Update December 13

Posted by GO Waihi on 13/12/2017

10 more sleeps and Santa’s got one heck of a night visiting children all around the world, that’s good children! Mid to high 20’s on the thermometer through the week really has set the scene for summer. Swim between the flags, wear sunscreen, expect delays on the roads, help your hosts, be nice to each other and eat your greens. Had to get that last one in! We’ve got plenty on so let’s get underway.

ALL WINNERS AT THE WAIHI CHRISTMAS PARADE
First a big thanks to all those who took the time and effort to create floats of all sorts for last Saturday’s GO Waihi Christmas Parade with Harcourts Waihi. The community spirit is alive and well and very creative too. Secondly to everyone who turned up and enjoyed a fun day, you’re awesome. We gave out lots of prize money for community groups and schools. The judges chose St Joseph’s School as the Best Float. Most Christmassy went to the Salvation Army. Grey Power Waihi won Craziest while Most Kiwi winners were Waihi Beach Surf Club. Winner of the Most Original Float was Central School’s ‘Trash to Flash’ walking float, while the Having the Most Fun Prize went to First Steps Preschool Waihi. Waihi Drama Society took out the This Float‘s Worth a Prize Too while Best Dressed Adult went to Rhonda & Felicity with Happy Dogs and Horses and Oscar Sandford on the Waihi Drama Society float won Best Dressed Child. The weather held and a lot of Christmas shopping got done during the Christmas Market Day through the morning. And thanks Santa and Mrs Claus, it was great to see you there. (of course I’ve been behaving!)

SATURDAY'S THE BIG FUN DAY AT GILMOUR LAKE
Get along between 6 pm and 8 pm and enjoy the free sausage sizzle, check out the model boats on the lake, have a go rock hunting, there’s a Make-A-Wish Tree and plenty of space for a picnic dinner too. Lights on the lake will see the lake lit up as dusk approaches and there’s a great playground there for the kids too. Stretch your legs and stroll around the lake or relax and enjoy the atmosphere as the sun slowly sinks.

WAIHI’S CHRISTMAS SHOPPING LATE NIGHT WEDNESDAY 20TH
This will be a good time in the cool of the late afternoon to head to Waihi’s CBD where lots of shops will be open from 5 pm to late with all sorts of fantastic Christmas gifts. Sarah Spicer’s got the music lined up and there’s free face painting too. Keep an eye out for some colourful characters from Rosemont Costumes and Santa will be roving the street with treats for the kids. And make sure you enter to win the combined shops hamper. With every purchase, you make on Wednesday night jot your contact details on your till receipts and put them into the box with the miner outside the Memorial Hall. We’ll draw a winner the next morning at 8.10 am on Gold FM.

HEADS UP FROM WHIRITOA FIRE FORCE & SURF CLUB
A reminder from the Fire Force team there’ll be a total, that’s total fire ban starting on December 20 until further notice. And that includes fireworks. Also boys and girls should keep an eye out around Whiritoa village on Christmas Eve for Santa handing out lollies from about 4.30 pm. Oh yes, the Whiritoa Surf Club’s New Year Market’s always a good one to visit. It’s on Wednesday 3 January by the surf club from 9 am to 1 pm. I’ll have more Whiritoa news next week.

THE PAINT IS YET TO DRY ON SOME ART WORK
Art Waihi’s Annual Exhibition is coming up January 12 to 14 at Waihi Memorial Hall. Always an interesting time where you can browse lots of styles of art as well as talk to some of the artists as they work, there’ll also be guest artists featuring mosaic work and colourful paintings, and everything will be for sale. On from 10 am to 4 pm daily it’s just a gold coin donation at the entrance.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Cluttered desk, cluttered mind. Empty desk … ???