13 ways Hamilton will celebrate 150 years

Last updated 14:28 05/08/2014

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Following the news of Hamilton's 150th anniversary ball cancellation, we compiled a list of what you can look forward to. 

1. CIVIC CEREMONY

Held on the day of the city's birthday, August 24. It's a formal function taking place in a marquee in Civic Square - otherwise known as Worley Place. It will kick-off with a powhiri and there will be a host of dignitaries, a presentation of Hamilton's first medal and a performance of Hamilton's birthday song, plus a time capsule to be buried on the day.

2. CITY BIRTHDAY PARTY

A family-friendly event filled with fun and games, vintage stallholders and ethnic  food stalls from 3-9pm on November 22. There will also be a classic car show, a cultural workshop and performances by Hamilton schools reflecting the past 150 years. The location is yet to be confirmed. 

3. RIFF RAFF BIRTHDAY TIME WARP

Ten years ago, in November, the Riff Raff statue was place in Embassy Square. Dress up and join the Hamilton City Council in a mass timewarp to celebrate Riff Raff's anniversary on November 22.

4. HISTORICAL PHOTO EXHIBITION

The Garden Place Library will look back over 150 years using historical photos, maps and newspaper articles. It opened on August 2 and it will also host a series of talks by history experts, beginning on August 18.

5. INTERFAITH DEVOTIONAL

This interfaith devotional will recognise the contributions made by religious organisations to the city on August 17. Mayor Julie Hardaker will offer some brief remarks, followed by each of eight religions that will share a historical figure, event, or value from their denomination that has helped shape the Hamilton. A host of government and religious leaders will join in the celebration. 

6. MOD'S REUNION CONCERT

Hamilton band the Mods played their first gig exactly on August 22, 1964. Now, 50 years later, the band will perform in Hamilton at the SkyCity conference room, August 22, 8pm. Entry is free but it is an R18 event.

7. COMMEMORATION RUGBY MATCH

Waikato v Canterbury ITM rugby game at Waikato Stadium, 6.05pm, August 22.

8. SILENT FILM FESTIVAL

Sometime in September, Lido Theatre will be takes a step back in time with a silent film festival, vintage cars and 1930s costume and all.

9. RACE DAY CARNIVAL

The Labour Day race Te Rapa race meeting will take on a 150th theme on October 27, with historic race footage, a display of old race equipment and fashion from over the decades. Race goers are encourage to dress in period costume.

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10. THE TRON LECTURE SERIES

What does the future look like for Hamilton? Join Hamilton City Council and Waikato University for a series of lectures, with notable panelists, on the future of the city. Time and date still to be confirmed.

11. WHITE LUNCH, GARDEN PLACE

Tables topped with white table cloths will line the length of Garden Place for this long lunch. More details to come. 

12. A TOUR OF THE GARDENS

Take a free tour and be guided through themed garden collections at Hamilton Gardens. There is a limit of 20 people per tour. Bookings are essential - please contact Kylie on kylie.burness@hcc.govt.nz or 07 838 6629

13. CHORAL EVENSONG

The Waikato Cathedral is planning a Choral Evensong to celebrate the city's 150th birthday on August 24 at 5pm. Descendants of settlers and of the Waikato Mounted Rifles have been invited to the event, along with Hamilton City councillors.

Source: Hamilton City Council.

- Waikato Times

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