LITTLE PATTIE is preparing to “Stompie Wompie” her way into the Highlands along with three other rock legends for the celebration of the Tulip Time 2010 Rock ’n’ Roll Dinner Dance in September. Announced recently at the Tulip Time entertainment program launch, Little Pattie will perform live, followed by fellow rock legends Glen Shorrock, Normie Rowe and Brian Cadd at a Rock ’n’ Roll Dinner Dance event. Tourism Southern Highlands executive manager Steve Rosa got into the rock spirit by bringing along to the launch his alias, “Jiving Joe”, wearing a leather jacket, jeans and a Goldies gang armband. It points to the type of evening the Rock ’n’ Roll dance will be, as Mr Rosa said, “We want to make it fun.” “Tulip Time for the past number of years has been very contemporary, but we wanted to really bring it to life – add colour, theatre and fun,” he said. And with Tulip Time celebrating its golden anniversary this year, dating back to the early 1960s, Mr Rosa thought it was a natural fit as the Rock ’n’ Roll dance aims to transport the community back to the decade of swing. The idea for the theme came about as Graeme Day and a few others saw the posters for Tulip Time 2010 and started thinking about how they could make this year’s festivities come alive. What better way than to celebrate the year Tulip Time started than with the rock legends of the decade? “It’s a great line-up and celebration as well as fundraising; a great, fun way of bringing the community together,” Day said. But if slicking the hair back and dragging out the leather jacket isn’t your thing, there will also be an opportunity to put on the tux for a black tie occasion at Milton Park. It’s the Mayoral Veuve Clicquot cocktail party event with entertainment provided by Australian musician Katie Noonan. Proceeds from both events will be donated to this year’s Tulip Time charity, Youth Off The Streets. Tickets are on sale now for the Rock ’n’ Roll Dinner Dance scheduled for Thursday, September 23, at Mittagong RSL Club and the Mayoral Veuve Clicquot cocktail party on Friday, September 24. Dinner dance tickets cost $85 per person, or for a group of 10 individual tickets will be $80. Tickets for the Milton Park event cost $150 a person. Phonethe separate venues to book.