Update December 17

Posted by Go Waihi on 17/12/2015

How many sleeps? More like how many days to fit everything in before the jolly man in the red suit comes down the chimney. We’re gearing up for a good summer with lots of visitors, and locals are already in holiday mode, well almost. There’s a job or three to do, including cleaning that chimney. Beauty is we’re already at others’ holiday destination. School’s out and the parking is still free and unlimited in downtown Waihi, the mall without walls that has just about everything you need, including good old fashioned service.

FIRST UP A HUGE WELL DONE
Waihi’s annual Christmas Market Day last Saturday was great. Loads of people, lots of sales, a ton of people and we scored the weather we wanted. Thanks to whoever sorted that for us upstairs, everywhere around us was wet or wetter. Wai Taiko Drummers had everyone going ‘wow’ and the stalls were wide and varied. And the thanks have to roll out to everyone who came along to the GO Waihi Christmas Parade with Harcourts Waihi too. The floats were awesome, the time and effort sure showed. I’ve got a list to say we appreciated what you did to make it a cool, special day for so many. It really was one out of the bag.

THANKS, THANKS AND THANKS
It takes lots of background work to make things run smoothly on the day, so a big ups to everyone who did their bit to make a memorable day even better. To Harcourts Waihi for your sponsorship of the GO Waihi Christmas Parade, Merry Christmas. Let’s run through the list, Waihi Police, Waihi Lions, Carters Contractors, Edwards Transport, Waihi Maori Wardens, the Bay of Plenty Pipes and Drums, the schools, clubs, groups, businesses and individuals that went to the effort; it’s because of you that we have a Christmas Market Day and Parade to be proud of. And thanks to Santa and his helpers too. Have we covered everyone? I hope so because you definitely deserve it. Let’s do it again next Christmas, ’cos it was so much fun.

COMING UP TO ENTERTAIN YOU THIS WEEKEND …
Saturday downtown in Waihi the Waihi Women’s Choir will be harmonising songs of the Christmas variety from 10 am in front of the Waihi Memorial Hall. They’ll be joined by the Salvation Army Band at 11.20 am and you’re invited to join them as well … to listen, watch, sing along and enjoy the festivities. Good on you ladies, enjoy yourselves, and Sallies, carol your hearts out, we love it!

SUNDAY IS PICNIC IN THE PARK TO CAROLS TIME
Waihi Baptist Church has Christmas at the Lake sorted on Sunday at Gilmour Lake from 5.30 pm. Grab a blanket, a chair, some things to nibble and a few friends to enjoy a great atmosphere and some cool Christmas Carols to sing along to. Music sheets will remind you of any words you’ve forgotten, a special guest or two are rumoured and a good time is guaranteed. They’ve sorted a sausage sizzle too. Get into the spirit and create some fond memories for the kids. The scene is set for a good family fun time.

WHIRITOA CHRISTMAS CAROLS AT THE LAGOON
Here’s your open invitation to join the locals on Wednesday and sing along while enjoying the sunset, sounds good. Take a candle that floats to add to the others that will head out to sea on dusk. Something to sit on is a good idea too. 8 pm for a start and you probably won’t want to go home.

WHIRITOA BEACH MARKET DAY IDEAS & DONATIONS
What have you got that you don’t use or need that could be added to their raffle? Funds from this annual event go to the village fire force and library, very worthy causes. And it’s a great day out too so stick it in your diary. With 35 or so stalls there’ll be plenty to check out from 9 am on Saturday January 3 at the Fire Hall.

GIVE THIS CHRISTMAS
The gift of blood can save up to three lives. What an awesome idea. No need to wrap it, just sit back and relax and the New Zealand Blood Service will do the rest. Phone 0800 448 325 to make an appointment. They’re at Waihi Memorial Hall on Tuesday from 1 to 6 pm; and take your ID.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Do not disturb – already disturbed.