Top five things to do this weekend
MARCH, MARCH, MARCH
Marching Waikato is hosting a two day competition over the weekend. On Saturday, you will find marchers strutting their stuff at the Frankton Rails Sports Grounds on Weka St from 2pm. Bring a deck chair and a picnic and support our local teams. On Sunday at 10am, the competition moves to Innes Common. Teams from the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Hawkes Bay will be competing. Entry is free on both days.
LIGHT 'EM UP
As mentioned in the guide to Christmas in Hamilton, this Saturday night marks the beginning of Christmas cheer in the city with the lighting of the tree in Garden Place. The tree is a whopping 27 metres tall with 186,100 lights on board. To celebrate there will be a free concert in Garden Place from 6-pm. There'll be tonnes of dancing and singing, stilt walkers and Richard O'Brien - you know, the Rocky Horror guy. It's BYO seating, so don't forget to bring those chairs if you want to sit down while you watch the show.
BRIDGE TO BRIDGE WATER SKI CLASSIC
Racing boats will be whizzing up and down the Waikato River this weekend for the 30th Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic. Racing starts on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9am under the Bridge St bridge. As well as ski racing boats, there will be power boat sprints, ski biscuit racing, bathtub racing - I don't know what this is but it sounds awesome - and the chance to win $1,000 in a poker run. Oh, and all these fancy boats will be on display on Hood St on Friday.
MARKET, MARKET, MARKET
The Waikato has a plethora of market and craft days this weekend. First off there's the Glenview Country Market on Sunday at the Glenview Club, 211 Peacocks Rd. Then there's the Advent Fair held by Waikato Waldorf School, Sunday 10am-3pm. The Murray Oaks Craft and Fun Day on Saturday, 9am - 2pm at the Murray Oaks Reserve, Morrinsville. And finally, Casabella Lane is holding a Christmas Market Day tomorrow.
CHRISTMAS CHILDREN'S APPEAL
Leave a wrapped gift under the Waikato Museum Christmas Tree between December 1 - 20 for the children and families under the care of Women's Refuge and the Salvation Army. It can be a tough time of year for some families, so any help you can give is always appreciated. Gifts can be delivered seven days a week between 10.30am and 4.30pm.
On a side note, I am looking for the top ten summer spots or activities around Waikato the Bay of Plenty and the Coromandel Peninsula. Do you have a favourite summer destination? Tell me about it at email@example.com.