Posted by Go Waihi on 20/02/2014
So what happened to February? Another week and it’s history for another year. Memories are great, but it’s the shortest month of the year and goes by so quickly. Next thing you know it’ll be autumn! Pull out the rake and compost to your heart’s content. In the meantime we’ve been enjoying all the things you can do outdoors, and there’s no shortage of those around Waihi. From a Garden Party for Hetherington House to a show coming up with Howie Casey, a saxophonist who’s played with The Who, David Bowie and Sir Paul McCartney, there’s always something coming up, and talk about variety. There’s been a little respite from the muggy weather of late, but the temperatures aren’t dropping so far. And what a great place to get outdoors, a friend was saying to me how their motor bike club had ridden around the Coromandel and he reckoned it’s some of the most beautiful countryside he’s seen. I’m not going to disagree. It’s a great place to visit but I wouldn’t want to leave there. Now there’s a nice twist on an old saying.
WARMING UP FOR BEACH HOP
With just over a month until our seventh Waihi Warm Up Party for Beach Hop, we’re gearing up for another relaxed, fun day with lots for everyone to enjoy. It’s the first day of the five day event and we love seeing the mass of hot rods and classic cars rolling into Waihi for the day. With three or four bands pumping out the sounds through town coupled with lots of people dressing up for the day there’s an exciting atmosphere with plenty for people to see and do. Yes, we get 700, 800 or more Beach Hop cars parked through the closed off CBD, yes we give prizes for best dressed male and female, yes we have a fantastic selection of cafes and eateries catering for the rumbling tum and more and yes we have shops sporting some fantastic sales and specials. No there’s no cost, and no, it’s not too late to apply for a stall to add to the flavour of the day. Contact Go Waihi.
WHAT TO WEAR, DECISIONS DECISIONS
It’s synonymous with Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop and is ‘shaping’ up as one of the highlights of the day again this year. Gold FM’s Drag Race gets downtown Waihi packed with onlookers watching big brawny blokes in a fashion disaster, and proud of it. Although some of the outfits could well be used by their partners and look fantastic I’m sure. Big wigs, big, eyelashes and other big things come out on the day. If you’d like to enter a team of three fellas grab an entry form from Gold FM or off our website, ask for some help with your outfit ‘cos you know you need it, and get ready to hand the handbag to your team mates as you run the gauntlet of google-eyed onlookers. Hey this could be a good one for your business to get a bit of ‘talked about’ publicity.
ECHO WALKING FESTIVAL BOOK EARLY
Walk into a cafe, restaurant, most shops, motels and information centres and you’ll find brochures giving you details of over 40 walks, bike rides and more called the ECHO Walking Festival. Take part, it’s only going to cost you some time and energy as most walks are free. A donation is great, it helps cover the cost of the brochure, but if we can put it on for free, we’re happy to as long as you enjoy it. Some include a boat or train ride, or a bus to get you there so there may be a cost to cover, but it’ll be worth it. To get a full run down and to register for any of the walks and more on from March 15 to April 6, go to www.echowalkfest.org.nz. Book early if you can as some have maximum numbers and fill up fairly fast. Fitness levels vary so there are a variety of walks suitable for the uninitiated, through to others designed for those with experience wanting ‘an experience’.
GOING SOLO WITH OTHERS
Solo parts are up for grabs this Sunday at the Waihi Drama Society auditions for the musical Brigadoon, their first production for 2014. If you can keep a tune then why not show them what you’ve got. Sunday at 2 pm you can wow them with your voice and score a part in this upcoming production. Head for their Boyd Road Theatre and Do Ray Me your way into the show.
CROSSING THAT BRIDGE CAN BE DONE
The new swing bridge at Waikino from the Victoria Battery site across to State Highway 2 has returned, bigger, better … well definitely better and higher than the old one that got washed away back in the ‘80’s. There was a Maori blessing a week or two back at dawn, and the official opening is coming up on Saturday March 1. It’s a great asset for the local region joining up with the Hauraki Rail Trail, and I’ll have more details for you for next week.
FINDING OUT ABOUT FAMILY
You’re invited along to the Waihi Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists meeting next Wednesday afternoon starting at 1 pm at Waihi’s Bridge Club Hall in Union St. For $3, or $2 if you’re a member, you can hear one of their members giving tips on aspects of their research, and if you have one, they invite you to take along your ‘brickwalls’ too. That could be interesting, and hey a cuppa and advice is included. Harriet’s your contact for more information on 07 863 6063.
GET OUT & INTO IT
The Waihi Eclectics are a non profit group of like minded locals who are keen to try different activities, meet and get to know others and make friends and grow their local network. A walk around Black Hill and another over Bowentown Head, lunch at a restaurant, workshops, wine tasting, going to concerts are all included, and you can add to the ideas too. Contact Vera for more details on 07 863 6266 and check out www.meetup.com/Waihi-Eclectics too.
YOUR LOOK BACK THEN
Historic Athenree Homestead is giving you the opportunity to see yourself in the yesteryear. Head along to 360 Athenree Rd this Sunday between 10 am and 3 pm and you can dress up in Victorian and vintage clothing for photos. They have a great selection of clothes for all ages and it’s just $20 for adults and under tens are $10. What would you look like if you were born back then? $5 gets you in for a look around the historic house too.
HERE’S A THOUGHT: A picture is worth a thousand words, a slide show – is both.
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