Update March 14

Posted by Go Waihi on 14/03/2014

As Autumn takes hold we’re reminded what a beautiful country we live in , no matter where. The Coromandel Peninsular is taking on just a little of that golden glow with a little leaf change and plenty more to come. Compost to the positive, gutter block to the not so keen leaf fall is inevitable. So’s the end to daylight saving. I’m determined to get as much time outside to enjoy the longer evenings as I can. Barbecues are still the smell of the neighbourhood, and parched is a word on a lot of people’s lips when talking about the state of our countryside with the lack of rain.

Take the camera for some of those memories you don’t want to miss. The Waihi Scouts proudly present a paddock full of mudslides, a mud obstacle course and a rope across a stream to challenge you and your friends. Stamina can be kept up with a sausage and refreshments, or take a picnic and enjoy all the fun in the mud. A pair of old shoes is a good idea, and a change of clothes and towel. $5 gets you 5 plus hours of fun for the mudlark from 9.30 am to 3 pm. Head south from Waihi just past the Waihi Beach turnoff and park behind the Gun Club on the right. You’ll see the signs.

As of tomorrow ECHO Walking Festival is underway around our area. It’s free, guided, and fun to take part in. From an hour or so to a full day, you’re tempted with lots of opportunities to explore our backyard with guided walks, sometimes on land not open to the public at any other times. There are family friendly walks, good ones for you to learn about our region, new ones to try and favourites that book out so register as early as you can. Brochures are all around the area and you can go to our website and follow the link to see full descriptions of over 40 walks and more, as well as to register.

Group ukulele lessons are being offered on Wednesday nights at Waihi Central School hall. Take your uke along ready to strum away from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm for just $5. If you don’t have one some ukuleles are available during lessons, and remember to take your sense of humour. Contact Angela to register and for info on 027 662 8826.

My memories of doing gymnastics are of great times trying lots of things I’d never get a chance to do in everyday life. Balance, timing, strength and lots of practice are all required, but lots of fun. If you’d like to join Waihi Gymnastics Club they meet Wednesdays from 3.30 pm to 4.45 pm at Waihi College Gym. For details call in next week or call Sharlene on 021 902 797.

At Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop on Wednesday March 26 we’ll be setting aside an area to feature some of the retro cars and caravans. There’ve been hours of hard sweat put into these and the owners are happy to put them on show for us. The scene’s set with three, possibly four bands playing around town from up in the Pumphouse through to Rosemont Rd. Get dressed in the era and you could win a great prize from Diamonds On Seddon and Waitete Restaurant. Add in the shop sales and specials, some stalls to give even more flavour and about 700 to 800 classic cars and hot rods and we’re in for a good day eh?! And you won’t go hungry either.

Guys dragging up and down the main street of Waihi has the green light at Waihi’s Warm Party for Beach Hop with the Gold FM Annual Drag Race on again. Just to clarify that’s three guys dressed in ladies clothes passing a handbag baton up and down Seddon St at twelve thirty. That’s almost high noon. Sounds ridiculous, and it is. It’s hilarious, just a little competitive and a lot of fun. Teams need to register soon to confirm your place. Pressure’s on with the outfit, makeup and accessories all having to be organised, oh, when’s a man supposed to get any rest? Ladies, I’m sure a hand would be appreciated; and a little enthusiasm, but not too much. And remember the entry form here.

Coming to a Community Resource Centre near you, as long as it’s in Mueller St Waihi, are a couple of things worth considering. A series of weekly vocal workshops with Saelyn Guyton starts on Tuesday. Designed for beginners to advanced it’s on from 7 pm to 9 pm and costs $20 for five weeks. For $10 you can learn to screenprint, with a demonstration and workshop next Saturday 22 March from 10 am to 3 pm, and you get to keep your unique T shirt. Both are at the centre where you can book too. Call Lauren for more info on 07 863 7555.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Almost anything is easier to get into than out of.