Update May 16

Posted by GO Waihi on 16/05/2018

We’re heading towards Queen’s Birthday and the long weekend and of course the Royal Wedding tomorrow, Saturday NZ time too. All the best to the happy couple, I’m sure Prince Harry and Meagan will be a big plus for the royal family. At home we’re settling in to the varied weather that autumn brings, and we should drive to those conditions too. Pull out the rake, sort the compost, dig the garden over, clear your gutters, air your house, get a bit of exercise and you’re almost ready for spring cleaning. Did I mention keeping up with the washing?

On the fourth Wednesday of each month the Waihi branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists meets at the Waihi Art Centre and Museum Gallery in Kenny St, starting at 1 pm. This month they have their AGM followed by a talk by Harriet Taylor titled ‘Another Tasmanian Convict Story’. Through the year their programme includes a video of Fred Evans and the 1912 miners’ strike, the Waikino School shooting and possibly a trip to Auckland to visit Archives NZ. The door charge is $3 and $5 when they have a guest speaker, and includes a cuppa and chat.

The historic Athenree Homestead in Athenree Rd’s latest fundraiser is an opportunity to take along a curio or two, the family heirloom or even that odd thing you’ve never known what it was to get valued by the experts. They’re holding an Antiques Roadshow on Sunday 27 May from 10 am to 2 pm with four valuers to look at your jewellery, china, pictures, furniture and more. It’s just $5 per item with funds going to the building fund. The Station will be open for refreshments too.

Now there’s a story line if I’ve ever heard one. Five women have one man in common who’s left a bequest that they need to work together for if they want to succeed. Waihi Drama Society is in the midst of rehearsals for “Curtains Up’ which starts on Thursday 31 May at the Boyd Rd Theatre. There’ll be matinees and night shows and all tickets are $15, available at the info centre in Waihi and on line at www.waihidramasociety.co.nz . Best seats always go first so sort your date, grab your friends and book early.

Here’s a heads up on some things to do and see across our last long weekend for a while. Waihi Art Club’s Exhibition is on at Waihi Memorial Hall across the weekend from 9 am to 4 pm daily with all art for sale and a special feature of Steampunk paintings. Artists will be working on site and a gold coin donation gets you in.

Waihi Beach Art & Craft Fair is on Sunday June 3 at the Community Hall with about 85 stalls. Take cash, the Waihi Beach RSA ladies are running the café and there are lots of new stalls again this year. They’re open from 10 am to 3.30 pm.

And Waihi Lions Book Fair is on Saturday and Sunday June 3 and 4 at the St John Hall, opposite the pumphouse at the top of Seddon St. They’ll be open from 9 am on Saturday and 10 am on Sunday. Donations of books, games, puzzles, jigsaws, CD’s, DVD’s and records can be dropped off at BP or Mobil in Waihi, the hardware store at Waihi Beach or the Caltex petrol station in Paeroa. I’ll have more info next week.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Don’t let gravity bring you down.