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The Whitianga Street Festival– something very special

By Stan Stewart

The shopping precincts on Albert Street and Monk Street were closed to traffic and open to people. What a night for relaxing, mingling and snacking and grazing on all kinds of tasties. There was no charge on the various stalls. Stall holders brought their own set-ups and off they went selling their products, food, arts and crafts, all laced with good will. In fact, relaxed smiles and friendly chat were the order of the evening. Babies, small children and teens added to the brightness of the event.

There was more than munchies. Just in case you were feeling down or dopey, the Whitianga Dixieland Band was there to wake you up and get your toes tapping. They were terrific! They looked good and sounded better. What an asset they are to our community!

And then for something completely different, Vegas Brown and his wife Liss. Their music stopped the clock for teens and adults tuned into ‘pop’. Some teens danced on the forecourt next to the stage. Other young adults were pulsing to the Brown’s beat.

The best example of community co-operation has to go to the Whitianga community from the Philippines. Their food stall was popular all night. The way they work together to produce and serve such terrific food is inspiring.

The evening concluded with the lighting of Whitianga’s very special, inspiring giant Christmas tree. A huge thank you to all involved.

Thanks must go to the Whitianga Business Association for organising this community event. Also to Hopper Development Ltd for the provision of the stage and the Lions Club for organising the many companies to put it up.

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By Stan Stewart

The shopping precincts on Albert Street and Monk Street were closed to traffic and open to people. What a night for relaxing, mingling and snacking and grazing on all kinds of tasties. There was no charge on the various stalls. Stall holders brought their own set-ups and off they went selling their products, food, arts and crafts, all laced with good will. In fact, relaxed smiles and friendly chat were the order of the evening. Babies, small children and teens added to the brightness of the event.

There was more than munchies. Just in case you were feeling down or dopey, the Whitianga Dixieland Band was there to wake you up and get your toes tapping. They were terrific! They looked good and sounded better. What an asset they are to our community!

And then for something completely different, Vegas Brown and his wife Liss. Their music stopped the clock for teens and adults tuned into ‘pop’. Some teens danced on the forecourt next to the stage. Other young adults were pulsing to the Brown’s beat.

The best example of community co-operation has to go to the Whitianga community from the Philippines. Their food stall was popular all night. The way they work together to produce and serve such terrific food is inspiring.

The evening concluded with the lighting of Whitianga’s very special, inspiring giant Christmas tree. A huge thank you to all involved.

Thanks must go to the Whitianga Business Association for organising this community event. Also to Hopper Development Ltd for the provision of the stage and the Lions Club for organising the many companies to put it up.