Katoomba’s annual Lady Luck festival brings the town alive – Katoomba Street bedecked with classic cars, the front lawns of the historic Carrington hotel taken over by swing dancing and vintage and retro clothing stalls, and the mountain air filled with the beats of rockabilly music. This year was no different, although the weather did not cooperate, and the popular parasols were swapped for stylish umbrellas.
The Carrington hosted a number of events from film screenings and burlesque workshops to the ‘Diner and Dance’, complete with American-style diner food, swing dancing, and performances by the Sydney Swing Katz, Fire Down Below, Porcelain and the Porcelain Dolls, Wes Pudsey and The Sonic Aces, The Hellcat III and more, and an inaugural best-dressed ‘Miss Lady Luck’ competition was held. I was fortunate enough to be able to act as judge, which was pretty much an impossible task considering the high level of the entrants. (Congratulations to Miss Veedub on her win in head to toe 1950s, as well as the runners up, mum and bub ‘Baby CC and Miss Tee Cee’, and Clare McCutcheon pictured below.) I was also fortunate enough to be able to drop in to Memphis Mae‘s Burlesque Workshop, where we learned to bump and grind, and strike some rather saucy poses. As Mae says, ‘Burlesque is parody. It’s all about having fun and enjoying your body.’ It was awesome fun, and I don’t think we stopped laughing.
Here are some highlights from the day, from the women of Heels for Combat Boots, who work to assist military veterans who struggle with TBI and PTSD, to Miss Pixie and the team from Boogie Bop Dames working madly to style the guests, Memphis Mae’s burlesque workshop, Miss Lady Luck, and the Diner and Dance, captured by my husband Berndt Sellheim. A big thank you to everyone who was so lovely to us on the day, and our dates to the Diner and Dance, Kane and Sharelyn. (Ahoy!)
* All photographs copyright of Berndt Sellheim.