for it's 4th annual fundraising auction in support of Blue Mountains Cancer Help.
2016 will also see the introduction of ARTY TIE.
For further info and to register visit www.cancerhelp.net.au or contact
Blue Mountains Cancer Help on 02-4782 4866


Winter Magic Festival, Katoomba

Saturday 18th June 2016
http://www.wintermagic.com.au/
 
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