Update - February 20

Posted by Go Waihi on 20/02/2012

I hope you had a good Valentine’s Day, and not only received but gave a Valentine message to that special person. Tell you what, just do it any day, don’t wait for one day a year. We’ve still got plenty of warm weather to come, so keep the outdoors top of mind, and the water is quite warm at the moment too. School fees, books, camps, uniforms, oh and lunch as well, the costs can be a struggle, but hopefully it’s all under control and you’re budgeting OK.

ECHO Walking Festival is gearing up to be another popular fortnight of walks around our region. Between April 10 and 22, we have walks from one hour to six hours, from a pushchair friendly family walk to a trampers delight, forwarding streams and walking some rugged countryside. It’s all available so take advantage and book yourself on at least one walk this year. Brochures with walk descriptions are all around the district, and you can check them all out, as well as book, on line at www.echowalkfest.org.nz. Remember some have maximum numbers so get in early.

Weather permitting on the first and third Sunday (that’s this Sunday) of each month from 8.30 am into the early afternoon, Waihi Memorial RSA car park in lower Seddon St gets transformed into the Rotary Trust Car Boot Sale, with all sorts of bargains and goodies for sale. From fresh produce, picked that morning, to bottled pickles and jams, there’s always something different turning up, along with your favourites. If you’d like a site grab $6 and just turn up. That fee goes to Rotary and is used for their projects in our local community.

While it’s still 6 weeks away, Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop on Wednesday 28 March is a popular one with stall holders. Why wouldn’t it be with 400 to 500 hot rods and classic cars parked through the town centre, three bands playing and plenty of entertainment through the day? There’ll be a steady flow of people throughout the day with thousands expected in Waihi for this fun event. We have limited stall spaces available and I’d recommend getting in touch early if you’re wanting have a stall. To find out more and get a registration form that tells you all you need to know, contact us at Go Waihi as soon as you can.

There’s a start for you. Far so la tea doe and you’ve got the rest sorted. And I bet you know the rest of the words too. The Waihi Adult Community Choir is just being formed, and you can be part of it by turning up at Waihi Central School Hall on Monday with $5 to help cover costs, along with your dulcet tones of course. Start time is 6.30 pm finishing around 8 pm each Monday. Whether a baritone or soprano (or somewhere in between) they WANT YOU! Angela has details on 027 662 8826.

Richard O’Brien, and you can meet him at Waihi Beach Primary School’s Quiz Night and Fundraiser at Waihi Beach Community Hall next Friday, February 24th. I don’t know if he’s the quiz master, or if that will be a question, but why not get a group of up to eight together, or you can be placed in a team, and book for a good night out. On from 7 pm to 11 pm, it’s just $20, or $25 on the night, and remember cash for the drinks. Nibbles will be provided. Tickets are at several outlets and at Waihi Beach Primary School.

Who will outlast the others with the Gold FM Drag Race at Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop? Out dated clothes, outsized men, outrunning and outdoing each other out on the course, it’s all part of the fun. Get your team of three together and register before there’s an outrage. Some will outwit, others out perform or even outmanoeuvre, while others may just be ‘outstanding’ in their outcasts from the women’s wardrobe. Don’t be left out, get an entry form into your outstretched hand and be in from the outset, before this event is outlawed.

Well in this week’s column it is anyway. These markets are held on Sunday mornings from 10 am through into the afternoon with an ever changing array of home made goods, fresh produce and all sorts of other treasures for sale. You can have a stall too. Just call Dawn on 07 862 7452 for details. Remember it's held where the Karangahake Hall used to stand, and money from the stall fee goes towards the rebuild project.


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