Update November 19

Posted by Go Waihi on 19/11/2013

Christmas gift shopping is probably starting to rise up the priority list, although I overheard a guy the other day say he’d just finished his. Well done Mr Organisation!! Planning the holiday break should be right up there too. Another week of senior exams is just about over, with only a couple of weeks to go before the waiting game for results takes over. Sunscreen sales should be increasing, as should hat sales. There were a few red-tinged bodies around after last weekend and hopefully that’s enough of a reminder for summer. Waihi’s got some new shops to add to our list and we welcome the owners, managers and staff. A good weekend of international sport’s looming up with the Kiwi League side up against England in the World Cup semi-final, and will the All Blacks get that title of being the first professional team to go through a season unbeaten when they meet Ireland? I hope the answer is an emphatic ‘yes’.

Santa’s so keen to head our way on Saturday December 7 for the Go Waihi Christmas Parade with Harcourt’s Waihi he’s already got his favourite Santa suit out and is getting it washed, ironed and even pressed! He’d like as many fun floats as possible to join him in the parade, so make sure your club or group is represented. Being part of the parade is one of those memories that stays with you all your life. Get the kids involved, and your workmates, or the church or club and get some publicity while adding to the flavour of the day. Registration forms and info sheets are at the Waihi HDC office and Waihi Library in Seddon St, Gold FM and also Harcourt’s at the top of Seddon St. You can also download a registration form. With your help this is going to be a fun day for our community and lots of visitors too.

The morning leading up to our Go Waihi Christmas Parade on Saturday December 7 Waihi will be full of shops with sales and specials, stalls outside, entertainment, music and hopefully you and lots of your family and friends. Go Waihi’s organising everything but the people; that’s where you come in. If your club or group would like a stall get in touch now so we can find a good spot for you. Variety is the thing, so think of what you can add to the wide mix of things available and get a registration form from Go Waihi, and let’s have a fun Christmas Market Day. Remember the earlier people come downtown on the day the better the choice at all the shops and stalls. We’re looking at some fun rides for kids and music through town to add to the carnival atmosphere.

With 16 gardens on display with Waihi Lions Garden Ramble you can see just that, talk to the owners, get some ideas and a bit of inspiration and possibly something to eat with a Devonshire Tea. Tickets are $20 or $18 for groups of 10 or more and they’re at garden centres and with Waihi Lions members. That will give you a description of each garden and also a map so you know where you head next. They’re raising funds for the Lions Cancer Lodge, Hetherington House Trust and other local charities so you’re supporting some great causes. Pace yourself so you get to enjoy each garden, and remember some food and drink, a hat, your camera and possibly pen and paper for lots of new ideas.

Waihi Drama Society’s last production of the year is a couple of performances old with more shows this weekend and through next week too. Radio Daze is one of those plays that has audience participation, so you’re very close to the action. It’s based back in the days when the whole family gathered around to listen to the family radio and serials like The Lone Ranger and It’s In the Bag. I’m not sure who has more fun, the cast or audience, but for $20 or $10 for children it’s a good value night out – or take in a matinee! United Video in upper Seddon is selling tickets; remember there’s no eftpos.

They’re dressing up especially, and you’re welcome to too, with their Vintage Christmas Market and Fair this Sunday between 10.30 am and 4 pm. Aim for Athenree Rd, just around the corner from SH2 heading to Tauranga from Waihi and enjoy lots of entertainment, stalls, Devonshire Teas and food, music and you can even get your photo taken in period costume. $3, yes $3, with children free (that’s to get in – they’re not giving them away). PS – take cash ‘cos there was no eftpos way back then.

Several tunes to be honest, covering from the 14th century to today, and all sung beautifully for you by the Ohinemuri Singers. Have yourself a Cracker Christmas is carolling as it once was. Favourites, a few different ones you may not have heard and some to sing along to will all be performed at the AOG Church in Waihi next Friday from 7 pm. For $5 you can sing along or tap your foot to some of the good old fashioned Christmas Carols, and a few others too. Get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Of all the possible utensils that could have been invented to eat rice, how did two sticks win out?