Te Horo Talk, June

Te Horo Talk

By VIVIENNE BAILEY

Te Horo Hall Centenary Events

Te Horo’s heritage community hall has a whirlwind social calendar this year, all part of a festival of events celebrating her 100 years in the district.

Latest on her calendar was the Te Horo Art Show, held at the hall over a recent weekend, which drew more than 600 visitors – yet another outstanding success for the hall’s organisational team. Key player was Shelia Robinson, Te Horo Equestrian Centre, who developed the art concept based on experiences and contacts made during her time as owner of Lindale’s art gallery.

‘Sheila’s personal touch and high standards brought a magical atmosphere to the show, and close to $10k of artwork was sold over the two days, including many pieces not previously exhibited,’ said events co-ordinator, Sharon Hurst. ‘But many helped to make the event a success, organisations such as Main Security and EFTPOS NZ, and Otaki Museum, Raumati South School and Otaki Pottery Club provided display boards and stands.’

More than 250 paintings were featured, as well as a variety of pottery, glass, sculpture, textiles and masks.

‘The range was amazing and the quality outstanding. It brought in new faces from across the district.’

You’ll need to dig up your old kilt and ‘don yer tartan’ for the next event, a BYO Scottish-themed mid-winter dance on Saturday, 19th July, from 7.00pm at the hall. Prizes will be handed out for the best highland dress, and of course haggis (a giant haggis is being specially crafted) and bagpipes will feature strongly throughout the evening.

‘We will be bringing Scotland to our hall,’ said event organisers, Ms Hurst and Grant Robinson, ‘with a ceilidh-style dance and old favourites like Dashing White Sergeant and Strip the Willow.You won’t need experience – a caller will guide dancers with simple instructions.’

Music will be supplied by Mishnish, a local 5 piece band and Te Horo duo, Swamp Dixie. The $25 tickets are available from Te Horo School, Te Horo Café, First National Real Estate Otaki or Sharon Hurst on 06 364 3624 shaonizzy@xtra.co.nz

Te Horo Country Market

Check out your local market for a great range of veggies and fruit, produce, home baking, plants for our local growing conditions, jewellery and handcrafts – held Sunday 6 July, 10.00am to 12.30pm, wet or fine, at Te Horo Hall.

Monthly Craft Circle

Join local crafters at Te Horo Hall on Wednesday, 9 July, at 10.00am

Drinks and Nibbles

Monthly BYO social gathering at Te Horo Hall, Friday 4 July, 5.30pm – bring a plate of finger food to share and a drink for yourself.