Gen­eral-ly speak­ing of course

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE - By JUSTIN JENVEY

CO-OWN­ERS of The Gen­eral, Steve Pen­ning­ton and Dar­ren White de­scribe it best when they say it has dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties at dif­fer­ent times of the day.

Any­one that’s been to Hotham is fa­mil­iar with The Gen­eral whether you have been there morn­ing or night or for a cof­fee, beer, meal or to party.

Once the lifts stop turn­ing it’s prob­a­bly Hotham’s most pop­u­lar venue and there’s some­thing hap­pen­ing ev­ery night, gen­er­ally some mu­si­cian or band play­ing, but even on qui­eter nights like Tues­day a crowd still files through the doors for trivia.

“It’s a su­per­mar­ket, post of­fice or cof­fee shop in the morn­ing,” White said.

“It gets a lit­tle bit busier at lunchtime, it’s quite busy in the af­ter­noon and then re­ally busy for din­ner with fam­i­lies and all sorts of dif­fer­ent peo­ple.

“At 9pm they have all left and ev­ery young per­son comes here and it takes on a whole dif­fer­ent per­son­al­ity again.

“Even dur­ing the night it does, with the two dif­fer­ent lev­els there might be elec­tronic mu­sic up­stairs and then live acous­tic mu­sic down­stairs.”

While it’s recog­nised as Hotham’s num­ber one en­ter­tain­ment venue, as the home of DJ Eddy as well as reg­u­larly host­ing vis­it­ing bands and acts what The Gen­eral serves up in terms of en­ter­tain­ment, it con­tin­ues to ex­pand.

“We have tried to run a fair bit of après ac­tion this year as well as light DJing in the af­ter­noon,” Pen­ning­ton said.

“We in­tro­duced a few of our guys on staff like Mark Hogg and Benny Wil­liams who play acous­tic.

“When a swell of peo­ple come in we might pull them out of the bar or wher­ever and just pop them up on stage to per­form for a while and peo­ple love it.”

Pen­ning­ton said that’s what The Gen­eral is

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