Posted by Go Waihi on 07/01/2015
What a start to the year. Fine weather across both Christmas and New Year can’t be bad. The doubters will need to reassess their sources and the rest of us can carry on enjoying the summery weather eh. The water’s warm and the BBQ’s hot! Fresh veges from the garden are great and the little gaps between family and friends visiting is a necessity. I hope 2015 has started well for you and continues to get even better. School’s only a few weeks away, and so’s the long weekend called Anniversary, another week after and Waitangi Day falls on a Friday ... and another long weekend. Let’s just make them permanent and add a few more.
ALL GOOD TO GO TODAY, TOMORROW AND SUNDAY
The venue for the Waihi Art Club Exhibition is Waihi Beach Community Centre. They paint all year, they meet regularly and they hold their exhibitions occasionally. Here’s your chance to view some great art work from abstract to contemporary using oils, pastels, watercolours and acrylic. Gold coins and folding stuff are good to get you in and if you want to buy a piece of art on display, just have a chat.
NEWSFLASH - LOVELY SUNDAY RELAX TIME INVITATION
Waihi Waterlily Gardens at 441 Pukekauri Rd Waihi is opening it's grounds on Sunday arvo between 4.30 pm and 8 30 pm for you to browse the gardens and grounds, enjoy some music and kick back and relax at the end of the weekend. You're welcome to take a picnic or snack and a blanket if you like. It's just $4 entry with under 15's free - must be accompanied by an adult.
22 DAYS AND IT’S OVER
Through January Waihi Art Centre and Museum is open every day between midday and 3 pm. Inside the Lee-Johnson Gallery you’ll find garden art, paintings and photography, making up their Floral Fiesta Summer Exhibition. Top local artists have been hard at work creating and you can enjoy the fruits of their labours. Best part is it’s free. Not that they’d mind if you left a donation, it goes a long way to help the volunteers pay the bills and present more exhibitions. Remember for a few bucks you can go over the other side of the building and check out Waihi’s history in the museum.
ART WAIHI GEARING UP FOR ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND EXPO
This group gets together regularly, painting and creating art works which will be on display on Anniversary Weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Waihi Memorial Hall. Your gold coin donation will help pay for the hall, and there’ll be artists working on their pieces who are happy to chat to you about their work and art in general. And you never know, you might pick yourself up a masterpiece or two as all the art will be for sale.
WAIHI YOUTH CENTRE BUSY DURING HOLS
It’s up and running, well probably more of a walk as they find their legs. The Waihi Youth Centre is open on the corner of Mueller and Kenny Streets with a mix of activities for 5 to 16 year olds. Don’t quote me on that, get along with your children and find out about registering and book your children in for skateboarding, touch rugby, jammin’ song writing, basketball, kapahaka and more. Costs are minimal and the centre’s open with other indoor activities available as well.
NOT TOO EXPENSIVE AND GREAT FOR VISITORS AND LOCALS
Goldfield’s Railway, running from Waihi Railway Station in Wrigley St out to Waikino Railway Station and back 3 times daily is a neat experience for young and not quite so young. Bring back the memories or create some new ones, either way it’s a cool train trip that could end up with you in a cafe, on a walk, checking out the historic Victoria Battery site or even enjoying a swim at the waterfalls, before returning on the train later.
ART SHOW & SALE
Waihi Art Club meet regularly throughout the year and you’ve managed to time it right for their Summer Exhibition on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Head for Waihi Beach Community Centre and browse all the art for sale covering a good mix of styles from contemporary to abstract using oils, acrylics, pastels and watercolours,. It’s just a gold coin to get in and you might even find a piece or two you’d like to buy.
JUST SIGN HERE
Waihi Beach and Waihi Justices of the Peace have got together and sorted a roster to offer a service at Waihi Hauraki District Council office in Rosemont Rd on Mondays from 11 am to 1 pm signing documents, declarations and the like. This is a free service for residents of these areas; although a smile would be appreciated I’m sure. It might be a good time to get a book or two from the library too.
COMING TO A TOWN CALLED WAIHI
Waihi region has a healthy art scene with exhibitions and displays throughout the year. Waihi also has a great bunch of musicians, who we love to hear at their shows. ECHO Walking Festival with over 40 walks etc starts in March. And make sure you join us for our Waihi Warm Up Party for Beach Hop, when the 5 day Ultimate Pass BH ticket holders all convoy down for Day 1 on Wednesday 25 March. Add in the other cars all parked up in the closed off CBD and you’re looking at 700, 800 cars ... you count them all. We’ll have 3 or 4 bands playing through town – yes please dance along, a best dressed competition for him and her, the trophies for Best Classic Car and Best Hot Rod, dozens of stalls adding to the great selection the shops have, food and refreshments OTT (over the top), and the Gold FM Drag Race at lunchtime is a spectacle to watch, and it’s also a lot of fun for the ‘big burly blokes’ who enter into the spirit. We’ve got the Nugget and Xterra Trail Runs for the athletic, Goldfest across the whole of October, including our annual Trolley Derby, and there’s a myriad of other things through the year to watch out for here on our website.
HERE’S A THOUGHT: Good judgment comes from experience. Experience often comes from bad judgment.
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