Update November 8

Posted by GO Waihi on 08/11/2017

With NCEA and Scholarship exams underway a ‘good luck’ seems appropriate. Although it’s the hard work not the luck that will get results. 46 days and we’ll be finding out if Santa Claus thinks we’ve behaved. Which means 55 days, or 7 weeks and 6 days and we’re looking at 2018 calendars! I hope you enjoyed the unexpected fine weather last weekend; it’d be nice if we could expect a few more. We’ve got plenty on around the Waihi district so let’s tuck into things.

You’ll hear sheep, cows, goats, horses and alpacas on Saturday as the Waihi A & P Show takes place for the 79th time at their showgrounds. Starting at 9.30 am there’s a full day with categories for all ages and levels, including children. Add in stalls, food and refreshments, a petting zoo, pony and donkey rides, cows and goats being milked, a lucky gate prize draw at 2.30 pm (you must be there) and a roaming magician and it’s good value for the family, especially when it’s just $5 adults, $2 children and $12 a family. And park your car next door for $2! Head along Parry Palm Ave, that’s State Highway 2, to the end of the palms and you’re there.

It’s simple, just get to the Community Hall between 4.30 pm and 7 pm ’ish with a plate of nibbles and your choice of drink and you’re mixing and mingling. What a great community event.

Friday and Saturdaynight at 7.30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm the songs of the 60’s will fill the Waihi Drama Society stage as they perform Fifty and Fabulous for the last times. $20 for two and a half hours is good value for money, and they throw in a cuppa at the interlude! A great storyline goes that some friends approaching the dreaded fifty end up on stage performing a fundraiser when the band cancels. You’ll have to see the show to see what happens next. For tickets and information go to www.waihidramasociety.co.nz.

Open to everyone, including professionals who work with older people, this is a chance to hear about financial safety, cyber safety and legal things with Waihi Community Resource Centre. There’s safety in the home, elder abuse, and support and services available regarding dementia. Morning tea and a chance to chat to the experts are included and it’s free. Head for the Waihi St John’s Hall in Johnston St from 10 am to midday this Wednesday 15 November.

On Landlyst Rd in Golden Valley next Sunday (19 Nov) between 10 am and 3 pm you can enjoy 5 hours of food, cooking demos, music, entertainment and crafts at Waihi’s Vegetarian Festival. Entry’s free into the International Academy and lots of activities and entertainment are too. Take cash for the 40 plus stalls, as some will have eftpos, but others won’t.

It’s update three for the Rainbow Welcome event at Victoria (Rocket) Park. We’ve tried twice and haven’t got the weather to coincide so let’s make a plan for Saturday 25 November and have some fun between 11 am and 1 pm. It’s a chance to thank the businesses and folk who’ve helped get the rainbow to town. Keep an eye out for Pooh Bear and Tigger. There’ll be rock hunting with prizes from Rainbow’s End, Goldfields Railway, Gold Discovery Centre and Spikes Bricks and Models. Resenes has a heap of prizes like M & M’s, lollipops and balloons to giveaway too. Throw in a free sausage sizzle and face painting with GO Waihi and we’re almost there. Now it’s just down to the weather Gods.

Check our website, call me, email me or tap me on the shoulder in the grocery store and we’ll get a form out to you to be part of GO Waihi’s Christmas Parade with Harcourt’s Waihi. Kids, big kids and adults that have never grown up love this day. It starts with the Christmas Market Day from 9 am and ends with the Christmas Parade at 1 pm. In between is fun, frivolity, entertainment, raffles, music and a good time not to be missed. Want to be part of the day then get a float or stall form pronto, fill it out and get it back to GO Waihi. Oh the date, Saturday 9 December!

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