Update December 12

Posted by Go Waihi on 12/12/2014

What a great day for Santa last Saturday in Waihi with our annual Christmas Market Day and Go Waihi Christmas Parade. We had brilliant weather, fantastic floats, plenty of Christmas gifts on sale and special and a crowd that just loved the atmosphere and big parade. Why wouldn’t you? Bright, loud, smiles everywhere, lots to see, plenty to eat, a load of bargains and happy times is all good for you. Thanks to Waihi Lions for looking after the barriers, a big thanks to everyone who went to the effort of building and entering some brilliant floats and to everyone who turned up to enjoy the day, the floats, the atmosphere and got into the spirit, you’re awesome. Now it’s back to the list as we countdown to Christmas, the holidays, 2015 and doing it all again over the next 365 days.

We had so many creative floats in the Go Waihi Christmas Parade with Harcourt’s Waihi, the judges were still mulling things over after seeing them all head up Seddon St, they had to watch and double check their decisions as they came back down the main street. So here’s the list. Best Float went to First Steps, congratulations. Waihi Salvation Army won Most Christmassy with Waihi Inline Hockey Club taking out most Original. Waihi Beach Garden Centre’s entry won Most Kiwi with Loudest going to the Pipe Band, the little walking clowns won Brightest and Waihi 50 Plus Bike Group also won for their unique float featuring peddle power. To everyone who put in the effort, thanks!!

Explore Pandora’s Safari is a story with a difference Two explorers are travelling through the jungle and find weird and wonderful creatures that they have never been seen before. It’s a neat storyline that gives the Waihi School of Ballet pupils a chance to let loose and really enjoy showing you what they’ve learnt through the year. The Waihi Memorial Hall doors will open at 7 pm for drinks and nibbles, and the show gets underway at 7.30 pm. $7 for adults, kids are $5 and under 2’s get in for free. A bit of extra cash for the raffle isn’t a bad idea.

Most of their Christmas tunes you’ll know, and they’ll sing some you might not; the moves are a bonus as the Waihi Women’s Choir perform in front of the Waihi Memorial Hall from 11.30 am. Always smiling and enjoying themselves they love singing, and invite you along to watch and listen to an hour or so of their fun repertoire.

On Sunday Ohinemuri Singers can and will present a Cantata for Christmas called Celebrate the Child. There’ll be works by Mendelssohn, Vivaldi and Handel and the 90 minute programme will also feature unusual and sing along carols and a complimentary tea and biscuit mix and mingle. Starting at 6.30 pm at the Waihi Salvation Army Hall in upper Seddon St, it’s just $8 for adults and children are free.

Athenree Community Church invites you to their Christmas Carols and Children’s Tableau next Thursday, December 18. From 7 pm at the Athenree Reserve the Salvation Army Band and local children will entertain you and you can take part too. You can even join them for a cuppa afterwards.

Waihi Baptist Church invites you to Gilmour Lake on Sunday 21 December at 6 pm. Get there early and take a picnic, it’s a beautiful spot. Take your family and friends along and sing along to all your favourite carols, enjoy the atmosphere, and some special guests will be there too I hear.

Whiritoa folk are getting together at the Lagoon for Christmas Carols on Tuesday 23 December. Starting at 7.30 pm you’ll be singing all your favourites, and probably humming to the ones you don’t know the words to. The wet weather option is the Community Hall.

The questions we get asked! We try to answer them all, doozies included. Like the guy who rang my mobile checking on taxis up the Coromandel from Waihi, at 10.30 pm on a Sunday night. Or the family that had just moved here after teaching in China and wanted to contact Mandarin speaking locals. We sorted it. There are the historical mining questions, families wanting information about generations from way back whenever, and lots about where to stay, what’s happening and who to contact for all sorts of things. Add in questions about the mines and mining, schooling, shopping, sports clubs, weather, walks and how far it is to Martha Mine from the main street (literally a stone’s throw, but don’t ‘cause you might hit the miners on the other side of the fence), and you’re getting a fair idea of the variety of queries we receive. Remember we’re sorting an Events Calendar so keep Go Waihi up with what you’re doing nice and early!

HERE’S A THOUGHT: If you want to kill time, try working it to death.