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Festival Events 2015

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A festival of yesteryears - join us in costume and bring the young ones.
One day they'll be in charge of our heritage.

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Friday
13th March
to Tuesday
17th March
  Thames Music & Drama

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A collection of songs, recordings, and sketches will provide a poignant and respectful remembrance to all those in different branches of the armed forces during World War One. Sessions: Friday 13th March at 7.00pm; Saturday 14th 7.00pm; Sunday 15th 2.00pm; Tuesday 17th 7.00pm. Tickets on sale from Thames I-Site

Venue: Tararu Cultural Centre, 604 Tararu Road, Tararu
Price: Adult $15.00; Seniors & Children $10.00
Contact: Ewan Grant-Mackie   Ph: 07.8685938
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Saturday
14th March
to Saturday
21st March
  Thames Heritage Quiz!

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The Thames Library is about to test your knowledge of Thames History! Pick up your copy of the quiz from the library, fill in your answers and drop it back into the front desk before the end of the Festival to be in to win! First prize is a wonderful new book on Thames History, and spot prizes of library vouchers will be up for grabs. How well do you know Thames History?

Venue: Thames Library
Price: Free!
Contact: Shannon Loney   Ph: 868 6616
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Saturday
14th March
to Saturday
21st March
  Harpist at Embellish

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Listen to the mesmerising sound of the harp, played beautifully by Katinka at Embellish during the week of the Festival. Times will vary during the week, so check at Embellish Collectibles.

Venue: Embellish, Grahamstown, 750 Pollen Street, Thames
Price: Free
Contact: Katherine   Ph: Embellish, Ph. 07.8688088
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Saturday
14th March
7pm   Thames Music & Drama

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Tribute to The Anzacs - Show starts at 7.00pm. Tickets at Thames I-Site.

Venue: Tararu Cultural Centre, Thames
Price: Adult $15.00 / Seniors & Children $10.00
Contact: Ewan Grant-Mackie   Ph: 07.8685938
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Saturday
14th March
  Ukes on Fire in Victoria Park

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Come along to Victoria Park for some great music. Ukes on Fire will be playing at 11.00am, and there will be other entertainment during the day.

Venue: Victoria Park, Thames
Price: Free
Contact: Dave Greenslade   Ph: 07.8675282
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Saturday
14th March
to Sunday
15th March
  Small Gauge Railway

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All aboard the steam train at Victoria Park. A new platform has been completed for the Heritage Day in the Park. Trains start running from 10.00am on Saturday 14th. On Sunday 15th the trains are running from 9.30am to 3.00pm. All children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Venue: Victoria Park, Thames
Price: $2.00/ride or $10.00 for 7 rides. Children under 3 years are free.
Contact: Gordon Rutherfurd   Ph: 07.8689833
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Saturday
14th March
  Bella Street Pumphouse Open Day

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The pumping plant officially opened in 1898 and over a hundred years later is an important part of Thames gold fields history. See the machinery, working models, photo display and lots more. Hours open: 10.00am to 3.00pm. For a true experience of a bygone era catch a ride in a Charabanc to/from Victoria Park. THE PUMPHOUSE IS OPEN ON WEEKENDS 10.00AM TO 3.00PM

Venue: Bella Street Pumphouse- corner of Bella & Cochrane Streets
Price: Gold coin donation
Contact: Cara Penney   Ph: 07 868-7820
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Saturday
14th March
to Sunday
22nd March
  Boat Cruise on The Waihou

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Enjoy a cruise on the Waihou River and see Thames as the early settlers did, travelling in the restored river launch "Ariana". Dates & Times of Sailings: Saturday 14th March - 1.00pm & 2.30pm (1 hour); Sunday 15th - 1.00pm, 2.30pm, 4.00pm ( 1 hour); Monday 16th - 2.00pm, 3.30pm ( 1 hour); Tuesday 17th - 3.30pm, 5.00pm (1 hour); Wednesday 18th Twilight Cruise - 6.00pm (BYO Wine)(1 hour); Thursday 19th - 7.00am for Bike Riders to Kopu (2 hours), 6.00pm Twilight Cruise (1 hour)(BYO); Friday 20th - 8.00am for Bike Riders to Kopu (2 hours); Saturday 21st - 9.00am, 10.00am & 11.00am (1 hour); Sunday 22nd Thames to Paeroa Maritime Museum (approx. 4 hours) departs 8.30am (morning tea provided) Return trip to Thames by bus. BOOK AT THAMES I-SITE. NEW TIMES HAVE BEEN ADDED - Thursday 19th at 6.00pm, and Saturday 21st at 11.00am.

Venue: Depart from Thames Sailing Club Wharf, Near Shortland Wharf
Price: 1-2 hour trips $15.00 / 4hr trip $25.00 (children 12 & under Free)
Contact: Peter Vandersloot   Ph: 021.0410521
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Saturday
14th March
All Day   Devonshire Tea

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Enjoy a delicious Devonshire tea hosted by Thames Croquet Club

Venue: Thames Croquet Club Room, Beach Road, Thames
Price: To be advised
Contact: Jo Johnston   Ph: 07.8685134
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Saturday
14th March
All Day   Open Day at Thames Historical Museum

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Come and see demonstrations of household chores as they were done in the early days.

Venue: Thames Museum, Grahamstown, Thames
Price: Entry to Museum by Donation/Koha
Contact: Frances Burton   Ph: 07.8689707
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Saturday
14th March
All Day   Thames High School Class of '55 Gathering

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In 2015 the Thames High School Class of '55 will celebrate 60 years since starting High School as 3rd Formers. The Class will be joining Thames Classic Car Group in their parade from Rhodes Park along Pollen Street to Victoria Park. There will be stalls and activities happening in the Park where everyone can join in and have fun. The Class will attend a dinner in the evening.

Venue: Thames, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Contact: Miriam Heberley   Ph: 07.8675069
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Saturday
14th March
to Saturday
21st March
All Day   Window Display Competition

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A chance for Thames retailers to dress up their windows with the finest wares available. Contestants are: Wiseman's Auto Workshop, Debrasic, Palmers Confectionery, Thames Organic Shop, Salvation Army Store, Embassy Cinema, Antiques in Thames, Fabric n More, 100% Browns, Carson's Bookshop, Arbury's Menswear, Paki Paki Bike Shop, Paper Power Thames, Heather Moore Pharmacy, At Home Gifts & Homewares, Snowden's Menswear, Flowers on Pollen, Needles n Pins, Read Bros.Hardware, and Save The Children Shop.

Venue: Pollen Street, Thames Town
Contact: Janie Swanston   Ph: To be advised
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Saturday
14th March
All Day   Surf2Firth Marathon

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A challenge for all runners, this marathon begins at Hikuai School on the eastern side of the Coromandel Ranges and finishes at Thames High School on the western side. Estimated time to complete is 1-3 hours. Marathon is 42km, Half Marathon is 22km, and also a 15km run/walk.

Venue: Coromandel Peninsula - Hikuai to Thames
Price: See Website
Contact: www.surf2firth.co.nz   Ph: To be advised
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Saturday
14th March
to Saturday
21st March
All Day   Thames School of Mines

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Tour through the Historic School of Mines; Visit the Rock Shop; Try your luck at gold-panning; Demonstrations 1.00pm daily; See a Heritage Paint-Making workshop 11.00am to 3.00pm daily; Attend a week day evening presentation at 7.00pm on local mining history $5.00 entry fee; or a Paint-Making Workshop - Adult $20.00/Student $10.00. Tour of School - Adult $10.00/Accompanied children free. Saturday 21st Free Entry - featuring a display of heritage art by local school children. The Rock Shop will have a display at Victoria Park on Saturday 14th, and at The Victorian Fete on Saturday 21st.

Venue: School of Mines, Mineral Museum, Cochrane Street, Thames
Price: $20.00/$10.00/$5.00 depending on activity
Contact: John Isdale   Ph: 07.8686227
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Saturday
14th March
to Saturday
21st March
All Day   The Treasury - Our History, Our People

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The Treasury Programme includes: SHORTLAND WALKS with Graham Robinson, 5.30pm Sunday 15th and Tuesday 17th March at 5.30pm at Shortland Wharf; "THE WAY WE WERE" Lectures, all at 1pm at The Treasury. Lectures and topics - Barrie Allom ("Knowing Your Ancestors - a Thames Special") on Saturday 14; David Wilton ("Hauraki-Coromandel War Memorials: their Symbolism and Contribution to our Region's History") on Monday 16; John Watts ("Alexander Brodie - that sturdy beggar from Thames") on Tuesday 17th; Nicole Thorburn ("The Impact of the Thames Gold Rush on the Culture and Livelihood of Local Maori") on Wednesday 18th; Russell Skeet ("We Will Remember Them. World War 1 Grief and Memory") on Thursday 19th; Maureen Burr ("The Life and Times of Robert Graham") on Friday 20th; and Dr Gretel Boswijk ("Dendochronology: a technique of dating trees and timber by analysing their annular rings") on Saturday 21. THAMES & DISTRICT DVD EVENING at 7.00pm on Wednesday 18th; FIND YOUR FAMILY EVENING at 7.00pm on Thursday 19th. For a full programme visit The Treasury or Thames I-Site.

Venue: The Treasury, 705 Queen Street, Thames
Price: Adult $5.00 / Children under 12 Free
Contact: Coromandel Heritage Trust   Ph: Marilyn Dodds
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Saturday
14th March
  Totally Thames Trolley Derby

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Enjoy the excitement of home-made trolleys racing against the clock down the slopes of Thames town. Practise starts at 12.00 noon and racing starts at 1.00pm. Visit www.totallythames.co.nz

Venue: Richmond Street, Thames
Contact: Totally Thames - Donna Wells   Ph: To be advised
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Saturday
14th March
All Day   Cars in the Park

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Veteran and Vintage cars will leave Rhodes Park at 10.00 a.m., and travel along Pollen Street to Victoria Park where they will be on display for public viewing. Also included will be Stationary Engines, Charabanc rides, Music, Food Stalls, Games/Activities, and more.

Venue: Victoria Park, Thames
Contact: Mary Thomson   Ph: 07.8685699
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Sunday
15th March
2pm   Thames Music & Drama

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A Tribute to The Anzacs - Tickets available at Thames I-Site

Venue: Tararu Cultural Centre, Thames
Price: Adult $15.00 / Seniors & Children $10.00
Contact: Ewan Grant-Mackie   Ph: 07.8685938
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Sunday
15th March
to Sunday
22nd March
  Bicycle Excursion to The Cheese Barn at Matatoki

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Dust off that old bicycle, cast away the corsets and dress in your finest riding gear. This will be a moderate ride and will cater for ladies, gents and children of all degrees of fitness. Meet at Rhodes Park at 9.30am for 10.00 start. The Cheese Barn is 30 metres from the trail and is signposted. Prizes for best dressed rider, for best decorated bike, and best dressed kid/ bike. Sponsored by The Cheese Barn, Laid-Back Trikes and Palmers Sweet Shop. DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS THIS EVENT WILL NOW BE HELD ON SUNDAY 22ND MARCH.

Venue: Rhodes Park in Thames to The Cheese Barn at Matatoki
Price: Gold coin
Contact: Margaret Cropp 07.8681024   Ph: Cathy 07.8681284
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Sunday
15th March
  Watch the Historic Kopu Bridge Swingbridge opening

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A rare opportunity to see the iconic Historic Kopu Bridge swing span open and close on the longest one lane bridge in NZ at 468m which has been closed to public access for three years, except for this annual Heritage event. This is the last operational swing bridge in NZ and will be opening INTERMITTENTLY during the morning - an amazing sight to see, rarely seen! This Historic Places Trust Category ONE bridge remains under active threat of demolition. Best vantage points to watch the bridge swing open are from the new bridge, Thames side of the river bank or by boat.

Venue: Historic Kopu Bridge. Kopu Rd, Kopu. Thames: 9.30am to 11.30am
Price: Free or koha to Historic Kopu Bridge Incorporated Society
Contact: Kim Buchanan   Ph: 07 8685581 or 027 2686380
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Sunday
15th March
  Historic Kopu Bridge Walking Tours

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15-20 minute walking tours on Historic Kopu Bridge. A rare opportunity as this iconic longest one lane bridge in NZ at 468m has been closed to public access for three years, except for this annual Heritage event. This Historic Places Trust Category ONE bridge remains under active threat of demolition. This is the last operational swing bridge in NZ and will be opening intermittently during the morning - an amazing sight to see, rarely seen! BOOKINGS required please as numbers are limited. We cannot guarantee space for people who arrive without a booking, due to demand and limited time spaces. However if numbers allow on the day we will try to accommodate you on a tour if at all possible. However there is plenty of space to watch the swing bridge open from other vantage points such as the new bridge, river bank, or boat.

Venue: Historic Kopu Bridge. Kopu Rd, Kopu. Thames. 9.00am to 12.noon
Price: Free or koha to Historic Kopu Bridge Incorporated Society
Contact: Kim Buchanan   Ph: 07 8685581 or 027 2686380
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Sunday
15th March
  Heritage Church Service

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Thames Baptist Church began in 1867. Come and re-visit our heritage in this Victorian Thames building with old-time hymns and a thunderous sermon. Dress up in 19th-century clothing if you can, and bring your fan if it's hot, because this service will be unplugged. But we've replaced the original blasting powder kegs and planks with (marginally) more modern seating. 10.00am to 11.30am.

Venue: Thames Baptist Church, 303 Mary St, Thames
Price: n/a
Contact: Roger Driver-Burgess   Ph: 07 8685311 or 0276722958
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Sunday
15th March
5pm - 6pm   Saint George's Traditional Evensong

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Traditional Choral Service with a 44-voice choir, anthem, psalm hymns, in a 19-20th century style.

Venue: Saint Georges Church, 600 MacKay Street (Cnr Mary Street), Thames.
Price: N/A
Contact: Saint Georges Church   Ph: 07 8686 267
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Monday
16th March
  Storytelling by Miss Rosalie

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True Stories from the Distant Past: ** The power of Cook's Potato. **The Friendship and The Flogging: From the Ship's log of Captain Cook, the Journal of Joseph Banks, November 1769, and the account of Horeta Te Taniwha. Time: 12.15 pm to 12.45 pm

Venue: Thames Historic Museum, Cnr Pollen & Cochrane Street, Grahamstown, Thames
Price: Donation/Koha
Contact: Rosalie   Ph: Museum 07.8688509
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Monday
16th March
7pm - 11pm   High Tea at The Civic Fashion Extravaganza

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Tantalize your mind with local models portraying fashion styles from today and our past history. Learn about why and how these trends came about with this year's show featuring: ** History of High Tea ** History of Coats, Jackets & The Suit ** History of Paisley ** History of the Polka Dot to name a few. Doors open at 6.30pm for start of show at 7.00pm. Cash bar for drink sales, and there will be complimentary "High Tea" table platters for supper. Put on your glam gear and get ready for spectacular clothes from throughout history to be modelled for your enjoyment. Lucky Ticket prizes. Tickets available from Grahamstown Bar & Diner,Pollen Street, Thames.

Venue: Thames Civic Centre, Mary Street, Thames
Price: $35.00 pp. (6 people per table)
Contact: Wendy Courtney   Ph: 07.8681071 (Thames)
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Tuesday
17th March
  Storytelling with Miss Rosalie
True Stories from the distant past. **The Gunpowder Barrel Explosion - From JL Campbell's account from Waiomu, 1840. **The Famous Feast of Taraia - Public record from 1842. Time: 12.15pm to 12.45pm

Venue: Thames Historic Museum, Cnr Cochrane & Pollen Street, Grahamstown, Thames
Price: Donation/Koha
Contact: Rosalie   Ph: Museum 07.8688509
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Tuesday
17th March
7pm   Thames Music & Drama

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A Tribute to the Anzacs - Tickets at Thames I-site

Venue: Tararu Cultural Centre, Thames
Price: Adult $15.00 / Seniors & Children $10.00
Contact: Ewan Grant-Mackie   Ph: 07.8685938
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Wednesday
18th March
to Thursday
19th March
6pm   Twilight Boat Cruise

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Take a cruise in the twilight aboard historic Ariana. BYO. Duration approx. 1 hour. Boat departs at 6.00pm. Tickets at Thames I-Site

Venue: From Thames Boat Club Wharf
Price: $15.00 pp / Book at Thames i-Site
Contact: Peter Vandersloot   Ph: 021.0410521
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Wednesday
18th March
  Thames Heritage Short Film Festival

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The 2015 Film Festival will contain a selection of short documentaries and comedies with an approximate screening time of 1 hour 30 minutes. There will be two sessions on Wednesday 18 March - 11am and 4pm. One of the documentaries made by the NZ National Film Unit won first prize at the 1954 Brussels Film Festival for the best tourism film and one of the cartoons was made in 1915. The Heritage Film Festival is sponsored by The Treasury and the Embassy Cinema.

Venue: Embassy Cinema, 708 Pollen Street, Grahamstown
Price: $10, tickets available at the Cinema only
Contact: Mark Bridgman   Ph: (07) 868 7273
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Thursday
19th March
All Day   Gold Rush!

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Who likes Scavenger Hunts? Do you? Come on into the Thames Library on Thursday the 19th of March and join our Gold Rush! First Clue is to be found at the front desk of the library, solve the clues and win a prize!

Venue: Thames Library
Price: Free!
Contact: Shannon Loney   Ph: 868 6616
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Thursday
19th March
  Storytelling with Miss Rosalie

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True Stories from the Distant Past. **The Near Hanging at Kuranui in 1868. **The Royal Visit and the Raceday in 1869. Time: 12.15pm to 12.45pm

Venue: Thames Historical Museum, Cnr Pollen & Cochrane Street, Grahamstown, Thames
Price: Donation/Koha
Contact: Rosalie   Ph: Museum 07.8688509
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Friday
20th March
  Boat and Bike

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Combine a cruise on historic Ariana to Kopu Bridge with a bike ride on Hauraki Rail Trail. Departs 8.00am. You must arrange for your bikes to be at Kopu Bridge. Tickets from Thames I-Site. Duration approx. 2 hours.

Venue: Thames Boat Club Wharf to Kopu Bridge
Price: $15.00pp
Contact: Peter Vandersloot   Ph: 021.0410521
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Friday
20th March
  Storytelling with Miss Rosalie
True Stories from the Distant Past. **Inferno at Shortland 1872. **The heaviest sleeper was woken 1886. Time: 12.15pm to 12.45pm

Venue: Thames Historical Museum, Cnr Pollen & Cochrane Streets, Grahamstown, Thames
Price: Donation/Koha
Contact: Rosalie   Ph: Museum 07.688509
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Friday
20th March
6pm - 8pm   Cafe Melbourne Dinner

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Dinner at the Café Melbourne, Grahamstown 6pm - 8pm. Get into the spirit and dress up in Heritage costume. While you are here enjoy a cruise around town in a Classic car (gold coin donation).

Venue: Cafe Melbourne, 715 Pollen Street, Thames
Contact: Kim   Ph: 07-868-3159
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Friday
20th March
7pm   Te Radar's Historical Nuggets

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Dinner and Show at the historic Bella Street Pumphouse. Tickets available from the GBD, Grahamstown, Thames. Cash bar available. Doors open at 6.30pm. Contact Janie at janieswanston@xtra.co.nz or Karl at gbd@thejunction.net.nz

Venue: Bella Street Pumphouse, Thames
Price: $70.00 pp (dinner, drink on arrival and show)
Contact: Janie Swanston or Karl Edmonds   Ph: 0274 386828 Janie / Karl 07.8686008 (
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Saturday
21st March
All Day   Thames School of Mines Art Display

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Display of heritage art work by local school children

Venue: School of Mines, Cochrane Street, Thames
Price: Free
Contact: John Isdale   Ph: 07.8686227
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Saturday
21st March
  Hauraki Waka Experience

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Te Aputa Tira Waka Roopu will host this event: "History on The Water". Experience the excitement and culture of Waka Ama here in Hauraki. The experience will include: You and 10 others paddling under the guidance of experienced Waka Ama Leader, Carrie Taipari, along with historical researcher, Frank Thorne, who will explain the history and stories associated with various land formations which are only recognisable from the water. (Must be over the age of 18 years). Nibbles and some drinks provided upon return to shore. 10.00am and 1.00pm. Duration: 1 hour

Venue: Meet at the front of Te Puru School
Price: Bookings essential - $35 pp (includes kai)
Contact: Leanne Poutu-Graham   Ph: 021 085 38333
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Saturday
21st March
  Heritage Costume Competition

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This will be held at the Historical Museum in Grahamstown Thames during the Victorian Fete. Come dressed in your finest attire and impress the judges. Judging at 11.30am. Hire your costume from Donna's Dressups Ph.8675147.

Venue: Thames Historical Museum, Cnr Pollen & Cochrane Streets
Price: Free to enter competition
Contact: Frances Burton   Ph: 07.8689707
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Saturday
21st March
  Thames Citizens Band

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A town band first formed around 1869, and became the Thames Citizens Band in 1939. It is now a concert band with a wide range of ages within the membership. The Band plays at gala days, competitions, Christmas time and ANZAC day. They attended the North Island Concert Band Festival the past two years and the Music Festival in Matamata last May, and achieved Silver and Bronze awards from these events. The band is conducted by Moses Cherrington from Hamilton, and their instruments range from flute to drums with all-sorts in between.

Venue: Corner Pollen & Cochrane Streets, Grahamstown, Thames 10.00am to 12noon
Price: N/a
Contact: Lois   Ph: 07.8687501
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Saturday
21st March
  Thames Heritage Market

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Thames Heritage Market will, like every year, have displays of historical pictures, stallholders decked out in olden day garments, and the customary welcoming and fun-filled atmosphere that is a hallmark of this must-see event in Thames.

Venue: Pollen Street, Grahamstown from 8.00am to 12 noon
Price: free
Contact: Thames Market   Ph: 07-8689841
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Saturday
21st March
  William Hall Arboretum Guided Tour

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Take a guided walk with John Wakeling (TCDC Senior Arborist)through this significant collection of nationally and internationally recognised trees which were planted in the early 1870's by Thames pharmacist and botanist, William Hall. This is New Zealand's OLDEST ARBORETUM.

Venue: 10.00 a.m. William Hall Arboretum, Mount Sea Road, Thames
Contact: Ken Clark, Thames Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society   Ph: 07.8688307
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Saturday
21st March
  Victorian Fete

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Held at Thames Historical Museum grounds in Grahamstown, the fete will include story-telling, music, dancing demonstrations, singing, old-fashioned games, tea & cake on fine china, plus Heritage Costume Competition, which will be judged at 11.30am. Get your costume from Donna's Dressups

Venue: 9.00 a.m. at Thames Museum, Cnr Cochrane &Pollen Street, Thames
Price: Entry to Museum by donation
Contact: Frances Burton   Ph: 07.8689707
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Sunday
22nd March
  Bicycle Excursion to Cheese Barn

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Due to weather conditions on Sunday 15th this event will now be held on Sunday 22nd March. Meet at Rhodes Park at 9.30 for a 10.00am start. This is a moderate ride to The Cheese Barn at Matatoki and suitable for everyone.

Venue: Rhodes Park, Thames to The Cheese Barn at Matatoki
Price: Gold coin
Contact: Margaret Cropp   Ph: 07.8681024
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Sunday
22nd March
  Harbour Cruise to Paeroa Maritime Museum

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Take a cruise on historic boat "Ariana" to Paeroa Maritime Museum. Morning tea provided, and return trip to Thames by bus. Duration approx. 4 hours. Book at Thames I-Site - THIS CRUISE IS NOW FULLY BOOKED

Venue: Thames Wharf to Paeroa Maritime Museum, Departs 8.30am
Price: $25.00 pp :Book at Thames i-Site
Contact: Peter Vandersloot   Ph: 021.0410521
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