Update May 30

Posted by Go Waihi on 30/05/2013

Not that I’ve been hanging out for it, but now it’s here I’m hanging on to it for as long as I can. Well three days is probably all I can keep a hold of Queen’s Birthday Weekend but it’s a long one and I’m pleased. You’ve probably guessed that by now. Wet or dry we’re in for busy times around the region. If you’re travelling enjoy your drive, and allow for one or two delays. Once you get here it’ll be worth your while. In fact some of us didn’t go home last time we visited and made this home instead, a good decision. We enjoy that holiday feeling every day, including the very short drive to and from work! And the beaches, the amazing walks, the eateries, the shopping, and the big towns are a maximum of an hour and a half away. Lifestyle, it’s a wonderful word. A couple of cooler days and nights certainly reminded us the seasons, they are a changin’. Now for the To Do list.

It’s a Book Fair Extraordinaire. Up for grabs at the Waihi Anglican Church Hall at the top of Seddon St tomorrow from 9 am and Sunday from 10 am are all of the above. Get along and stock up while helping Rotary Trust of Waihi and Waihi Beach Lions Club with their major fundraiser for the year. Whether it’s gardening, cooking, fiction, heating for medieval ant farms or something just to read on a wet day, you’re bound to find some bargains, and who knows what treasures. For any last minute donations call 07 863 5722, and thanks if you’ve already donated, they really appreciate your support.

Around 75 stalls will have something for all tastes on Sunday with the annual Waihi Beach Art and Craft Fair at the Beach Community Centre. Between 10 am ands 4 pm there’ll be preserves, toys, collectibles, baby wear, ceramics, jewellery, handbags, natural products; look the list is so long you’re best to go along yourself, it’s only $3, and under twelve’s are free. Bonus is the Waihi Beach RSA ladies are (wo)manning the café with food and refreshments!!

Arty Bras is a great name for a fundraiser, and Waihi Bluelight Ventures has some pretty snazzy names for the six categories too. There’s Gold Strike, O Naturale, Bits, Boobs and Knicky Knacky Knoos, Bluelight Couture, Illustrious Industrial and SOS Bustier. Tough decision which category to enter? Then go for more than one. Entries have to be in by June 9, and the show and a half is on Saturday July 6 at the Waihi Beach Community Centre. I’m sure it will be an outstanding success! For entry forms and details click here.

That always gets people testing the paint. You can literally watch paint dry with Waihi Art Club’s three day exhibition over Queen’s Birthday at Waihi Memorial Hall, with some artists working on their pieces, so you can have a chat to them and watch art being created. Open between 10 am and 4 pm, entry is just a gold coin to help with the hall costs. Got a gap to fill at your place? Everything on display is for sale. It should be worth a look with lots of different styles and mediums, and the special New Zealand Native Flora and Fauna section.

We can fill all the gaps quite comfortably for you, wet or fine. Across the long weekend the historic Victoria Battery site is operational with tram rides and guided tours of the underground ore roasting kilns and museum. Wet or dry the Waihi Art Centre and Museum in Kenny St is open with a good selection of art in the Lee-Johnson Gallery, and an interesting history of Waihi going back to the 1800’s, including the ‘thumbs’! Waihi Beach Dirt Track Club wrap up their season with a saloon, stock car, production and mini stock day tomorrow at their track off Waihi Beach Rd. Goldfield’s Railway is something a little different to do, heading out to Waikino and returning three times daily. Great for the whole family and ideal to get you underway with the walking tracks and bike trails through the Karangahake Gorge. There are plenty of walks, short and not quite so short, around Waihi and out at the beach, and you’re hunger pangs are well catered for with some great eateries. Shopping’s always good in Waihi too!

Waihi is welcoming the Maori New Year – Matariki - with several events. The Hikoi on Thursday June 20 will see our school children heading down the main street to the Memorial Hall, you’re invited to take part in the Dawn Viewing on Thursday June 23, there’s a Tapawae Tournament on July 2, and a Family Celebration at Waihi Community Marae on July 4. Stay tuned for details.

With winter here we’re looking down the track a little so you can make some plans for October and Go Waihi’s Goldfest and Trolley Derby events. Goldfest is on through October, targeting the school holidays in particular, and we have our annual Go Waihi Trolley Derby and Market Day set for Saturday October 5. This gives you plenty of time to source the bits you need to enter. There’re adult, children and open classes and we have our annual Emergency Services Challenge on again too. It’s always a lot of fun. Contact me for details. Goldfest has all sorts of events for the young and young at heart to take part in, and we’re always after more ideas for events so get in touch if you have any thoughts.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Blame St Andreas, it’s his fault.