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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.

Friday
14th March
to Sunday
16th March
  Old Time Music Hall

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Enjoy great entertainment by the Thames Music and Drama Group - "You Must Remember This" which commemorates the Centenary of WWI. Show Times: Friday 14th at 7.30pm; Saturday 15th at 7.30pm; Sunday 16th at 2.00pm. Complimentary tea/coffee at interval; Cash bar available at evening performances.

Venue: Tararu Arts Centre
Price: Tickets $10.00 each. Tickets can be purchased at Thames i-Site.
Contact: Ewan Grant-Mackie   Ph: 07.8685938
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Friday
14th March
to Sunday
23rd March
All Day   Donna's Dressups for Costume Hire

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Dress in attire to suit this auspicious occasion, whether it be frilly blouse and floor-sweeping skirt and bonnet, or braces and top hat, you'll find it at Donna's. As was written in 1896 "The coat makes the man".

Venue: 7 Raratuna Street, Turua
Price: $25.00 (Child) - $40.00 (Adult) Full Costume; Single items also available.
Contact: Donna Louden   Ph: 07.8675147 or 027.3865680
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Saturday
15th March
10:30am   Heritage Festival Opening Day Parade

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This Parade will mark the beginning of the Heritage Festival in Thames. The procession will move along Pollen Street towards Grahamstown and into Cochrane Street where it will connect with the Heritage Market Day and Village Fete.

Venue: DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Contact: Rex Simpson   Ph: 021.2650900
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Saturday
15th March
10am - 3pm   Victorian Fete

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Located within the Thames Historical Museum, the Victorian Fair will delight all ages. There will be demonstrations of children's games, old-fashioned competitions like "hammer the nail" and "count the buttons", musical interludes and stalls with tempting wares. Visitors are invited to come dressed in period costume, to sample high tea with yummy cakes and sandwiches, and take in the "fun of the fair". Prizes for best dressed boy, girl, and adult, so come dressed in your finest attire. The Museum will be open every day during the Festival from 10.00am until 3.00pm (entry by donation).

Venue: DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Price: Free Admission on the Fete day.
Contact: Frances Burton   Ph: 07.8689707
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Saturday
15th March
to Sunday
23rd March
  Window Display Competition

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Take a trip down memory lane and wander along "the mile promenade" known as Pollen Street and its side alleys in Thames Town. Marvel at the windows adorned with many a wonderful thing, and you may like to cast your vote for the most worthy window display in the many fine establishments. Entrants this year are: Arbury's Menswear, Snowden's Menswear, At Home Gift Shop, Unichem Heather Moore Pharmacy, OPSM, Paki Paki Bike Shop, Frangipani Florist, Carson's Book Shop, 100% Browns Appliances, ANZ Bank, Crystal Ball Clinic, Antiques in Thames, Save The Children Shop, Lotus Realm, Thames Organic Shop, Embellish, Fabric'n'Me, Amcal Pharmacy, Beverley Anne Bridal.

Venue: Shop Windows throughout Thames Town
Contact: Margaret Cropp   Ph: 07.8681024
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Saturday
15th March
to Sunday
23rd March
11am - 3pm   Thames School of Mines Tours & Displays

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Open every day during the Festival 11.00am to 3.00pm, the School of Mines will feature two exhibitions - a photo exhibition of Thames in the 1970's, and a display of kauri gum from New Zealand's foremost Kauri Museum at Matakohe. On Saturday 22nd March there will be a display of local students' work from the Heritage Art workshops held during the Heritage week. In conjunction with other Cochrane Street museums, entry will be free on Saturday 22nd. From Monday 17th to Friday 21st the School of Mines will be demonstrating activities from the past : At 11.45am "ore crushing and panning" in the Public Assay room; 12.45pm "historic motorcycle maintenance" in front of the Mineral Museum. These will run for 15 minutes.

Venue: Thames School of Mines & Mineral Museum
Contact: John Isdale   Ph: 07.8686227
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Saturday
15th March
to Sunday
23rd March
  Thames Library Short Story Competition

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Subject: Life in Early Thames. Two categories: Children under 16 years, and Adult 16 years & over. Entry forms are available at the Library. Entries close 7th March 2014 and winners will be announced during the Festival. Prize in each category: $50.00 book voucher.

Venue: Thames Library
Contact: Georgi Jensen   Ph: 07.8686616
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Saturday
15th March
8am - 12:30pm   Thames Heritage Market

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A chance to experience a friendly old town market, view historical photographs and vintage automobiles, enjoy the music of local buskers.

Venue: Grahamstown, Pollen Street, Thames
Contact: Angelika and Peter Poeschl   Ph: 07.8689841
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Saturday
15th March
to Sunday
23rd March
  Coromandel Heritage Trust - The Treasury

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The Archive will be officially opened at 2.00pm on Saturday 15th March by Dr Jock Phillips who was formerly Chief Historian within the Department of Internal Affairs and Ministry of Culture and Heritage, then Concept Leader in History at Te Papa. Dr Phillips is now the General Editor of Te Ara, the Encyclopaedia of New Zealand.

Venue: The Treasury, Thames
Contact: Marilyn Dodds   Ph: 07.8682427 or 021.2555482
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Saturday
15th March
to Sunday
23rd March
10am - 4pm   Thames Society of Arts

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On 15th March there will be guided historical tours by former pupils/teachers of Tararu School. During the Festival the Society will be exhibiting artwork with an historical theme, and on 22nd March will host a small indoor market. Arts Centre open 10.00am to 4.00pm daily.

Venue: Thames Arts Centre, 604 Tararu Road, Thames Coast
Contact: Peter Feran, Secretary   Ph: 07.8687066
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Saturday
15th March
All Day   Surf2Firth Half and Full Bush Marathon

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Run the historic trails forged by the Kauri Bushmen and Gold Miners in the early days. Described as the most technically challenging off-road marathon in New Zealand. Take on the challenge of running or hiking the half marathon from the end of the Kauaeranga Valley road to Thames via the old pioneer trails of yesteryear. For the fitter athletes there is the full marathon running across the entire Coromandel range from Hikuai to Thames. So get some friends together and share the experience of the best new event in town. Full Marathon (42km) Half Marathon (22km) Check out www.surf2firth.co.nz

Venue: Hikuai School to Thames High School
Contact: www.surf2firth.co.nz   Ph: Ian & Lisa Handcock - 027.4870447
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Saturday
15th March
to Saturday
22nd March
  St. James Union Parish Open Days

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On SATURDAY 15th & SATURDAY 22nd March the Church will be open for viewing, and for listening to the organ music, with quiet times also. On SUNDAY 16th March at 10.00am come and experience an 'old-style' Church service, with coffee and social time afterwards.

Venue: St. James Heritage Church, Cnr Pollen and Pahau Streets, Thames
Contact: Rev. Jan Fogg   Ph: 07.8688602
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Saturday
15th March
  Concert at GBD : 60's Revival

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Re-live the memories with great entertainment by Suzanne Lynch, Ray Woolf, Jane Horder and the Mike Walker Trio. Show starts at 8.00pm, and Kitchen will be open from 6.00pm to 8.00pm for dinner.

Venue: The GBD, Pollen Street, Thames
Price: $30.00
Contact: Karl at The GBD   Ph: 07.8686008
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Saturday
15th March
  Old Time Music Hall

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Saturday 15th March : Enjoy an evening of great entertainment by The Thames Music & Drama Group "You Must Remember This" commemorating the Centenary of WWI. Show starts at 7.30pm. Complementary tea/coffee provided at interval. Cash bar available.

Venue: Tararu Arts Centre
Price: $10.00pp : Purchase tickets from Thames i-Site.
Contact: Ewan Grant-Mackie   Ph: 07.8685938
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Sunday
16th March
to Saturday
22nd March
  Thames Coast Storytelling Trail

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Join storyteller and musician, Rosalie Steward, on the Trail from Thames to Waiomu. Stop along the way to relive real-life dramas from the distant past and finish the journey with an old-fashioned afternoon tea at Te Puru Lodge. Share the anticipation of the "Royal Visit and the Race Day", and find out about the "Power of Captain Cook's Potato". Trail Days: Sunday 16th, Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd March.

Venue: Junction Hotel, Thames to Waiomu - 1.00pm to 4.00pm :
Price: $30.00 pp (Includes coach ride and afternoon tea) Tickets available from Thames i-Site
Contact: Rosalie Steward   Ph: 021.0362932
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Sunday
16th March
  The Auckland Saxophone Quartet

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The Thames Music Group is privileged to host The Auckland Saxophone Quartet lead by Jim Langabeer on soprano and alto sax, with Nicola Haddock baritone sax, Markus Fritsch tenor sax, and Miles Tremlett alto sax. This group come highly recommended bringing a wealth of musicianship and many years of saxophone-playing experience to Thames. The repertoire includes both jazz and classical music. In the spirit of this Heritage Festival Concert, this performance will feature some of the earliest saxophone quartet music ever recorded, along with early jazz favourites. the classical component will feature a Prelude and Fugue by J.S. Bach, and a serenade by Mozart. Critic Daryl Hughes recently wrote about Jim Langabeer "one of the most unique, innovative and talented musicians I've had the privilege to see and hear". We hope you will put this date in your diary and join us on the day 2.00pm to 4.00pm

Venue: Saint George's Church, Mackay Street, Thames @ 2.00pm
Price: $15.00 adults - $5.00 students (Tickets available at the venue on the day)
Contact: Maggie Gill   Ph: 07 869 0592
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Sunday
16th March
10am - 3pm   Thames Small Gauge Railway Rides

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All aboard, for a great train ride - young and old, teens and tinytots, steam buffs and electrical enthusiasts - it will be enjoyed by all. Trains will be running on Sunday 16th March and Sunday 23rd March.

Venue: Railway Station
Price: $2.00 (children under 3 free with adult)
Contact: Tony Smith   Ph: 07.8683044
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Sunday
16th March
to Sunday
23rd March
  Historical Shortland Walks

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Take a guided walk with Graham Robinson and visit the sites of early Shortland. You will hear about the gold mining, early negotiations with Maori Chiefs, the first settlers and businesses, Government buildings, the railway, shipping, the fishing industry, and the great fire of 1872 in Pollen Street. Walk takes approximately 1.75 hours. Walking shoes required.

Venue: Start at Shortland Wharf: Sunday 16th 9.30am; Tues.18th 5.30pm; Sunday 23rd 9.30am
Price: Tickets $5.00 Available at The Treasury
Contact: Graham Robinson   Ph: 07.8688025
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Sunday
16th March
9:30am - 2:30pm   Presentation and driving/walking Tour of Kauaeranga Kauri Logging Infrastructure

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Meet at the Kauaeranga Visitors Centre for a short DVD and presentation on kauri logging - then and now. Then a drive/short walk tour to include Billygoat landing, Wainora/Booms Flat area, Hoffmans Pool (tramway bridge, nature walk, water race intake), KVC (lunch and model dam), Mangarehu/ Mangakirikiri (brief stops to look at water race infrastructure), Devcich's Farm/Kauaeranga Hotel (view from roadside), Parawai booms, Hauraki Mission Station (view from Parawai Rd). Low fitness required. Wear comfortable footwear, bring lunch, drink, raincoat. Own vehicles required. Trip notes provided.

Venue: DoC Kauaeranga Visitors Centre
Price: $5.00 per head - all takings to Coromandel Heritage Trust / The Treasury
Contact: David Wilton   Ph: 021 1868401
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Sunday
16th March
  The Celtic Connection

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A concert of ballads and songs following a Celtic tradition of storytelling through song, with examples of early pioneering songs to modern compositions inspired by the early song writer. Performed by Kiwi ballad historian Phil Garland, Acapella Group "Tell my Sister", Soul Singer Denise Norton, the Tautoko Band, and 'Harpandsoul', taking the feminine of the Celtic harp on a renaissance journey with the Alto saxophone.

Venue: The Pumphouse, Bella Street, Thames @ 7.30pm
Price: $10.00 at the door
Contact: Jamie McCaskill   Ph: 027.3218184
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Sunday
16th March
  Old Time Music Hall

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Sunday, 16th March : Enjoy an afternoon of great entertainment by the Thames Music & Drama Group "You Must Remember This" which commemorates the Centenary of WWI. Show starts at 2.00pm. Complimentary Tea/Coffee provided at interval.

Venue: Tararu Arts Centre
Price: $10.00pp : Purchase Tickets at Thames i-Site.
Contact: Ewan Grant-Mackie   Ph: 07.8685938
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Monday
17th March
to Friday
21st March
  School of Mines & Mineral Museum Workshops & Lectures

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17th March: 9.30am to 2.30pm - School 'Heritage Art Paint Making'. 7.00pm -Evening presentation by Dave Wilton "Hall of Halls Totara" (Adult $10./Student $5.) Book at Thames I-Site or Mineral Museum. 18th March: 9.30am to 2.30pm - School 'Heritage Art Paint Making'. 7.00pm to 9.00pm -'Heritage Paint Making' with Barry Thomas (Adult $20./ Student $10. Book at Thames I-Site or Mineral Museum). 19th March: 9.30am to 2.30pm - School "Heritage Art Paint Making". 20th March: 9.30am to 2.30pm - School 'Heritage Art Paint Making'. 7.00pm to 9.00pm Heritage Paint Making with Barry Thomas (Adult $20./ Student $10.) 21st March: 9.30am to 2.30pm - School 'Heritage Art Paint Making'. 7.00pm - Evening presentation : Wet Plate Collodion Photography in the 21st Century with Paul M Alsop Photography (Adult $10./Student $5. Book at Thames I-Site or Mineral Museum).

Venue: Thames School of Mines
Price: $5.-$20.
Contact: John Isdale   Ph: 07.8686227
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Monday
17th March
to Wednesday
19th March
  Ariana Firth Cruises

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Travel on the restored river launch "Ariana" and see Thames from the water as the early settlers did. Cruise takes approximately 30 minutes and places are limited to 15 per sailing. Check sailing times at Thames I-Site. Sailings are weather dependant.

Venue: Firth of Thames
Price: $5.00 per person (Book at Thames i-Site)
Contact: Peter Vandersloot   Ph: 07.8628896 or 021.0410521
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Monday
17th March
to Thursday
20th March
  The Treasury - Lunchtime Lectures

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"The Way we Were" : A series of lectures by historians, researchers and genealogists that recount our local heritage and past events. On Monday 17th March Lily Baker QSM will speak about the influence of the 1918 influenza epidemic on the Thames area. On Tuesday 18th March David Wilton will describe the work of pharmacist, botanist and conservationist John William Hall, and the establishment in Thames of one of the first botanical arboretums in New Zealand. On Wednesday 19th March Martin Jones from The Historic Places Trust will discuss how communities can assist in the identification and promotion of local heritage. On Thursday 20th March Anne Stewart-Ball will thread together some Coromandel family history from the archives. The Lectures are from 1.00pm until 2.00pm.

Venue: The Treasury, 505 Queen Street, Thames - 1pm to 2pm
Price: $5.00 : Book at The Treasury between 11.00am and 3.00pm during Heritage Festival Week.
Contact: Morrie Dunwoodie   Ph: 0274 727 698
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Monday
17th March
to Friday
21st March
10am - 2pm   Thames - The Living Museum

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Thames, The Living Museum is a concept that incorporates interactive demonstrations of crafts, as well as a chance to meet on the street people who inhabited Grahamstown at the turn of the century. Each week day between 10.00am and 2.00pm you will be transported back to the days when the lure of gold was potent and the town was alive with intrigue. Visit a working metalsmith shaping a piece of fine jewellery at Debrasic, a milliner displaying hats and clothing from early 1900's (at Embellish), watch the making of a traditional Maori feather cloak (at Embellish), see spinners and knitters in action. There will also be street entertainers and the chance to heckle the street corner orators.

Venue: Grahamstown, Thames
Contact: Jenny Colley or Rex Simpson   Ph: Jenny: 8686267 or Rex: 021.2650900
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Monday
17th March
  St Patrick's Day at GBD

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Celebrate the Irish influence in Thames. Start with a green cocktail, then check out the Irish Special Dish on our blackboard menu, and wash it all down with a wee Guinness or two.

Venue: GBD, Grahamstown, Thames
Contact: Karl   Ph: 07.8686008
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Monday
17th March
to Friday
21st March
  Classic Movie Collection

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Enjoy some great movies on the big screen, a chance to "play it again Sam"; "This is an offer you can't refuse"; "You'll get the feeling that you're not in Kansas anymore"; "So here's looking at you, kid"; "Go ahead, make your day". Check out this programme of cinema greats at The Thames Cinema Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights during the Heritage Festival @ 5.00pm.

Venue: Thames Cinema, Pollen Street (www.cinemathames.co.nz)
Price: $5.00
Contact: Embassy Cinemas Thames   Ph: 07.8686602
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Monday
17th March
to Wednesday
19th March
  River Ride - Rail Trail Walk

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Specially for "exercise enthusiasts" - Enjoy a leisurely river cruise on the restored river boat "Ariana" from Historic Shortland Wharf to Kopu and walk yourself back to Thames. Can be done in reverse also. Timetable: Monday 17th Depart Shortland 9.00am; Depart Kopu 9.40am. Tuesday 18th Depart Shortland 9.15am; Depart Kopu 10am. Wednesday 19th Depart Shortland 10am; Depart Kopu 10.45am. These are strictly weather dependant.

Venue: Thames Sailing Club Marina (next to Shortland Wharf) to/from Kopu Bridge
Price: Adult $5.00 / Children under 12 with adult Free
Contact: Peter Vandersloot, Skipper   Ph: 021.0410521
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Tuesday
18th March
to Wednesday
19th March
  Line of Duck Boards

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'Line of Duck Boards' sees seven actors bringing to life the stale sentences and the big stories from the Thames Star between 1916 and 1946. Hidden away in the letters to the editor or in the social columns author Megan Hawkes has mines little gems now dusty and unread, of the ordinary, sometimes extraordinary, trivial, light hearted, and occasionally sad stories.

Venue: The Pumphouse, Bella Street, Thames - 7.30pm
Price: $10.00
Contact: Rex Simpson   Ph: 021.2650900
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Tuesday
18th March
  Thames School of Mines Workshops

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9.30am to 2.30pm : School "Heritage Art Paint Making" 7.00pm to 9.00pm : "Heritage Paint Making" with Barry Thomas (Adult $20.00 / Student $10.00)

Venue: Thames School of Mines
Price: Book at Thames i-Site or Mineral Museum
Contact: John Isdale   Ph: 07.8686227
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Wednesday
19th March
All Day   Heritage Film Festival

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Come to Thames Cinema and enjoy a 1960's classic New Zealand movie "Runaway" starring Colin Broadley in the leading role, Kiri Te Kanawa, Diedre McCarron, Barry Crump, Alma Woods & Ray Columbus and Tanya Binning. The title song features the well-known Maori Show Band, The Quin Tikis. The full programme will be on the Trust Website www.thetreasury.org.nz. Three screenings at 11.00am, 4.00pm and 7.30pm.

Venue: Thames Art Deco Cinema
Price: Admission price: Child $8.00, Adult $12.00, Senior $10.00 : Available ONLY AT CINEMA before screening times.
Contact: Mark Bridgman or Marilyn Dodds   Ph: 07.8687273 (Mark) ; 021.2555482 (Marilyn
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Wednesday
19th March
  Story Telling at The GBD

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Remember when......Catherine Delahunty, Jamie McCaskill and another special guest will share stories about their lives, and the audience will be invited to join in with their stories.

Venue: The GBD, Pollen Street, Thames - 6.00pm
Price: $10.00
Contact: Karl at The GBD   Ph: 07.8686008
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Wednesday
19th March
  "Thames Connect" Launch
Join us for the launch of the Thames Asset Mapping Project - a website which will inform locals about local assets, skills, passions, identities, buildings, events, and much more....

Venue: 5.15pm at Col's Cafe, Thames Club, Mackay Street, Thames
Price: No Charge
Contact: Mark Skelding   Ph: TBA
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Wednesday
19th March
  Thames School of Mines Workshops
9.30am to 2.30pm - Schools Heritage paint-making workshop.

Venue: Thames School of Mines
Price: Book at i-Site or Museum
Contact: John Isdale   Ph: 07.8686227
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Thursday
20th March
to Friday
21st March
  Tiki Tours

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Let us take you on a 20 minute tour of the Thames Town in a Vintage or Classic car. Experience the joy of yesteryear and marvel at our historic past. Combine this with a Heritage Dinner at the Thames Workingmen's Club. Tours will run on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st March. Time of tours: 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Venue: To and From The Thames Workingmen's Club
Contact: Colleen Hughes and Slip Stephenson   Ph: 07.8687499
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Thursday
20th March
to Saturday
22nd March
  Musical - He Reo Aroha

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Written by Jamie McCaskill and Miria George, 'He Reo Aroha' weaves the beauty of original waiata, with a compelling story of love and music. Performed by Kali Kopae and Jamie McCaskill. Features original music written by acclaimed composer Hone Hurihanganui, Kali Kopae and Jamie McCaskill.

Venue: Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been cancelled
Contact: Jamie McCaskill   Ph: 027.3218184
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Thursday
20th March
to Saturday
22nd March
10am - 3pm   Ariana Waihou River Cruise

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Enjoy a river cruise and picnic lunch on board the restored river launch "Ariana" travelling the Waihou River and ending at the Maritime Park in Paeroa for afternoon tea and a tour of the Museum. Passengers will be returned to Thames by bus via the traditional gateway to the Bay of Plenty, the Maratoto Valley. Time of trip is 5 hours. Sailings are weather dependant.

Venue: Waihou River to Paeroa
Price: $25.00 pp (Book at Thames i-Site) Sailing dependant on number of bookings.
Contact: Peter Vandersloot   Ph: 07.8628896 / 021.0410521
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Thursday
20th March
to Friday
21st March
  Heritage Dinner

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Come to the Thames Workingmen's Club and enjoy a beautiful Heritage Dinner put on especially for the occasion. We will pick you up from your home within the Thames Boundaries (Tararu to Kopu) in a majestic Vintage or Classic car and take you home again for a small donation. Beat the booze bus - Why risk driving home after dinner; just tell the staff at the Club that you would like us to pick you up.

Venue: Thames Workingmen's Club - 6.00pm
Price: $25.00pp: Book at the Club 07.8686416
Contact: Colleen Hughes   Ph: 07.8687499
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Thursday
20th March
  Thames School of Mines Workshops

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20th March : 9.30am to 2.30pm - School "Heritage Art Paint Making". 7.00pm to 9.00pm Heritage Paint Making with Barry Thomas (Adult $20./ Student $10. Book at Thames I-site or Mineral Museum.

Venue: Thames School of Mines
Price: Book at i-Site or Mineral Museum
Contact: John Isdale   Ph: 07.8686227
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Thursday
20th March
  Movie Night at The GBD

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Enjoy a meal from our "Movie Board" and receive a ticket to the movies next door. From 6.00pm - bookings essential.

Venue: GBD and Cinema, Pollen Street, Grahamstown
Price: $22.50 - Bookings essential
Contact: Karl   Ph: 07.8686008
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Friday
21st March
  Book Launch - 'Please Take Good Care of Me'

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This is the story about a girl who lived in Thames and was brought up by people that were two generations older, they have never been married or had children. These people were the "Lambs". It traces her life through to adulthood with all the trials and tribulations that go along with her. The story starts in 1870 when both sets of Great Grandparents on her mother's side and father's side came to N.Z. for a new life. It also incorporates Waihi as her mother came from there, and her Grandfather was the founder of Brown and Brown who made Suzy ironing boards, bread slices etc.

Venue: The Treasury, Thames - 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Contact: Sandy Lautenbach(Lamb)   Ph: 021.2143090 - 07.8895465
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Friday
21st March
  St. Georges Anglican Church

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There will be guided tours through this beautiful church in the morning, afternoon and evening, with Devonshire Tea available in the morning and afternoon. There will also be a static display of ecclesiastical vestments in the Church. Tour times: 10.00am, 2.00pm and 7.00pm

Venue: St. Georges Anglican Church, Mackay Street, Thames
Contact: Vic. Graham Colley   Ph: To be advised
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Friday
21st March
  Thames School of Mines Workshop & Lecture

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21st March : 9.30am to 2.30pm - School "Heritage Art Paint Making". 7.00pm - "Wet Plate Collodion Photography in the 21st Century" with Paul M Alsop Photography. - Adult $10.00/ Student $5.00.

Venue: Thames School of Mines
Price: Book at Thames i-Site or Mineral Museum
Contact: John Isdale   Ph: 07.8686227
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Friday
21st March
  Heritage Pub Crawl

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From Grahamstown Bar & Diner we will head to the Coach House at Puriri, then to Kopu Station Hotel and to the Wharf at Shortland, and finally back to GBD. Enjoy the tales told while supping an ale at each of these fine establishments. Begins at 5.30pm

Venue: GBD, Grahamstown to Puriri and back
Price: $50.00 (Includes Bus and Beer)
Contact: Karl at GBD   Ph: 07.8686008
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Saturday
22nd March
10am - 12pm   Historic Kopu Bridge Swingspan Opening

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A rare opportunity to watch the last remaining operational swingspan bridge in NZ open and close several times today, between 10 and midday. The one lane Kopu Bridge was built in 1928 and is registered as Historic Places Trust Category One, yet it remains under threat of demolition. Best vantage points from Thames side bank and the new bridge. All welcome. More information at www.facebook.com/savekopubridge

Venue: Kopu Bridge. Kopu Rd, Kopu, Thames
Price: Free or koha to Kopu Bridge Incorporated Society
Contact: Kim Buchanan   Ph: 07 8685581
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Saturday
22nd March
10am - 12pm   Historic Kopu Bridge Walks and Tours

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20 minute walk and tour of the longest single lane bridge in NZ at 460m long. The bridge was built in 1928 and is a Historic Places Trust Category One structure, yet it remains under threat of demolition. Pre bookings are ESSENTIAL for walks/tours, as numbers are strictly limited. More details at www.facebook.com/savekopubridge

Venue: Kopu Bridge. Kopu Rd, Kopu, Thames
Price: Free or koha towards Historic Kopu Bridge Incorporated Society.
Contact: Kim Buchanan   Ph: 07 8685581
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Saturday
22nd March
10:30am - 3pm   Car Parade & Motorama Display

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MONSTER CAR PARADE & MOTORAMA DISPLAY: A monster Vintage & Classic Car Parade will be passing through Pollen Street from 10.30 a.m. This will be the biggest Car Parade Thames has ever witnessed. Cars manufactured before 1980 from America, Australia, Europe and Britain will be entered. These cars will be on show for you to drool over all day until 3:00 p.m. outside the museum at Grahamstown. There will also be a fritillary of market stalls at the Campbell Street reserve for you to wonder through.

Venue: Pollen Street North
Price: FREE
Contact: Brian Stephenson   Ph: (07) 868 8955
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Saturday
22nd March
9am - 11am   William Hall Reserve Walk

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William Hall Reserve is regarded as one of the oldest arboretum in New Zealand. It comprises native and exotic trees selected by hall, a Thames Chemist, and planted by him around 1873. About 182 of these have survived the last century and are now being looked after with care. The Arboretum has gradually become more attractive and accessible to the community, and the public are invited to join in for an opportunity to appreciate the outcome of the efforts from Council, charities and volunteers.

Venue: Meet at 9.00 a.m. at Currie Street entrance (off Mt Sea Road), Thames
Contact: Ken Clark, Thames Forest and Bird Society   Ph: 07.8689755
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Saturday
22nd March
to Sunday
23rd March
10am - 4pm   Hauraki Aeroclub Photo Display

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Celebrate the history of flying in Thames with this photographic journey. See how the airfield has changed over the years.

Venue: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Contact: Rick Watson   Ph: 027 684 0044
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Saturday
22nd March
9am - 4pm   Meonstoke House and Garden open Day

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Pam`s love of things found expression in her wonderful collections of fine china,dolls,doll houses, teddies and gollies. Pam`s unique garden is the setting of named walkways that meander through courtyards where you can sit and enjoy the peace. High teas will be available to purchase and enjoy in this unique garden setting.

Venue: 305 Kuranui st ,Thames
Price: $5.00 per person
Contact: Sue Gwynne   Ph: 07 868 6560 work
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Saturday
22nd March
All Day   Hauraki Coast to Coast Relay Race

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Presented by Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki this is the first of such events to be held since the days of our tupuna. Paddlers will battle it out in a relay across Tikapa Moana (Firth of Thames) in a waka ama (6-man outrigger canoe). The race will start in Waihihi on the west side of Tikapa, cross the Firth to Te Puru where another 6-man crew will be waiting to be tagged and then paddle back to Waihihi. The one way journey is 18km so suitable for experienced paddlers only. The Opening Ceremony will take place at Waihihi at 8.30am. There will be stalls and entertainment.

Venue: Firth of Thames - From Waihihi to Te Puru and Back
Contact: Carrie Taipari   Ph: 021.2471170
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Sunday
23rd March
9am - 2pm   'Totally Thames' Trolley Derby

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Running in Thames since 1955 this is a "totally" fun event for children, adults and businesses alike, so put your trolleys together and join in the mayhem! This event was originally set for Sunday 16th March but has to be postponed to 23rd March due to weather conditions.

Venue: Richmond Street, Thames
Price: Adult $10.00 / Business House $25.00
Contact: Donna Wells   Ph: 07.8681021
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Sunday
23rd March
10am - 11:30pm   Heritage Church Service

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A church service as our Victorian ancestors would have liked it - no electricity (well, we might leave the air conditioning on), traditional hymns, Bible-thumping sermon. You are welcome to come in Victorian costume.

Venue: Thames Baptist Church, Mary St, Thames
Price: Free
Contact: Roger Driver-Burgess   Ph: 07 8686274
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Sunday
23rd March
  A Miner's Long Lunch at GBD

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Enjoy fine food and ale at The GBD Long Lunch Table, set menu. Starts at 1.00pm Bookings essential.

Venue: GBD, Grahamstown, Thames
Price: To be advised - Bookings essential
Contact: Karl   Ph: 07.8686008
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