Heritage celebrations to focus on Africa

20:28, Feb 19 2014
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BLAST FROM THE PAST: Waimate Edwardian Heritage Group pictured on a heritage homes bus tour.

Africa will feature in this year's Waimate heritage celebrations.

From March 7 to 9, the Waimate Edwardian Heritage Group will present its annual weekend event, with the theme Out of Africa.

Group president Sandra Coles said the heritage celebrations had been a feature on the Waimate calender since 2006 when the first Promenade in the Park was held at Seddon Square around the King Edward VII Memorial Band Rotunda in Waimate's main street.

A free day of Edwardian entertainment, stalls, fashion parades, antique appraisals and children's activities featured, and Saturday evening completed the weekend's activities with an event of glamour, dining and dancing.

The event celebrates the district's heritage, with previous themes being Remember the Titanic, Evening in Paris, A Right British Affair and Venetian Carnival. Celebrations start on Friday with a "sumptuous high tea' - with a touch of Africa at the Criterion Hotel.

A Picnic in the Park follows on Saturday morning where a Spirit of Edwardian Picnics Past will see the group indulge in games from olden times. Competitions will be held to find the best picnic tables, best dressed lady and best dressed gentleman.


Children's activities, entertainment and music will be included and entry is free.

Saturday night will feature an Out of Africa dinner at the Criterion Hotel from 7pm. Traditionally a glittering, colourful event, this year features an African inspired dinner menu set amid African decor.

On Sunday the group will gather at the Waimate Community Centre to join the Methodist congregation for morning worship.

The Timaru Herald