Sunday, 25 December 2011

Midnight Magic

I was out at midnight. The stars were shining, the air was warm, and yes, I did see Santa. But I had lighting on my mind, and this is what I found.
Main Street
King Street
The rest of the houses are on Queen Street. Folks there seem to have gotten the lighting bug. Some photos are the same house from different angles.
 Fabulous, no?
Merry Christmas, Otautau : )

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Christmas Street Fair

The annual Christmas Street Fair was great fun. All the Christmas festivities, mixed in with catching up with folks you'd been meaning to talk to, plus fundraising for local groups, ticked a lot of boxes in just one summer evening.

The Otautau School choir took the stage early and serenaded us with Christmas carols including the very challenging Twelve Days of Christmas (Kiwi style). After their set, a stream of young karaoke hopefuls bravely sang their way into teenage infamy with hoots and hollers from their peers.

After hours of face-painting, treat-eating and bouncy-castling, the long-awaited Santa Claus Lolly Scramble took place down Main Street.

One of the cutest goodies you could buy for your sweet tooth was this marshmallow snowman. So cute!

Looking forward to next year's fair already.

If you have pics for the blog, please send them.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Celebrate Community, Celebrate Christmas

Just a reminder that tonight is the Otautau Christmas Street Fair, a time celebrate community and celebrate Christmas. Main Street will be blocked off to make room for all the fun activities and sales tables. There'll be raffles-a-plenty and lots of treats to buy. You can support Otautau's local clubs and organisations by making donations or buying goods. Or, just come and catch up with friends. The fair starts at 5pm and ends at 8pm. See you there!

Friday, 9 December 2011

Lupin Spraying

With all the noise this morning, I thought maybe there was a fire somewhere. But it was actually due to a helicopter from HeliSouth spraying what looks like lupins on the Aparima River. This photo is taken south of Otautau.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Little Red Rocking Hood

The house was rockin' at the Oreti Hall last night as the entire Drummond School took the stage and danced their hearts out to a standing room only crowd.
The musical extravaganza was a variation on the Little Red Riding Hood theme with music from the 1950s.
The numbers included classic '50s dancing but also some featured some talented breakdancers who blew us away with their flashy, flexible moves.
The 'villain' of the story was the ultra cool, tall, dark and handsome 'Wolf,' played by Brodie McGlen. Not pictured: his blue suede shoes.
Wolf, dressed as Granny, and Red, played by Jack Preston, do a number of their own.
This was non-stop entertainment from start to finish and a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Well done Drummond School students and staff. What a talented bunch!

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