Community unites to celebrate Dorrigo icon
HERITAGE Hotel Dorrigo was the centre of attention when Dorrigo locals, former residents and community leaders paid tribute to the iconic Dorrigo landmark's 90th birthday this weekend.
Multiple speakers paid tribute to Michael Feros, a Greek immigrant whose vision and energy led to the construction of a hotel that would become well known for its architectural splendour.
They also spoke of the "can-do attitude" and spirit of Dorrigo's citizenry that helped to forge a thriving town in the early 1900s out of a beautiful, but rugged wilderness.
It was this spirit, according to current owner Peter Feros, son of Michael, which supported his father's confidence and determination to complete his vision and see the Heritage Hotel Dorrigo open its doors 90 years ago.
Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey supported the tribute to the people of the Dorrigo Plateau, the hotel, and the Feros family.
Ms Pavey reinforced the importance of fostering local heritage and the role government plays in this goal describing her vision for continuing to develop tourism in the region.
The event culminated in a ceremony when Peter Feros quoted a letter from Michael Feros published in the Don Dorrigo Gazette on March 14, 1941.
"The letter describes (Michael Feros') gratitude and appreciation to the citizens of Dorrigo for their support and his donation of a national flag of Greece to symbolise their ties and friendship," Peter said.
This letter inscribed on a plaque along with the original Greek flag, was presented to Dorrigo Historical Society president to Lynn Burke.
Attendees to the event, including former locals who travelled from interstate, heard talks on the history of the Dorrigo Plateau.
They were also treated to a sumptuous dinner inspired by meals that were served to patrons 90 years ago and perfected by chef Steve Locke.
The 90th Birthday of the Heritage Hotel Motel Dorrigo continues this afternoon with an open day for Dorrigo residents to view many of its heritage features and hear how the hotel continues to evolve its relevance for today's guests.