In the early twentieth century, Frank Sinatra asked his paramour to 'fly me to the moon'. In 2019, the Redlands Museum is inviting aerophiles to fly to back to the 1940s to celebrate the opening of Aeronaut, a collection of aviation-themed paintings by Troy White.
Troy White uses his love of aviation, as well as his experiences as a pilot and professional skydiver, to create vivid, large scale paintings that simulate the manoeuvres of flight and the limitlessness of the sky. His works encompass modern and vintage, military and civilian, and real and fantastical; in Aeronaut, expect to find time travel, flying boats, and sports parachuting.
The Aeronaut Dinner Dance will take place 19 October at Redland Museum Hangar (60 Smith Street, Cleveland) and promises a night of fun, food and entertainment. For $85 per ticket, guests will receive a 2-course meal boasting slow-cooked beef, Vietnamese coconut prawn, chocolate brownie or apple tart, while enjoying performances by appropriately retro bands:
Sunny V and All That Jazz, an Esk based band performing jazz, popular and swing dance hits, features the eponymous Sunny V on vocals and band members providing piano, clarinet, saxophone and bass guitars accompaniment.
The members of Amberley Brass, a modern brass band based in Ipswich, are a mix of serving, volunteer and retired Air Force, Army and Navy personnel. They will be accompanied by vocalists on the night.
Leah Lever is a soprano who specialises in the classics of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. The teenager is the mentee and spiritual descendant of world-famous soprano and fellow Redlands citizen Mirusia.
The event, a fundraiser for Redland Museum, will also feature raffles and auctions, with a $5000 prize draw.
Founded as a Rotary Club of Cleveland project in 1968, the Redland Museum opened officially in 1970. Museum volunteers have spent 40 years documenting, preserving and displaying the history and culture of the area since 1842. The museum is a social history of the Redlands area told across more than 14 000 artefacts displayed across 2700 square metres, with exhibits including machinery, fashions, toys and other items from the past.
The dinner dance begins 1800 hours on 19 October and tickets can be purchased here.