Update September 12

Posted by Go Waihi on 12/09/2013

Another week closer to whatever’s coming up, and it’s coming up fast too. The Rail Trail heading into Waihi, Daylight Saving, school holidays, Goldfest, Labour Weekend, Christmas and don’t forget my birthday!! I thought I’d try anyway. Shorts or longs, two or three layers (unless you’re a teenager then it’s one), shoes or jandals – decisions decisions – it’s tough with this Spring weather. The Ranfurly Shield’s seeing a fair bit of the country and there may be the chance of another Waikato challenge, possibly. With the season change to Spring now’s a good time to be checking batteries in smoke detectors.

There are five categories to enter this year, the new one being Sculpture. The others are Art, Handcraft, Photography and Photography of People. The entry forms have costs and deadlines so grab one and have a read. Fill it out and then get creative. Labour Weekend we’ll get to see your labour of love when it’s displayed at the Victoria Hall, and hey you may even sell it. If you want an entry form email artwaikino@gmail.com, or call Helen on 07 863 6974.

A quiet night at home for the guys is on the cards tonight with the ‘other half’ heading along to Waihi Memorial Hall for the Women’s Expo with Waihi Central School. From 6 pm until shall we say a little later that night, there’ll be fun and laughter and lots of money raised for the school with entertainment (R18’s the word ladies), fashion display, auctions, a DJ with great sounds, nibbles and refreshments and some great memories made I bet. Tickets are $10 at Waihi Central School and possibly at the door.

We’ve sorted the entry forms and started spreading them through Waihi at the Hauraki District Council Waihi office, Waihi Library, Gold FM and we’ve got them up here on our website too. Not too many rules, lots of fun to be had, and remember there’s now a fun skateboard section been added with some very cool Element prizes from Fowler’s Surf & Fashion Shop to be won. Spread the word, and spread the entry forms around too. Saturday October 5 from just after midday Haszard St will be full of trolleys / skateboards and people watching their antics, and skill too of course. Free to enter and categories for young and young at heart, we’d love you to be part of the day.

Waihi Beach Memorial RSA with Go Waihi and Gold FM are holding the third annual Waihi’s Got Talent Competition and from 6.30 pm next Friday, 20 September, there’ll be a load of entertainers in the junior, intermediate and senior sections vying for top spot and the prize money. The experience alone is worth it, and the crowd really supports them. There’ll be singing, dancing and a couple different acts too, so make an evening of it and see some of tomorrows stars today, well next Friday night!

This Tuesday you and your family and friends are invited to the Community Concert with around 70 singers performing musical styles as varied as African folk songs, the Sound of Music and Rihanna. Lasting about an hour and a half and featuring the Waihi Community Singers, Waihi Central School Choir and Senior Singers, along with Waihi Glee and some guest performers it should be very entertaining with something for everyone. Take a gold coin donation along (or more if you like) to the Waihi Baptist Church Auditorium on the corner of Kenny and Gilmour Streets, it’s due to start at 7 pm.

The Waikino to Waihi leg of the Hauraki Rail Trail is being completed ready for the official opening on Saturday 28 September. Official speeches and the ribbon cutting will be at Goldfield’s Railway and then it’s off on bikes and by foot to Victoria Battery for the first official use of what’s being described as a very picturesque level one track; that means it’s pretty flat. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the work in progress and there are some interesting historic spots, beautiful places for a break and apparently a good spot or two for a dip come summer. Come to the opening and you could win some great prizes. I’ll have more on this next week hopefully.

With just a few weeks until October the programme is almost finalised. We have some new events this year, along with some of our favourites back by popular demand. Whether you’re young or young at heart there’s something for you to take part in, watch and enjoy; and quite possibly all three of these things. From the Trolley Derby and ever popular gecko display to a show by the International Academy, the Light Party and Beach Dig, Go Waihi wants you to take part. Most things are free or at least cheap, and quite often you can talk to those in the know about their passion, whether it’s the model boat club at Gilmour Lake or the master kite flyers at the Kite Day.

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