Joy for the Js

Last updated 12:00 07/02/2013
Weld family
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FUN IN THE SUN: The Weld family - Jessie, Jorja, Janine and Jason - at Picnic on the Pond.

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The "four Js", Jessie Weld, 6, Jorja, 8, and Janine and Jason Weld headed out to Opiki's Picnic on the Pond from Palmerston North for a Waitangi Day afternoon of folk music and old-fashioned fun.

A checked blanket was a fashionable choice at the inaugural picnic, as were sunhats and sunglasses as the cloudy skies failed to turn into rain, and muggy heat prevailed.

Picnic organiser Anita Funnell said she got four hours' sleep the night before the picnic, making everything in the picnic hampers for sale at the event from scratch, except the bread, as well as co-ordinating what needed to go where on the day.

About 120 tickets were sold before the event, and about 60 hampers pre-ordered for people to pick up on the day, she said. Entertaining the crowd were Henpicked, a folk band, and later, Ukephoria, Palmerston North's ukulele orchestra. A waterslide was on hand to keep the children cool, while egg-and-spoon races and three-legged races were among the afternoon's activities.

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