What's on in the Coromandel? 20 September 2018 Check out what events are on in the Coromandel. Although the annual Scallop Festival will not be going ahead in Whitianga this year as it has traditionally, local restaurants will still be providing fresh local seafood to celebrate. This weekend, come and enjoy fresh produce, music, and beverages in and around Whitianga. Also running this weekend is the Cathedral Cove Challenge, a waka ama event at Buffalo Beach Reserve, Whitianga. See below for more details. 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 Mecury Bay Estate - www.mercurybayestate.co.nz Cathedral Cove Macadamias - www.cathedralcovemacadamias.co.nz Oh Boy Tacos - www.ohboytacos.co.nz Cathedral Cove Challenge 2018 Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September at Buffalo Beach Reserve, Whitianga Day 1 of this waka ama event is a 25km 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 10km paddle out to Center Island and back, and W1 and W2 will do a 15km paddle to Cathedral Cove and back. For further information see the Whitianga Community Waka Ama website. Poets Circle at the New Venue Thursday 20 September, 7.00pm - 9.00pm at Carson's Bookshop and Gallery Cafe, 600 Pollen Street Thames. Award-winning guest poet from Kapiti Coast, Gill Ward and winners of the spring short poem contest will be announced. All visitors are welcome to read in open mic format. Saturday 22 September, 11.30am - 1.00pm in Coromandel Town, 85 Kapanga Road. An event for all ages with $10 door sales. Discover Coromandel Town and some of its heritage treasures. You’ll learn about tangata whenua, kauri forest logging and industry, kauri gum digging industry, the boom and bust years of the Gold Rush, and the big fire in 1895. Blame the cats Saturday 22 September, 7.30pm - 11.30pm at the Whangamata Club, 404 Port Road. Classic rockabilly, country, rock'n'roll from the 50's and 60's and more. Free admission for all ages. Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band Saturday 22 September, 7.30pm at Kaueranga Valley Hall.This band is dynamic, masterful and all about entertainment. With most of the Kauaeranga music shows so far being sell-outs, this one too is expected to be popular. For ticketing information visit the Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames or email: email@example.com Puriri Big Day Out Saturday 22 September, 10.00am - 2.00pm at Puriri School. An agriculture day with markets, hot food, coffee, raffles, live auctions, bouncy castles (weather permitting), face painting and more. Contact Nena on 021 060 7652 if you would like to hold a stall or for more information. Open Studios Coromandel Arts Tour Saturday 6 October - Sunday 7 October Saturday 13 October - Sunday 14 October Artists from Coromandel Town and surrounds are opening their studios to visitors during the first two weekends of October. Meet up to 35 artists whose work covers an extensive range of techniques. Explore studios that are found in exhibition galleries, work spaces with magnificent sea and landscape views and rustic workshops surrounded by bush, filled with bird song. Throughout both weekends and the days in between, each artist will display a work at the Hauraki House Gallery. The Gallery is a great starting point to pick up the Artist Guide and plan weekend studio visits. Further information can be found on the website www.coromandelartstour.co.nz Offbeat Theatre Company presents 'Blind Eye' October 9 - October 13 at the Coghill Theatre in Whitianga. Be prepared to be moved by this powerful New Zealand drama, directed by Christine Carter. Tickets are available from Paper Plus Whitianga, 71 Albert Street or phone Sharyn on 027 610 5933 for more details. Mercury Bay Homecoming Weekend Labour weekend 19 - 22 October 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. Events are being planned for the weekend, and will be updated here. Whangamata Lions Market Saturday 20 October, 8.00am at the 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 Labour weekend 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. Thames Hospital 150 years Celebration Friday 2 November - Sunday 4 November 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 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. See here for more. Tairua Trail and Tides Saturday 10 November 2018 This event features a 20km, 10km and 5km run or walk. To enter see Simply Timings website. Pauanui Christmas Home Wander Saturday 24 November 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. Saturday 1 December at Coroglen Tavern. 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. Fat Freddy's Drop Monday 7 January 2019 at Thames Racecourse. 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. Whitianga Summer Concert Sunday 27 January 2019 (Auckland Anniversary Weekend) at Whitianga Waterways Arena. 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. 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 a collection of stalls and produce right by the harbour next to the one-lane bridge on the Tairua Main Road from 9am -1pm. Coromandel Town Homegrown Community Market - Every Friday morning on Wharf Road beside the BNZ bank you will find an array of local, homegrown produce and crafts for sale. District Libraries Te Wiki o te Reo Māori - Celebrate Māori Language Week - Te Wiki o te Reo Māori this month. Take part in the daily quiz after school and go in the draw to win an awesome prize. We'll also have our kupu o te rā (word of the day) on Facebook. Book Launch - Brenda Sewell - Mercury Bay Library, Friday 21 September, 11.00am. Archaeologist and social historian Brenda Sewell introduces her new book, packed-full of memories of the early camping days at Opito Bay. Family History DNA user group get-together - Mercury Bay Library, Tuesday 25 September, 10.30 am - 12pm. Considering having your DNA tested? Which is the best test for you? Have you had a test and want to understand more about your results? Join in with an informal, face-to-face discussion group, lead by scientist and genealogist Michelle Patient as we investigate the emerging tool of DNA testing, the ethical issues to consider, and the genealogical analysis required. Knitting Group - Thames Library's knitting group meets every Tuesday at 10am. Tea and coffee provided - drop by for a knit and natter! Lego Clubs - Mercury Bay Lego Club takes place every Tuesday after school at the library from 3:30pm, while Thames Library Lego Club meets every Wednesday at 3:30pm. Toddler Time - We meet every Wednesday at 10am at Mercury Bay Library, and every Thursday at 9:30am at Thames Library. Tairua Library After-School Club - Drop in to Tairua Library from 3:30pm every Thursday for our NEW after-school club. We have Lego to build with and game to play! Teen Club - Check out our NEW book club for teens at Thames Library. We meet once a month in the Carnegie Room for book reviews, board games and food! Our first meeting will be on September 4th from 3:30pm. See you there! Book Clubs - Thames Library Book Club meets in the Carnegie Room on the first Friday of the month at 10:30am. Mercury Bay Library Book Club meets next door to the library at Cafe Nina at 10:30am on the second Wednesday of the month. Genealogy groups - The Thames and Whitianga branches of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists would love to help solve your history mysteries. At Thames Library, we meet on the second Friday of the month from 10am. At Mercury Bay Library, drop in from 2pm onwards on the third Tuesday of the month, or phone Mercury Bay Library to book a one-on-one slot. Thames Library Book Club - 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. For further information please see the Thames-Coromandel District Libraries Facebook page.