What's on in the Coromandel? 06 September 2018 The Coromandel's event calendar is once again bursting with events for the summer months ahead. With just over three months to go until summer arrives on our shores make sure you have booked your annual leave, secured your tickets and are ready to join in the fun. Whangamata Run Walk Festival Saturday 8 September 2018 With half marathon (21km),10km and 5km events, the Whangamata Run Walk Festival offers something for participants of all ages and abilities. All three courses take in spectacular views of ocean beach and pristine bush-clad hills along the way. For registration details see the Whangamata Run Walk Festival website. Michael Dunstan Sunday 9 September 2018 Lukes Kitchen, Kuaotunu Off the back of an Australian tour for the newly released EP 'Partly Cloudy', with sold out shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, Michael is headed for beautiful New Zealand for the 'Partly Cloudy NZ Tour'. You can find out further information on Lukes Kitchen and this event on the Lukes Kitchen facebook page. This is a free event. Pick It Up Now Saturday 15 September 2018, 1.00pm - 3.00pm Patukirikiri Reserve and Hauraki Reserve Pick It Up Now is a sustainability project in The Coromandel about influencing a culture change to get people to pick up rubbish rather than walk past it…however #pickitupnow stands for so much more – ways to reduce plastic usage and reducing rubbish. Joining with the national Keep NZ Beautiful campaign week the Coromandel Town Information Centre is organising a huge clean-up in Coromandel Town. It would be great to get the entire town cleaned up with many willing helpers. There are going to be some spot prizes so you may be lucky, bags and gloves will be supplied. For futher information see the Pick It Up Now website or give Sandra a call at the Coromandel Information Centre (07) 866 8598. Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September 2018 The Whitianga Scallop Festival is having a gap year due to the town centre and marina upgrade – but for those keen to enjoy the local delicacy fresh at the start of the season, local restaurants are hosting a Celebration of Seafood weekend. Come and enjoy seafood and music with beer and wine matches, in and around the Whitianga restaurants and wineries. The weekend will also include food stalls with seafood selections, entertainment and activities at Soldiers Memorial Park.The Celebration Of Seafood Weekend participants are: Stoked Restaurant - Seafood dishes paired with wines, beers and live music www.getstoked.co.nz Salt Restaurant and Bar - Seafood fusion extravaganza - www.salt-whitianga.co.nz Whitianga Hotel - Seafood fusion extravaganza www.whitiangahotel.co.nz Poivre et Sel - Seafood degustation menu (paired with Mills Reef wines) www.poivresel.co.nz The Lost Spring - Dine, dip, spa and live music www.thelostspring.co.nz Grace O'Malley's - Seafood extravaganza www.graceomalleys.co.nz Frankies - Seafood delights with live music- www.frankiessportsbar.co.nz Cathedral Cove Challenge 2018 Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September 2018 Buffalo Beach Reserve, Whitianga Day 1 of this Waka Ama event is a 25 km race for W6 out around Center Island, then on to Cathedral Cove and back. Day 2 is Junior W6, Novice W6 and W1 and W2. The Juniors and Novice W6 will do a 10 km paddle out to Center Island and back, and W1 and W2 will do a 15 km paddle to Cathedral Cove and back. Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band Saturday 22 September 7.30pm This band is dynamic, masterful and all about entertainment. And with most of Kauaeranga Music’s shows so far this year being sell-outs, this one too is expected to be popular. For ticketing information visit Shop: Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames or Email: Kauaerangahallmusic@gmail.com Nominations close Friday 28 September 2018 for the Hauraki/Thames Coromandel District Sports Awards 2018. For further information on how to make your nominations see the Sports Waikato website. Mercury Bay Homecoming Weekend Labour Weekend 19 - 22 October 2018 Mark your calendars, call your friends and make plans now to come home for the inaugural Mercury Bay Homecoming Weekend! Time to reconnect with old friends, retell classic stories and relive happy memories. Everyone welcome, bring your families and show off our beautiful area. Events are being planned for the weekend, and will be updated as we hear about them below. For further information see Mercury Bay Homecoming Weekend on facebook. Whangamata Lions Market Saturday 20 October 2018, 8.00am Whangamata Memorial Hall Crafts, farmers produce, fruit and vegetables, devonshire teas cafe, sausage sizzle, fudge, crepes, candy floss, art exhibition, book sale and more. Pauanui 50 years Celebration 19 October 2018 50 years ago the first lot of sections were sold in Pauanui. To mark the 50th anniversary of Pauanui we are wanting people to share their stories, memories and photos of Pauanui from 1968-current. A dedicated Facebook page (Pauanui 50th Anniversary) has been set up to facilitate this exchange of tales. See the Pauanui 50th Celebration Facebook page for further details. Thames Hospital 150 years Celebration Friday 2 November - Sunday 4 November 2018 Celebrations include a programme of events from Friday 2 November to Sunday 4 November (registration required), and a series of lectures that feature how the hospital has developed its patient care from its simple beginnings through to the specialised services and innovative technology of today. For further details see Waikato District Health Boards website Steampunk the Thames 8 - 11 November 2019 The Thames Steampunk Festival rocks our region’s biggest town every November. The event attracts people from all over New Zealand, as well as steampunk enthusiasts from around the world, many of whom book their visit years in advance. The festival programme includes steampunk balls, banquet and burlesque, as well as exhibitions and concerts. Many events are family-friendly and free. Full Steam Ahead Party Thursday 8th November, from 8.00pm Steampunk Central, Corner Cochrane & Queen Street, Thames Come and get the weekend celebrations started. Great dance band. Supper provided. For further information see the Steampunk the Thames website. Tairua Trail and Tides Run or Walk Saturday 10 November 2018 This event features a 20km, 10km and 5km run. To enter see Simply Timings website. Pauanui Christmas Home Wander Saturday 24 November 2018 A day not to be missed. Stunning homes, Christmas flavor, Devonshire Tea, all for Look Good Feel Better, supporting cancer patients.. For further information see Pauanui Christmas Home Wander on facebook. Coroglen Tavern Saturday 1 December 2018 Donavon Frankenreiter will bring his honey-thick vocals, masterful guitar work and newest album “The Heart” to the Coromandel Peninsula for one night only. Known and loved for his positive outlook and easy folk sounds, Donavon Frankenreiter started his professional life first as a surfer, before launching his solo music career as the protégé of Jack Johnson. For ticketing information see Eventfinda. Whitianga Summer Concert Whitianga Waterways Arena Sunday 27 January 2019 (Auckland Anniversary Weekend) Another sizzling hot summer of music will be hitting our shores in January with Greenstone Entertainment announcing its line-up of four international acts for the annual Summer Concert Tour. See the Greenstone Entertainment website for further details. Fat Freddy's Drop Thames Racecourse Monday 7 January 2019 Freddy’s annual summer roady around New Zealand in Jan 2019 gets a super-charged tune up with the addition of some incredible tour bus buddies; DJ legend Norman Jay MBE direct from London plus local super stars Ladi6, Salmonella Dub featuring Tiki Taane, The Black Seeds and Troy Kingi with more to be announced. With fresh tour destinations added to the menu, Freddys are about to serve up one massive summer tour. For ticketing information see Ticketmaster. Leadfoot Festival 2 and 3 February 2019 The Leadfoot Festival is a unique weekend bringing together a mix of classic cars, vintage motorcycles and motorsport legends. Tickets are offered to the general public with an invitation to Rod and Shelly Millen’s private grounds at Leadfoot Ranch. The 150 acre, ocean-front estate in Hahei on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula features a long driveway that winds through the property designed to be the perfect hill climb. For ticketing information see Leadfoot Festival's website. Tuia 250 Encounters In 2019, New Zealand will mark 250 years since the first meetings between Māori and Europeans during James Cook and the Endeavour's 1769 voyage to Aotearoa New Zealand. A national commemoration, Tuia – Encounters 250, will acknowledge this pivotal moment in our nation’s history as well as the exceptional feats of Pacific voyagers who reached and settled in Aotearoa many years earlier. For information on how you can be involved see Ministry of Culture and Heritage website or Mercury 250 website. Farmers Markets Thames Market Every Saturday 8am-12noon - Pollen Street, Grahamstown. Head down to the Thames Market this weekend. Don't forget to bring your own bag, basket or box to the Thames Market, plastic carry bags are no longer allowed. Tairua Market The first Saturday of every month, you will find this eclectic collection of stalls and produce right by the harbour next to the one-lane bridge in the Tairua Main Road. From 9:00am through to about 1:00pm. Coromandel Town Homegrown Community Market Each Friday morning on Wharf Road beside the BNZ Bank you will find an array of local/homegrown produce and crafts for sale. Organic and gluten free options . . . you're spoilt for choice. Thames Library Book Club is a relaxed and informal book group. Meet other book lovers and share what you’re reading. Here's the ideal place to pick up some tasty new titles. The Book Club is held in the Thames Library's meeting space, the Carnegie Room, on the first Friday of every month. Lego Club Mercury Bay Lego Club is free and happens every Tuesday from 3.30pm - 4.30pm at Mercury Bay Library. Thames Lego Club is free and happens on the first Wednesday of the month from 3.30pm - 4.30pm at Thames Library. For further information please see the Thames-Coromandel District Libraries Facebook page.