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Festival Events 2015

Day by Day Calendar

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 from February 2015

Venue: Tararu Cultural Centre
Price: Adult $15.00; Seniors & Children $10.00
Contact: Ewan Grant-Mackie   Ph: To be advised
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Saturday
14th March
to Saturday
21st March
  Waihou Boat Cruise

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Enjoy a cruise on the Waihou River and see Thames as the early settlers did, travelling on the restored river launch "Ariana". Times and dates to be advised in February 2015.

Venue: Thames Wharf to the Maritime Park in Paeroa
Price: To be advised
Contact: Peter Vandersloot   Ph: Tba
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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
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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Venue: Thames Museum, Grahamstown, Thames
Price: N/a
Contact: Frances Burton   Ph: Tba
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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.

Venue: 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 Mine; Visit the Rock Shop; Try your luck at gold-panning; Attend a Heritage Paint-Making workshop; Attend an evening presentation on local mining history.

Venue: School of Mines, Mineral Museum, Thames
Price: To be advised
Contact: John Isdale   Ph: To be advised
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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 with David Wilton at The Treasury 1.00pm Monday 16th; with John Watts at 1.00pm Tuesday 17th; with Nicole Thorburn at 1.00pm on Wednesday 18th; with Russell Skeet at 1.00pm on Thursday 19th; with Maureen Barr at 1.00pm on Friday 20th. 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. 8.00am to 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
  Bicycle Excursion to Cheese Barn

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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 and gents of all degrees of fitness. Meet at Rhodes Park at 9.30am for 10.00 start. Prizes for best dressed rider, for best decorated bike, and best kids bike.

Venue: Rhodes Park in Thames to Matatoki Cheese Barn
Contact: Margaret Cropp   Ph: 07.8681024
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Sunday
15th March
9:30pm - 11:30pm   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.
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
9pm - 12pm   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.
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
10am - 11:30am   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.

Venue: Thames Baptist Church, 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, anthem, psalm hymns, in a 19-20th century style.

Venue: Saint Georges Church, 600 MacKay Street, Thames.
Price: N/A
Contact: Saint Georges Church   Ph: 07 8686 267
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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.

Venue: Thames Civic Centre
Price: $35.00
Contact: Wendy Courtney   Ph: 07.8681071 (Thames)
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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
  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,
Contact: Ken Clark, Thames Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society   Ph: 07.8688307
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Saturday
21st March
  Old Time Fete

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Held at Thames Museum grounds in Grahamstown, the fete will include displays of old crafts, as well as stalls selling food and beverage.

Venue: 10.00 a.m. at Thames Museum, Pollen Street, Thames
Contact: Frances Burton   Ph: To be advised
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