Whats on in the Coromandel? 05 September 2019 Hauraki House is the place to be this weekend with the ‘Last Legs’ comedy show, and retro paintings display by Rod MacLeod or enjoy Auckland-based blues-rockabilly-roots-rock band – Recliner Rockers in Thames. If being outdoors is more suited to you, join in and celebrate the 24th G.J.Gardner Homes Whangamata Run Walk Festival this Saturday. Whangamata Run Walk Festival Whangamata Lions are the organisers of this festival. All proceeds from this event are returned to the community so come to the Paradise Coast for a weekend of recreation and fun. The pride of the Coromandel, Whangamata, boasts a wide range of recreational choices including: surfing, fishing, kayaking, tramping, mountain biking, birdwatching as well as plenty of shopping, arts and crafts, plus great cafes, restaurants, bars and service clubs. There are 5k, 10k and half-marathon races and entrants can either walk or run them. There are many spot prizes, the major one is a $2000 travel prize. For more information click here. Recliner Rockers 7 September, 8pm at the Junction Hotel, 700 Pollen St, Thames. Auckland-based blues-rockabilly-roots-rock band. Tickets available from the venue, $10 door sales. Festival of Living Solutions Expo 7 September, 10am - 2pm at St James Church, Corner of Pollen and Pahua St, Thames. A festival with something for everyone; showcasing a wide range of things we can do to care for our environment. T3 - Transition Town Thames is putting on the event and will have a wide range of information and inspirational ideas provided by local people taking action. This year is the 50th anniversary of Conservation Week with the theme "Nature needs us". DOC will be at the festival expo with a display and free native seedlings to take home to help you provide habitat for wildlife in your backyard. Check out the t3 website for all the details. The gut brain connection - A focus on mental health 10 September, 6pm at Dandelion Cakery, 314 Aickin Rd, Whangamata. In this session Nova Jade, clinical nutritionist, will explain the fascinating relationship between the gut and the brain, and explore how nutrition and digestive health play a vital role in overall mental wellbeing. Bookings are essential. Click here for further details. Kelvin Cruickshank Live Whangamata - 14 September, 7pm - 9.30pm at the Whangamata Golf Club, 2845 Waihi-Whangamata Rd. Whitianga - 15 September, 7pm - 9.30pm at the Flight Club Ballroom, Aero Club Hangar, South Highway. By popular demand NZ Medium Kelvin Cruickshank is coming back to the Coromandel. Passing on messages from people who have died and are in spirit is what Kelvin was put on earth to do. However, since the incredible success of Sensing Murder, there's been such a great demand from people on this side wanting private readings and it is just not physically possible for him to do them anymore. The best way for Kelvin to be able to put people in touch with the loved ones they've lost - and also help them to understand how the afterlife works - is through his live show Kelvin Cruickshank Live. For more information and tickets see kelvincruickshank.com. Trail Trilogy Sunday 15 September, Kaiaua-Thames-Te Aroha-Paeroa walk. Flat-out fun through six towns across the Hauraki Rail Trail. For more information click here. Thames Valley Junior Cricket Muster Te Puru School quiz night Scallop Festival Scallop Festival Sold Out Saturday 21 September The Whitianga Scallop Festival is one of New Zealand’s iconic seafood events, held on the Esplanade in the picturesque village in Whitianga. For event information here. The Kugels 26 September, 7.30pm at the Kauaeranga Hall, 437 Kauaeranga Valley Rd. Klezmer music with The Kugels - wild, spirited and haunting. Three top musicians and a celebrated composer have joined together in their love of klezmer, the feisty 19th century folk music of the Jewish people. Robin Perks, Debbie Rawson and Jacqueline Nordon, former members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and composer/New Zealand Arts Laureate Ross Harris were a great hit when they toured with AOTNZ in 2016. Now they’re back again with music that makes you want to dance.The programme features the original Klezmer compositions of accordionist/NZ Arts Laureate Ross Harris, interspersed with music from the traditional repertory – originally played at weddings and other celebrations in Eastern and Central Europe. Featuring the highly expressive sound of violin, clarinet, accordion and bass, laced with the multi-talented reeds of Debbie Rawson on soprano sax, clarinet, bass clarinet and the Maui Xaphoon, The Kugels bring these exciting and evocative songs to the stage, together with an informative and engaging commentary. Visit aotnz.co.nz for more information. Open Studios Coromandel Arts Tour First two weekends in October from 10am - 4pm Over the first two weekends of October, 34 local artists will welcome visitors to their studios. From 5-13 October between 10am-4pm, each artist will be displaying a work in an exhibition at Hauraki House, the dynamic artistic hub of Coromandel Town. Pieces include paint, ceramic, pottery, printmaking, pastel, textile, felting, metalwork, woodwork, glass, jewellery, sculpture, weaving and mixed media. Studio locations range from exhibition galleries to work spaces with wonderful sea and landscape views and rural workshops surrounded by bush and birds. Open Studios Coromandel Arts Tour – Gala opening Friday 4 October 5:30pm at Hauraki House, 230 Kapanga Road. Artists, art lovers and family/whanau are invited to celebrate the Open Studios Coromandel Arts Tour. Meet the local artists, experience their work and enjoy a drink and nibbles.For more information contact email@example.com. Greg Copeland and Steve 'Guitar' Gilles acoustic Blues duo 6 October, 7pm - 10pm at Eggsentric Cafe And Restaurant, 1049 Purangi Rd, Cooks Beach. Greg Copeland is coming back to New Zealand. He's is taking it to the roots with an up close and personal acoustic journey. Greg pays his dues to the originals and forefathers of the Blues from deep down South, channelling the spirit into his own material and style. You'll hear warm embraces with Sister Soul and a tip of the hat to Brother Funk. Click here for further details. Spring Surf n Eco program 7 - 9 October, from 10am - 2pm each day. Keep the kids entertained in Whangamata during the next school holiday period with Surf n Stay's three day surf n eco program including surfing, skating and an eco workshop with a beach clean up. The program is suitable for children aged 6 - 14 years old. Click here for further details. Spring salads workshop 17 October, 6.30pm - 8.30pm at Whanga Bar, 101 Winifred Avenue, Whangamata. Forage + Feast workshops will be demonstrating a range of side and full meal salads accompanied with dressings to match. Their salads are different because they incorporate a range of seasonal ingredients to make it a well-rounded nutritious meal. They will be talking you through all the reasons why they have made these salads as they are. For more information and tickets see www.sageandgrace.co. Ice Skate Tour 17 October - 20 October at Parawai School, Lowe Ave, Parawai. Be prepared for a cool but not cold ice skating experience. The Ice Skate Tour travels around New Zealand with state of the art, artificial ice rinks. On Friday, 18 October, the Parawai Curling Cup will be held from 6pm onwards. Enter your team (adults only) for a great night out on www.facebook.com/thecurlingcup. For times and more information visit Eventfinda. CoroVibes Saturday 19 October at Cory Park, Tairua. Fresh Coromandel flavours, inspirational speakers on the mind, body and soul. Top New Zealand brands, good vibes and great times. For more information click here. Whangamata Lions Craft & Farmers Market Saturday, October 26, 8am - 2pm at 326 Port Road, Whangamata. The market hosts 100 plus stalls of every description filling the Memorial Hall Complex, and outside in more of an open air market. There will be Crafts, Farmers Produce, Fruit and Vegetables, Devonshire Teas Cafe, Sausage Sizzle, Bacon and Egg/Steak sandwiches, homemade Fudge, Crepes, Candy Floss, Art Exhibition, Face Painting, and much more. For more information click here. Tuia – Encounters 250 (Tuia 250) In 2019, Aotearoa New Zealand will acknowledge 250 years since the first onshore meetings between Māori and Europeans. Tuia – Encounters 250 (Tuia 250) is the national commemoration that recognises this milestone in our history. This is a time to share, debate and reflect – to enable a more balanced telling of our stories, so that we speak openly and respectfully about our history. Tuia 250 is an opportunity to hold some honest conversations about Māori and European settlement of New Zealand to guide us as we go forward together. Events and activities in regions right around the country will help New Zealanders to join the discussion. A key part of the commemoration is the Tuia 250 Voyage. A flotilla of Pacific and European vessels will sail around the coast for a period of three months, between October and December 2019, landing in Mercury Bay. For further information on events in Mercury Bay see the Mercury 250 website here. MitoQ K2 Cycle Race Saturday 2 November The K2 Cycle Race starts and finishes in Thames. It is the toughest one-day cycle challenge in the Southern Hemisphere. It is also one of the most scenic and varied as it circumnavigates the Coromandel. For more information visit the website. Steampunk The Thames Thursday 7 November - Sunday 10 November The fifth annual steampunk festival of the arcane and thaumaturgic arts will crank up a head of steam with an action packed, fun filled weekend of high-energy hoopla for grownups and young people alike. For more information click here. Dylan Stewart - Conscious Rambling Thursday 9 January 8pm – 9:30pm at the Hauraki House Theatre, 230 Kapanga Rd, Coromandel Town. Award-winning comedian Dylan Stewart brings his new show Conscious Ramblings to Coromandel. This is not a show for the PC brigade, best to leave the kids at home. For tickets or more information click here. L.A.B with Mako Road and Soaked Oats 28 December, 6pm - 11pm at the Coroglen Tavern. Recently named by Radio New Zealand as New Zealand’s Best Live Act, L.A.B. are gearing up for another massive summer period. These shows will be the first since the upcoming release of their third album, their third in three years. Set for release in late-2019, the album continues to build on the momentum that has seen them become a favourite on the NZ festival circuit. This show at the legendary The Coroglen Tavern will see L.A.B. performing alongside Mako Road and Soaked Oats, two acts who have also seen sold out audiences across Australia and NZ through 2019. These shows will see three of NZ's best live acts combining for two epic shows. Tickets available now from Eventfinda. Sticky Fingers 4 January, 7pm - 10.30pm at the Coroglen Tavern (R18). Following the success of their latest album, the Coroglen Tavern has decided to tee up again this summer with the timeless legends - Sticky Fingers. The "Yours To Keep Tour" is a seven-date tour travelling all over New Zealand which is bound to keep you grooving this summer. Tickets on sale 4 September at 7pm from stickyfingerstheband.com. The last stop on the Greenstone Entertainment 2020 Summer Concert Tour visits Whitianga with music spanning the decades, from the late 1960s through to early 2000's. This event sold out in record time but for those who were lucky enough to get a ticket, click here for more information. The Leadfoot Festival 8 and 9 February 2020 A unique weekend on the New Zealand and international calendar that brings together a unique mix of classic cars, vintage motorcycles and motorsport legends. New Zealand racing legend, Rod Millen opens his private grounds at the Leadfoot Ranch to host more than 150 champion and competitive race participants. Click here for more information. 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 not available. Thames Crafters Market - Held the second Saturday of each month. 8am – 2pm, Welsey Hall Pahau St Thames, behind Saint James Church opposite the GBD. Contact Dana on 0272220700 or Gaylene on 0211424543 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. Whangamata Sunday Market - Held in the heart of the Whangamata township in the Council carpark on Port Rd from 9am - 1pm, selling goods from arts and crafts to produce. To see the dates for winter click here.