Update May 20

Posted by Go Waihi on 20/05/2014

Another week of pretty decent weather and the end of the month of May is looming up. We have had a pretty good run with the weather; I’ve managed to do some of those outdoor jobs around home and get to watch a bit of winter sport, without the gumboots and umbrella so far. Things are gearing up for a good long Queen’s Birthday weekend and I’m happy to say the soups and porridge are alive and well at our place. Now’s about the time you should look at a bit of time off over the winter months, maybe going away or even just settling in with a break from the day to days. We’ve got a lot coming up in the next wee while, so get along and support them if you can, it means we’ll get even more things happening around here in the future.

The Waihi Branch of the NZ Genealogists Society meeting this month is on Wednesday. It’s a public meeting, meaning you’re invited. Starting at 1 pm at Waihi Art Centre and Museum in Kenny St, their guest speaker is Sandy Lautenbach, author of the book ‘Please Take Good Care of Me’. It’s about her life and the history of the Lamb family from when they arrived in Thames at the start of the 1860’s gold rush. The book also tells the story of the Brown’s, Sandy’s mother’s family, who were successful Waihi engineers. It should be a good afternoon for $5, with tea, coffee and biscuits served afterwards. For more info call Harriet on 07 863 6063.

Book in Saturday and Sunday over Queen’s Birthday to visit Waihi’s St John’s Anglican Church Hall at the top of Seddon St for the annual Waihi and Waihi Beach Lions Book Fair. They’ll have games and puzzles as well as lots of books on all sorts of subjects with their major fundraiser. Fiction and nonfiction, gardening, cooking, carpentry, cars, photography, how to books, travel, sports, hobbies, magazines and anything I’ve forgotten to categorise will be there. You can still donate to the cause too. Drop off any of the above to Caltex Paeroa, Mobil and BP in Waihi and Home Hardware at Waihi Beach. And thanks from the Lions.

Queen’s birthday Sunday Athenree House will open its doors and offer morning and afternoon teas, Devonshire no less, as they raise funds for the continuing restoration of this historic homestead. You can also take a tour around the property, and have your picture taken dressed in period costume. They have a good selection of Victorian outfits for adults and children. They’ll be open from 10 am to 3 pm, and it’s probably not a silly idea to book, call Anne on 07 863 6448.

This mystical Scottish town only appears once every one hundred years, and just for a day. In that 24 hours all sorts goes on, with American tourists stumbling across it and getting involved with the locals. At the end of the day, literally, there are some tough decisions to be made, there’re some songs to be sung and a story to be told. Waihi Drama Society proudly presents their first production for the year, but time’s running out to enjoy this musical from Broadway, the last show’s on the 31st. Tickets are $20 from United Video, top of Seddon St for cash or cheque. Children get the whole show for half the price, a great deal.

On Queen’s Birthday Sunday, June 1, the 9th annual Waihi Beach Art & Craft Show is on in the Waihi Beach Community Hall. You’ll need a bit of time to get around the 75 plus stalls, and it’d be a good idea to tuck away enough for something from the cafe to keep your energy levels up. Christmas, birthday, wedding, anniversary, a good friend, thanks for having us, just because ... all good reasons to pay $3 and check out everything from dog beds, clothing, hats and jewellery to preserves, jams, collectors bears and art. I’ve missed about another 60 or so stalls so get along with a friend or three between 10 am and 3.30 pm and check them out for yourself. You’ll be set for gifts for all those hard to get for people.

Fundraising is an important part of Waihi Scouts year so the scouts get opportunities to do things like go to Jamboree, learn new skills, pay the bills and support themselves. On Saturday May 31 they’re holding a Garage Sale of the monster variety, if you help that is. Word’s out they need more of almost anything that’s in good working order that’s just taking up space at your place. If you don’t need it, then why not donate it to the scouts. Maybe you don’t need one of those anymore, but you could do with one of these. They’ll probably have one, or two, at their Garage Sale next Saturday starting at 9 am in Baker St. Any donations call the Scout Leader Paul on 076 863 6696.

Queen’s Birthday Friday, Saturday and Sunday Waihi Memorial Hall will be a pretty picture. Hundreds of pictures will be on display with the art show on from 10 am to 4 pm daily. The theme is ‘Beyond Realism Paintings’, and there’ll also be a good selection of other styles on display and for sale, featuring a good mix of styles, techniques and mediums. You don’t have to be an art buff to appreciate art, so get along and pick a piece or two.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: When I die, I’m leaving my body to science … fiction!