Update March 10

Posted by Go Waihi on 10/03/2015

Shorts and jandals, barbecues, time at the beach, salads still coming from the garden, sunnies still in use, sun block’s not obsolete and mozzies, well 99% ain’t too bad. It’s just the sunset getting earlier that’s a little concerning. Easter eggs and hot cross buns – must be just about Christmas at this rate – St Patrick’s Day looming up, the end of the first school term in less than a month, wow it’s not that long since they got back into school! OK, let’s not dwell on the three term past, luckily we could handle it back then ...I guess we had less to concentrate on or something, or is it the mercury in all our teeth that was kindly donated. I’m happy to donate it back. Now, what’s going on in our neck of the woods?

WAIHI’S WARM UP PARTY WARMING UP
Wednesday March 25, it’s day one of Beach Hop, a big day for those with a five day Ultimate Pass. We want to kick off the celebrations with a day with a difference. So put these things inside four blocks and get into it. Three bands playing through town, best dressed male and female competitions and one for the kids too, the Gold FM Drag Race, rock and roll dancing through town, shops with unbelievable specials, sales galore, stalls to add to the flavour, and speaking of flavour there’s an abundance of choice when it comes to your hunger pangs, small, medium or large. Throw in the Best Hot Rod and Classic Car Trophies and it’s a tight squeeze for 5 to 6 hours – especially with 700 or so cars filling town. But we’ll do our best. You can help by turning up and enjoying the day.

DRAG OUT THE GLAD RAGS AND HANDBAG
Entry forms for the Gold FM Drag Race on Wednesday 25 March are out there, just like some of those entering on the day ... right out there. Never judge a book by it’s cover, or you might mistake some of these brawny blokes for your ma-in-law, or worse! The make up, wigs, slinky tops and swishing skirts, hell I don’t know what to write, I’m not a fashion fanatic. But these boys won’t disappoint. Three fellas per team, speed’s only a part of it, it’s more participation and presentation that could do it for them. Don’t miss this once in a year opportunity, get an entry from Hauraki District Council Service Centre & Library in Rosemont Rd, Gold FM upstairs on the corner of Seddon and Haszard Streets, or phone 07 863 9644. You can download an entry form too.

CAPTURE THE ACTION, SCORE A SONY CAMERA
A Sony camera worth $1300 has to go to an amateur photographer who enters the Go Waihi Snapshot Competition. Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop is your subject, the theme is what makes this Waihi? Mix the two somehow and wow the judges and it could be yours. No entry fee, just the chance to get snapping on the day. We might even feature some of your photos on the web. The cars, the people, the atmosphere, the music could equal the moment that captures the vibe and wins you that Sony camera from Go Waihi. Keep things in focus and zoom in on the picture you think will impress the judges, and remember this is a fun competition so keep smiling.

WHATCHAMCALLITS AND THINGAMEBOBS IDENTIFIED, NAMED & VALUED
That’s the idea at Athenree Homestead’s Antique Roadshow. Find that weird thing you’ve stored for years thinking one day you’ll find out what it is and what it’s used for. Sunday 22 March between 10 am and 3 pm is your chance to clear the air with registered valuers who know most things there to look at up to three items of yours for just $5 each. What’s that family heirloom’s value? Is it original or a reproduction? Enjoy a scone, coffee or tea at the new Athenree Station Refreshment Rooms and view the homestead while you’re there. That’s where the money raised is going, to the final stage restoration.

IN LINE FOR SOME FUN? THEN INLINE SKATE NIGHT’S A GOER
Waihi Miners Inline Hockey Club’s Saturday night skating is open to anyone, whether you’ve done it before or you’re up for a new experience. Between 6 pm and 8 pm the Waihi Event Centre’s transformed into skate and scooter heaven with music, games and ramps to challenge yourself. It’s just $5 including skate or scooter hire and the skate shop is open for business with drinks and sweets for sale. Adult spectators get in for free.

TAKE A WALK, OR BIKE RIDE, OR PADDLE OR ?
ECHO Walking Festival brochures are in a lot of shops and businesses around the peninsular with all the details of some brilliant walks. There are long ones for the experienced, short ones for first timers and families and definitely something different for everyone. Get a brochure, go to their website to see the full descriptions and register, just make sure you take the first step to seeing our outdoors because some of these walks aren’t able to be done any other time of the year, and some have maximum numbers. It starts on March 21.

1ST REMINDER
Waihi’s Junior Survivor Challenge is coming up at Waihi Rugby Grounds on Sunday 10 May. A fun run interspersed with exciting obstacles for four categories, under 5’s, 5 – 7 yrs, 8 – 10 yrs and 11 – 13 yrs.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Wisdom is knowing what to do with what you know.