Story & photo Eve Jeffery
Sitting under the vast verandah of the Bangalow Heritage House Museum & Cafe, it is easy to be carried back in time by the cool breeze and grassy surrounds of this Bangalow landmark.
For 20 years the Bangalow Historical Society Inc has overseen the Bangalow Heritage House Museum & Cafe. President of the Bangalow Historical Society, Trisha Bleakley, says that she really enjoys engaging with the community and being part of a team that are custodians of Bangalow History.
‘It’s a quiet and beautiful setting next to the parklands – we offer a friendly and welcoming service, good food and access to Bangalow History.’
The large eating area, both indoors and out, make it a perfect combination of great food and history for both patrons and staff. ‘We want the community to see Heritage House as their own, a place they can be proud of and to recommend it to friends and family. A place of welcome to visitors from near and far.’
Next month the venue is having a fundraiser. ‘Bringing the past into the present’ is one of the functions of the Bangalow Historical Society and its museum and cafe. The popular community facility is set to broaden its appeal by hosting temporary art exhibitions; creating opportunities for local emerging artists to gain exposure for their work.
The committee is seeking sponsors to donate $100 to buy doors; which will be configured in various combinations around the museum and on which will hang artwork. A number of doors have already been sponsored but more are needed for the first exhibition, to be held December 11–12, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. These opening events are COVID Safe and tickets will cost $20, to provide much needed funds for the museum. This will include a drink on arrival, and other refreshments will be on sale.
The first exhibition is Terry Bleakley’s Emotional Landscapes – a series of acrylic mounts that celebrate the beauty and permanence of the landscape by inserting images of people – taken from 70-year-old home movie footage – into Terry’s contemporary landscape photography.
Tickets are available from Heritage House by calling 66872183, or go to [email protected] or by contacting the museum on Facebook Messenger.
The Bangalow Historical Society are looking for volunteers who would like to be involved with Heritage House either in the museum or the cafe.