Update December 14

Posted by GO Waihi on 14/12/2016

Santa Claus has a busy time at the moment. So do a few others preparing for the ‘silly season’ with visitors, going visiting, time to relax hopefully, a few odd jobs to get done all being diarised ... just not in my case. I’m going with the flow this year. Not sure of who’s coming, where I’m going, when, and the Christmas shopping is just starting. If you have all your ducks in a row already, I salute you. Otherwise – welcome to the club. We’ll get there, and I’m not going to stress, NOT AT ALL!!!

BIG THANKS TO THOSE THAT PUT IN THE EFFORT – YOU MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
GO Waihi’s Christmas Parade with Harcourts Coast Realty Waihi went off without a hitch, well almost. Just as the parade was starting the fire siren sounded, causing a slight delay so roads were kept clear for the emergency services. Well done to everyone who took part, making this another memorable Christmas Parade for so many littlies, not quite so littlies and to be honest everyone. Stalls added to the great mix of Christmas gift ideas, with lots to see and do, and the music added nicely to the day. Thanks to whoever’s in charge of the weather too! And thanks for visiting Santa, you’re awesome.

THE WINNERS LIST ...
Harcourts Coast Realty Waihi’ sponsorship goes back into the community as prizes. All the Christmas floats were fantastic. Thanks judges for a great job. Here are their choices. Best FloatWaihi East School. Most ChristmassySt Joseph’s School. Most Original Beach Road Garden Centre. Most Kiwi Waihi i-site and Gold Discovery Centre. CraziestWaihi Fire & Rescue’s ‘Old School Engine’. Just For the Hell of Itthe Mini Miners Jeep with Waihi Mine Rescue. Let’s Give Another One AwayGrey Power Waihi. And well done to Goldfields Railway with a steam engine and jigger display. All deserved winners. Best dressed youngster was ‘angel’ Olivia Malone on the St Joseph’s float and Best Dressed Adult went to Cherie Elmsley, a pirate aboard Waihi Beach Coastguard’s float.

CHRISTMAS CAROL TIME SATURDAY DOWNTOWN IN WAIHI
Waihi Women’s Choir is set to rock your socks off Saturday from 10 am with a mixture of upbeat Christmas carols, along with some smooth moves. The Salvation Army Band will perform around 11 am and then at 11.20 am they’ll combine and everyone can join in and sing along. Get into the spirit around the Waihi Memorial Hall tomorrow morning.

YOU’RE INVITED ON SUNDAY, BE PART OF THE SHOW TOO
Waihi Baptist Church host Christmas at the Lake. Grab a chair, blanket, maybe some food and refreshments, definitely some friends and family and head along for a singing good time. Starting at 5.30 pm, song sheets will be provided for this once a year event; perfectly timed for Christmas I might add. The band will be backing the crowd and encouraging you to sing your heart out to lots of your favourite carols. They’ll also have a few tunes to entertain you. Waihi Women’s Choir will also join them; what a good end to the weekend.

CAROLS AT THE LAGOON SOUNDS NICE
Whiritoa’s turn for carol singing is this Wednesday 21 December at 8 pm. Take something to sit on and a tea candle on something that will float out to sea – that’ll look amazing if the weather gods are kind. Carol books are available and it’s an open invitation to join the locals to celebrate Christmas. If wet meet in the Community Hall at 7.30 pm.

DIARISE THESE IN YOUR TO DO LIST
The Whiritoa Market is a great start to the New Year. It’s on Tuesday January 3 at the surf club from 9 am to 1 pm with around 40 stalls with treasures and who knows what for sale. And Waihi Art have their Beach Exhibition on between Friday January 6 and Sunday 8 at Waihi Beach Community Centre from 9 am to 4 pm featuring a variety of painting styles. There’ll be artists working on site and all art’s for sale. Entry’s a gold coin and their special display theme is ‘Tropical’ scenes.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: You can learn a lot from children ... like how much patience you have!