Update September 18

Posted by Go Waihi on 18/09/2015

Two weekends to go before the school holidays kick in and daylight saving arrives for the summer. The warm jacket still rules and the heater on the windscreen first thing is more for comfort than a need … so far. Will we see another frost just when we least expect it? I’m thinking of the gardener with those early seedlings, hopefully under cover until that soil warms up just a little more, but it’s soooo close! So is Goldfest around Waihi, and there are a few things happening to cater for most tastes.

The Waihi branch of the New Zealand Genealogy Society’s meeting tomorrow is a good one for starters, and experienced researchers too. Two guest speakers will talk about starting your research, using different records to help your search, finding ancestors through migration records and something called the paperspast website and ancestry.com which sound helpful too. $10 for all or part of the day includes morning and afternoon tea, and you can take your own lunch or for a gold coin donation share some soup. It’s on from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm at the Waihi Art Centre and Museum in Kenny St.

Oktoberfest at Waitete Restaurant, Café and Ice Creamery in Orchard Rd is an annual event that really gets things going for Goldfest. It’s a great time for everyone with oompah plus, the music, the setting, the food, the camaraderie, the prizes and the memories. Don’t leave getting your $25 tickets too long. Grab your friends, dress up if you like, enjoy German food and refreshments, and take home the complimentary glass as a memento. www.waitete.co.nz is a good place to check the details.

The home straight is in sight, the finish line is only half the fun and entry is free for the annual Go Waihi Trolley Derby with Waihi Lions and Waihi Beach Dirt Track Club on Saturday 3 October. Men and women, boys and girls are invited to enter and have some fun; and maybe win the $300 entry draw. There are other prizes too, and remember to cheer on the police, fire service and St John ambulance in the Emergency Services Challenge. Entry forms are at the Hauraki District Council Service Centre and Library in Rosemont Rd, at Gold FM upstairs in the Dorsel Building on the corner of Seddon and Haszard Sts and here on our website. Don’t miss out; it’s great fun for all ages, and both sexes – and yes, it’s FREE! You know you want to.

Birthdays, Christmas, something for yourself and any other gift decision should be sorted with the annual Go Waihi Market Day on Saturday October 3 Starting from around 9.30 am there’ll be entertainment and music, lots of shops offering one off specials for you and stalls scattered amongst the shop stalls streetside. Food and refreshments galore mean the kids won’t go hungry and with the trolley derby starting at midday it’s a good outing for the whole family. Want a stall site? Application forms are at the HDC Library and Service Centre in Rosemont Rd, here on line or email info@waihi.org.nz to get one sent out. What have you got to add to the flavour of the day? Raise some bucks and have a good time … sounds good to me.

Enter Art Waikino’s Art Exhibition and Sale over Labour Weekend and you might win one of the five categories. You might also win the Supreme Award of $500, and you might also sell your art. It’s all possible, as long as you get your entry in before closing date. The entry forms are available at a variety of shops, at the Hauraki District Council Library and Service Centre in Rosemont Rd and at our website www.waihi.org.nz. Or email artwaikino@gmail.com and they’ll send one out to you. Then it’s just over to you to come up with the winning piece in the art, sculpture, craft, photography of people or photography of other than people categories.

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