Update January 15

Posted by Go Waihi on 15/01/2016

School holidays continue, if only mine did too ... these words have been on a few people’s lips recently. I hope you’re coping if it’s a case of returning to work. A couple of four day working weeks soon are something to look forward to, that’s three day weekends by the way. There’s still plenty to keep people busy, and relaxed for that matter. The beach, the bush, the boutique shopping and the backyard bbq sounds a good mix to me. Take a swim, go for a walk, enjoy some retail therapy and good food with family and friends is another way of describing the lifestyle we have come to enjoy around here. Welcome to visitors, take your time, take in the surrounds and take home some great memories ... and we’ll see you again soon eh?

This starts next Friday running across the weekend. There’s a parade through town on Friday morning at 11 am going up Seddon St and down Gilmour St to Gilmour Lake, where a memorial dedication will take place at 1 pm. Everyone’s invited, take a picnic, and there’ll be food and refreshments available at the lake. There’s a dinner Friday evening, seminars across Saturday, with dinner and a film that night. Sunday sees a guided cemetery tour and a farewell brunch.

They’re starting to hit the streets around the Coromandel. We’ll have them in lots of stores and businesses through Waihi, and you can go to our website to check out over forty walks and other activities suitable for the fit and keen tramper through to the first timer and families. That’s the aim of ECHO Walking Festival; participation by as many ‘walks’ of life as possible. They’re all guided, most are free (unless there’s a vehicle ride involved), and they’re right on our back doorstep, from the Coromandel to the South Waikato. From an hour to a day or more, it’s your choice, but make sure you book online early as some have maximum numbers.

The paint is drying, the oils are out, brushstrokes are taking place and art is being created as you read this with members of Art Waihi putting the final touches to their works ready for their annual exhibition at Waihi Memorial Hall. January 29 to February 1 for a gold coin donation you can enjoy browsing the fruits of their labour, and even purchase something that catches your eye. Open daily between10 am and 4 pm their guest artist is Val Tubman, and there are craft artists works on display too.

Year number three for Waikino’s Summer Ceilidh Dance is coming up on Saturday January 30 at 7 pm. The historic Victoria Hall in Waikino is the venue where local musicians will back Pete Grassby of England’s Aardvark Ceilidh Band, who’ll be calling the dancing. Yep, he tells you what steps to do next so you can learn while you dance. $20 gets you in and it’s BYO I understand. Fun? You betcha!

You have to say Waihi Lions do a fantastic job marshalling the day, which is Wednesday March 30 this year by the way. What we’d like to do is lighten their load looking after the road closure barriers, making sure everyone’s safe and having a good time and ... well that should do it really. If you’re available for the day and would like to lend a hand then GO Waihi would love to hear from you. It’s a big day; Waihi gives the five day Ultimate Beach Hop ticket holders a great first day to remember, with everything from best dressed male and female prizes and trophies for the best hot rod and classic car to three bands pumping out rock and roll through the streets of Waihi and the Gold FM Drag Race – all packed into four blocks of town. I’ll have more details soon but rest assured it’s a great day for everyone, whether you love cars or just a good time.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Just because they’re on the road doesn’t mean their mind is.