Update August 28

Posted by Go Waihi on 28/08/2015

August slips by, I just don’t understand why so fast. We‘re starting to see more daylight, there’s another season approaching and the lawns are starting to show a bit of growth. The winter woollies’ll last a few more weeks, even if it’s sometimes not really necessary. It’s the comfort factor taking over, although being prepared for a cooler day or three isn’t silly. It’s almost time to start thinking about sharing our patch with the holiday makers again with Labour Weekend on the horizon. Five weeks and we’re into Goldfest around Waihi with some interesting things coming up.

Everyone was a winner on the night, experiencing what it’s like performing to an appreciative audience, impressing the judges with their best performance, honing their skills from the last time they entered and everyone really enjoying themselves. That about raps up the night, a success all round with children from year one to senior students in year 13 competing for the $1000 for their school for a project and $200 for themselves in the junior, intermediate and senior categories. Junior winner was Evah Carey from Waihi East School with a ballet performance, the Golden Divas won the intermediate section from Waihi Beach School with their gymnastics and dance routine and Josaye and Nyah Frew took out the senior category, the Waihi College sisters performing a Tom Petty classic ‘Freefallin’ which really got the crowd applauding. Waihi Beach RSA, Gold FM and Go Waihi have been asked to bring it back again next year ... watch this space.

Waihi’s International Academy has a Taiko Drummers camp happening across this weekend and you’re invited along to a half hour performance on Sunday afternoon. Head for the Academy on Landlyst Road ready for a start at 2 pm. Feel the beat and enjoy the show. These folk put on a great display, and it’s nice to get an invite eh, so if you’re not up to anything ...?!

It’s always an interesting time leading up to Goldfest. It’s a festival that takes its’ own shape, depending on what’s in the mix. And often the mix changes, which I think is a good thing. We’re looking at things through the school holidays for the kids, and there are a number of events for adults to enjoy too. That’s what small town is all about, people looking at things to hold to entertain you, educate you and sometimes purely for your pleasure. I think we’ve got that pretty well covered with what’s coming up including the Go Waihi Market Day and Trolley Derby with Waihi Lions and Waihi beach Dirt Track Club on Saturday October 3, the annual Art Waikino Exhibition across Labour Weekend, something new that will be of interest to all ages and a great night with a difference for the grownups. Keep it right here for more details.

It’s easy to enter, inexpensive and an ideal time to put your art on display, and possibly sell it too. Art Waikino’s 15th annual Art Exhibition and Competition happens over Labour Weekend at the historic Victoria Hall. A stroke or two of your pen on the entry form, $10 or less to enter one of five categories and you’re on your way. Art, craft, photography of people, photography of other than people and sculpture gives you plenty of scope for categories, and the $500 supreme award is a nice looking bonus that someone’s going to win. Email artwaikino@gmail.com for an entry form, or grab one at the HDC Service Centre & Library in Rosemont Rd, or download at your leisure here on our site.

Downtown Waihi has free parking, no time limits and variety galore when it comes to shopping, and if you leave town hungry there’s something wrong. Saturday October 3 is our Goldfest Market Day and Trolley Derby Day, a fun day with lots of shops putting out their street side stalls with specials and sale goods. What we want is to fill any gaps with stalls with different things to what the shops stock. That way we add to the experience. Stall application forms are here on our, at the Waihi HDC Service Centre and Library in Rosemont Rd and at Gold FM. Wadayagot??

HERE’S A THOUGHT: If your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.