THE BALL PANTS
QUIRKY BY NAME & BY NATURE
Yes, that quirky little coffee shop almost hidden in a lane in Kings Cross, very quickly became home to a weird and wonderful assortment of music makers, arty types, drop-ins, drop-outs, folks high on life. Each night saw a regular flow of irregular folks, coming and going and sharing their dreams, tragedies and substances and with an ever present, effervescent good will that somehow held it all together.
And the music! From Bob Dylan’s folk to John Lee Hooker’s blues and pretty much everything between, it was a veritable busker’s cabaret accompanied by the aroma of fresh coffee and tasty light meals.
Such was the spirit of the place that all these years later, strange but true tales of the goings on are exchanged by those who were there, and remember.
MAGIC MEMORIES AND MUSIC
Now there is going to be a gathering of the scattered souls who “lived” there, to recapture a little of what it felt like in that little bohemian hole in the wall.
Just a street or two away in another old establishment, The Ball Pants will live again, up the creaky stairs in the Old Fitzroy Hotel in Woolloomooloo.
Join us for a night of remembering, reminiscing, snacks and great music played by some of the performers who were there, way back when.
GUEST OF HONOUR
Our special guest on the night will be the founder and owner of the Ball Pants, Roland “John” Arnold, who still resides in Kings Cross!
A special feature will be an exhibition of wonderful photographs taken at the Ball Pants by John from 1968 to 1971. The exhibition, kindly organised and curated by John’s son Arnie Arnold, will be on display at the gathering and the plan is for the exhibition to remain in the hotel for a short period of time after the reunion for people to come and see.
We were lucky to secure this wonderful space for our “reunion” and accordingly there is a small ticket charge. Thanks to the Facebook page "Does Anybody Remember the Ball Pants" many of the characters are back in touch and the hunt is on for folks scattered further afield.
The night will be dedicated to some characters who could not wait for the reunion but who will be fondly remembered anyway.