Today, 19 December 2012, marks the 150th anniversary since an ordinance was issued authorising the establishment of the Oamaru Town Board, and thus marks our town’s 150th birthday! As befits such a momentous occasion, there are a number of activities this week that all are welcome to join in to help us to celebrate this great occasion:
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
11am: Bike Ride and Picnic (at the Kakanui River boatsheds). Meet at the corner of Wharfe and Tamar Streets (unless weather is truly foul).
6:30pm: Drinks at the Criterion Hotel, followed by a bike ride to watch The Hobbit at the Limelight Cinema (book your tickets for the film directly). Be sure to bring locks and lights!
Thursday, 20 December 2012
9am: Champagne breakfast in Harbour Street. BYO champagne and drinking vessels. Pancakes (bacon, banana and maple syrup) are $6 from the ice cream parlour, coffee from Lazy Cat pottery and fudge café. (If weather is wet or too windy, venue will be the Grainstore Gallery on Harbour Street.)
6:30pm to 8pm: Grand opening of “Studio Realm” and “Mirror City Letterpress”, Harbour Street. All welcome, opposite Oasis antiques.
8pm ’til Late: Enjoy the victuallers and establishments of the Historic Precinct, the Criterion Hotel, Birdlands and maybe the Loan & Merc (!).
Friday, 21 December 2012
3pm: Afternoon tea at Annie’s Tearooms (please book in advance ph. 434 1230).
6pm: “The Last Supper” before the End of the Mayan Calendar. A picnic at the Harbourside (Armour) Gardens with Ukulele and Song from the intergalactic ukelele ensemble (Grainstore Gallery if wet). BYO picnic tea, ukulele and vocal chords.
8:30pm: “End of the World” (as we know it) party at Birdlands. Join us to go out in style!
Saturday, 22 December 2012
9am: First breakfast of the New World, Oamaru Public Gardens barbecue area. Porridge cooked by Faigan, ready at 9am. Bring other stuff (and crockery, etc).
3pm to Late: Asado (Argentinan style barbecue) at Donna’s and Oliver’s Tree Hut. BYO drinks, eating and drinking gear, and a plate of salad or dessert. All welcome! (Contact us for information on location.)
Sunday, 23 December 2012
EXACTLY 150 years since the Oamaru Town Board first convened!
2pm to Late: 60s party (party like it’s 1962–Oamaru’s Centenary!). 7-10 bands (still awaiting confirmation of surprise bands!), including “Kill Martha” (Waitati, features Greens co-leader Meteria Turei and whanau), “Skip (the Sinister Minister)” (Greymouth/Wellington), “The Carpet Floor” (Oamaru), Reed Street Posse (Oamaru), the Oamaru Intergalactic Ukulele ensemble and many other great acts! Venue: Smith’s Grainstore, the Grainstore Gallery and Birdlands Winebar. Licensed event and BYO (upstairs only).