Update - December 5

Posted by Go Waihi on 05/12/2012

The countdown is on, not just for Christmas, but also the New Year. We have just one more sleep until Waihi’s Christmas Parade tomorrow, 18 more sleeps until Christmas, 25 sleeps and we’re into 2013 and about 275 sleeps until my birthday, but I’ll remind you about that closer to the time. Exams are all over, senior schools are out with the rest following soon enough, and you have to say the weather hasn’t been too bad, with even better on the way we’re told. Christmas shopping in earnest has begun, and we have some great shops right on our doorstep so you can shop locally and support your neighbours and local businesses. Parking in Waihi is free with no time limit, and there are plenty of eateries to cater for the hunger pangs.

Yes on Saturday Waihi’s annual Christmas Parade with Go Waihi and Harcourt’s Waihi is all on. Santa will be in the last float with the Waihi Lions, keep an eye out for him (I hope you’ve been behaving this year). Listen for the bagpipes at 1 pm, very soon afterwards the floats will be heading up Seddon St and the main shopping centre, so make sure you’re all settled into a good position early. We’re lucky we can get the crowd so close to the action with great viewing points, and we remind parents and everyone to keep an eye on the young ones; they can get carried away and we don’t want anyone rushing out into the way of the vehicles. If you haven’t entered your float yet, turn up Saturday in Moresby Ave and we’ll get you signed off ready for the start. Remember that Seddon St will be closed from midday to 2 pm, and as always with Go Waihi, rule number 1 is to have FUN!!

This is your invitation to come to Waihi’s Christmas Market Day tomorrow from 9.30 am and rolling through the parade at 1 pm. We’ve got Gerry Lee to entertain you outside the Waihi Memorial Hall, and an interesting mix of stalls to go alongside all the shops that have sales and specials on. Shop locally and support our local businesses, and save the time and hassle of going out of town. Think of the drive time, the petrol, the hassles with parking – and the cost. Waihi has parking downtown that’s free, with no time limit. There are also some big car parks just one street over from the CBD, and if you get hungry Waihi has plenty of eateries whether it’s something light to fill a gap, or more substantial.

Waihi’s Dynamik Hip Hop Dance Show at Waihi Memorial Hall Saturday has dancers from Waihi, Waihi Beach and as far away as Hamilton and Te Puke coming to perform. Starting at 6 pm there will be a variety of performers that will excite and delight both young and old. Some guest dancers have performed at the world hip hop champs so I’d say you’re in for an action packed show for just $10 for adults and $7 for children. Youngies are free. Contact Leanne for tickets on 027 3232 124.

Waihi’s Women’s Choir is going out in the street to sing for you. On Friday December 21 from 11.30 am they’ll be outside Waihi Memorial Hall singing lots of Christmas Carols, and possibly a few other numbers, and I’ve heard a rumour there may be an instrumental trio performing afterwards too. Get your vocals ready to sing along to all your favourite carols, and just hum if you don’t know the words.

Hard on the heels of their last exhibition Waihi Art Centre and Museum is celebrating their 50th Jubilee with their Summer Exhibition. From Sunday they have a retrospective Eric Lee-Johnson Exhibition as well as the ‘Then and Now Photography Exhibition’ on. 50 black and white images covering 50 years should be very interesting. This will run through until the end of January.

Hauraki District Council staff have been busy adding to the Christmas lights in downtown Waihi, and they’ll be worth a night time drive to have a look at. Multi coloured lights through lots of the trees through town have been added to with more lights on our lampposts. The Poppet Head is also lit up at night, a nice beacon to town from on the Tauranga Rd. If you’ve got lights decorating your place let us know and we’ll try to let others know where the displays are.

This Sunday the Ohinemuri singers are performing their Christmas programme at St John’s Anglican church in upper Seddon St. You’ll get to hear some of the pieces they performed recently for Praise Be, as well as your old Christmas favourites. They may spring a few surprises along the way, in a carol and Church song compendium which starts at 7 pm.

Sunday from 1 pm auditions are being held for Waihi Drama Society’s April production, the comedy ‘The Old People Are Revolting’. Go to www.waihidramasociety.co.nz to find out about parts, and to book an audition time call Tracey on 07 863 5056.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: If you get up one more time than you fall down, you’ll make it through.