Update October 15

Posted by Go Waihi on 15/10/2014

Just a week and we’re into the long weekend that’s been a long time coming. Go Waihi’s Goldfest celebrations continue in and around Waihi for the rest of October with all sorts for all sorts on offer, more on this below. The last term of school has begun, and will finish pretty quickly for seniors. Good luck with your studies and exams coming up. The first swim of the season can’t be far away, and neither’s Christmas come to think of it. Better start thinking about that list for Santa, if you’ve been behaving that is. Grab a cuppa and let’s have a look at some of the things coming up in our neck of the woods.

GOLDFEST - LOTS STILL TO COME - GET INTO IT
We have our monthly Waihi Market this Saturday from 9 am and on Sunday Victoria Battery Tramway has an open day with rides on their narrow gauge railway, guided tours of the underground kiln and museum. Labour Weekend is busy with something for a good variety of tastes. Art Waikino’s a must with all art on display at the historic Victoria Hall for sale. Waihi Waterlily Gardens are opening their gates to hold their Spring Opening and Family Day with music, stalls, pony rides, drama, Devonshire Teas and the opportunity to look around this lovely wedding and function venue. There’s the Big gold Dig with Waihi Beach Christian Centre, Oktoberfest oompah celebrations at Waitete Restaurant and a car boot sale and book fair at Whiritoa Fire Hall and library, a good one to support the Volunteer Rural Fire Force and library.Stay tuned for even more next week!

HETHERINGTON HOUSE GALA AND OPENING ON TRACK
Hetherington House is on course for a great day on Saturday November 1 when they officially open their new pathway that circumnavigates their property so residents can get out into the fresh air. There’ll be seating at various points so they can take a break and enjoy the views and surroundings. Throw in a gala from 11 am to 3 pm with everything from raffles, face painting, games and entertainment to a mobility scooter obstacle course, bouncy castle, produce, cake and bric a brac stalls, a sausage sizzle and even paint ball target shooting and it’s shaping up as a great day. If you have something you can donate, like garage sale goods and books, they’d love to hear from you. Call 07 863 8526, they can even arrange pick up.

A SONG, A TUNE AND MUSIC TO YOUR EARS
The Waihi Branch of New Zealand Society of Genealogists has an interesting meeting this coming Wednesday in the Bridge Club Hall in Union St. Starting at 1 pm Maree Lewis will give a fun, nostalgic talk about ship board life with her presentation on ‘Pioneering songs of our forbears, from England to New Zealand’. There’s the chance to sing along to songs they sung on the voyage across the oceans. These helped instruct sailors, teach children and kept memories of the homeland alive. If you’d like to go take along $5 for the talk and you’ll also get a cuppa or coffee and biscuits too. 07 863 6063 is Harriet’s number if you need more information.

CLOSING, CLOSING, CLOSING, CLOSING, CLOSING VERY SOON
All five categories of Art Waikino’s 14th Exhibition and Sale over Labour Weekend close tomorrow. Art, handcraft, photography of people and of other than people and sculpture are your choices. Entry forms are around Waihi and at www.waihi.org.nz. You can also email artwaikino@gmail.com or call 07 863 6974 to get one. Well worth it I reckon, especially when you think all art’s for sale so you may well end up with not only an award but a bit of spending money for more art supplies. The historic Victoria Hall is the venue, and it will be open Saturday to Monday from 10 am to 4 pm.

GARDENS ON DISPLAY FOR WAIHI LIONS FUNDRAISER
They’re back with more gardens they’ve sussed out for you to explore across the weekend of November 15 and 16. Waihi Lions has tickets at a variety of garden shops and you can call 07 863 6988 as well. Good prices too: $20, $18 for Gold Card holders and $15 for groups of 10 plus. Small ferneries, large open spaces, conservatories, well established gardens, something for small spaces, vegetables, natives and deciduous trees, with lots of thoughts and advice from the proud property owners too. All proceeds go to local community projects, so you’re helping others while picking up some great ideas yourself.

A & P SHOW SCHEDULES OUT
The schedules for the 76th Waihi A & P Show on November 15 and 16 are now available. Contact Marilyn Parker on 07 863 8243 or email marilyn@ktd.co.nz. It’s a fantastic day, just on the outskirts of Waihi at the end of the palms there’ll be paddock after paddock of cows, sheep, goats, horses, alpacas and the occasional elephant. Add rides and sideshows, lots of food and refreshments a prize draw just for being there, very cheap entry and you’ve got a great day for the family. I fibbed about the elephants.

16 DAYS TO POT THE GOLD
October 31 is the last day to enter Go Waihi’s Stop Shop and Win $1000 Pot of Gold Competition. All you need to do is shop in Waihi at stores taking part in the promotion, and most are. Once you’ve made a purchase put your name and contact details on the paper provided and slip it into the box. On Tuesday November 4 at 8.10 am we’ll get the police to draw the winner live on Gold FM. 1000 $1 coins could be wending their way to your place soon afterwards. What would you do with it – bills, a break or maybe bank it?

HERE’S A THOUGHT: I’m into grandfather clocks, big time!