Waitaki Herald : December 10th 2014
NEWS Messages of thanks WAITAKI HERALD, DECEMBER 10, 2014 Christmas concert H By NICOLA WOLFE firstname.lastname@example.org ouse of Breakthrough Oamaru is set to host another Christmas in the Park. Event organiser Jacinda Goodsir says that this year’s event will be the biggest and best yet. ‘‘Each year we want to add something new,’’ she said. In addition to the barbecue din- ner, face-painting, musical performances, bouncy castles and lolly scramble, the Oamaru church has purchased a seven metre high inflatable slide. The Noddy train has also been confirmed, Goodsir said. There will also be a community tug o’ war competition against some of Oamaru’s more recognisable faces, including members of the fire brigade, police, council, local gyms and two of the local churches. ‘‘There will be heats, semi-finals and a final,’’ she said. The musical line-up for the afternoon will include the Bella Cadets, Christchurch band Braxton Blue Grass and Oamaru band The Bedfords. ‘‘[The Bella Cadets] were such a hit last year they have volunteered their services to do a full set [this year],’’ said Goodsir. ‘‘Braxton Blue Grass are a little bit of Irish rock. We sneak previewed the band in Christchurch earlier last week and they are Artist chooses library Appreciation tree: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Oamaru Opera House now the crew have put up a Christmas tree. The tree, which was erected on Friday, is a tree of gratitude and members of the public are invited to decorate it with messages of thanks. Events team member Ron Harris hangs up a decoration of thanks. Artist Adrian Morton, who won a public vote to have his art work publicly displayed, has chosen the Oamaru Public Library to hang his creation. This follows an art exhibition organised by IDEA Services at the Loan and Merc building in September. The exhibition showcased Photo: NICOLA WOLFE/FAIRFAX NZ artists and their work, and the public were invited to vote for their favourite by way of a gold coin donation. The piece would then be bought from the artist and gifted to the community. ‘‘The exhibition at the Loan and Merc demonstrated the rich artistic talent we have in our community,’’ IDEA Services North Otago, supported employment and transition co-ordinator Sonja Edmondston said. ‘‘Adrian spent some time think- ing about the place he would like to donate his art to and, as a regular library visitor, he has chosen the Oamaru Public Library.’’ Youth Librarian Fiona Kerr said Morton was a deserving winner and she was looking forward to his art being hung in the library. ‘‘Adrian is a gifted artist and we are delighted he has chosen to have his art located at our library in Oamaru,’’ she said. ❚ Morton’s work, titled Stream, will be presented to the library at a public ceremony at 9.45am on December 10. 15 sounding phenomenal.’’ This year there will also be a photo booth and prop table taking people’s photos. The photos will be posted onto the Christmas in the Park Oamaru Facebook page. Goodsir says the event is about community, family and Christmas spirit, and thus one of their core values for running the event is making it available to families free of charge. ‘‘We want to help families do life well. We want it to be free, affordable. Christmas is about giving,’’ she said. Christmas in the Park will be held at Takaro Park on Sunday December 21 from 3pm. For more information go to Christmas in the Park, Oamaru on Facebook.
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