Last Jazz in the Pines for the year

THIS Sunday is the last chance for residents of The Hills to be treated to a day of soothing jazz melodies and sounds with the last Jazz at The Pines concert for the year.
Nanjing Night Net

Visitors to the event which is at the historical homestead Roughley House at Dural can bring a packed picnic lunch and take a seat among the tall pines and lavish gardens which surround the house, built in 1856.

The jazz group Mike Hallam’s Hot 6 will take to the stage and entertain onlookers with their easy-listening songs.

Roughley House

The Pines historic house volunteers Christine Martin and Dorothy Scott. Thursday, 7 March 2013. Photo: Gene Ramirez Roughley House

Jazz at the Pines

Jazz at The Pines has been entertaining visitors for more than 17 years and attracts people from all over the state.

Roughley House volunteer Dorothy Scott said it’s a lovely spot to relax to beautiful music.

“It’s a place where you can be an actual jazz fan and come exclusively for the music or just spend an afternoon with friends and family and enjoy good food and music,” Ms Scott said.

During band breaks you can take a free tour of Roughley House to hear its history from the convict days up to now.

The Roughley family’s story in Australia began in 1817 when Joseph Roughley and his son James were convicted of theft and given a seven-year sentence in Australia.

Ms Scott said the house was Dural’s hidden gem.

“Just talking to people locally I’m amazed at the number of people who’ve lived in the area for a considerable amount of time and are unaware of the existence of Roughley House,” Ms Scott said.

“People are flabbergasted when they discover that a well-maintained piece of history is right in their midst.

“It has layers of history because it’s got some of the original furniture which dates back to the second half of the 19th century plus more recent items of furniture and homewares.”

There is a dance floor next to the stage and home-made sweets, tea and coffee will also be available.

Tickets cost $14 (adults), $12 (concessions) and $28 (families). Money raised from ticket sales and purchases goes towards the upkeep of the historic property.

■Details: [email protected] or 9651 4411.

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