Ready to celebrate
Jazz ’n Jocks - A Quintessential Central Otago Tour is good to go, and will kick off in Ranfurly on Friday 16th September, where a selection of jazz acts will play at local Ranfurly establishments.
"The evening will revolve around the different entertainment we will have on offer including Jazz Singer Vanessa Kelly, a Jazz Duo and a 6 piece Band, and of course the star attraction of the event, opera singer and ex-Otago Rugby player Jud Arthur" says Rural Art Deco Maniototo Inc vice chairwoman Amie Pont.
"Local establishments and businesses will also be open offering guests a chance to wander the shops, listen to great music and enjoy good kiwi fare".
On Saturday 17th September the action moves to Cromwell, where a family gala day and exhibition rugby match will keep everyone entertained from midday. The gala day will include market stalls, food, wine and entertainment for the children. Rugby action will be going all afternoon, with both a ladies match and the main feature match taking place. The two teams will consist of a mix of exnational and regional rugby players alongside local celebrities and Central Otago rural team players. Guest players include, Brendan Laney, Romi Ropati, exAll Black Paul Miller, Nick Moore, Davin Heaps, Brendon Timmins and Ex-Wallaby Rob Lawton. Also in the line up are Central Otago Mayor Tony Lepper, exWarrior Whetu Taewa New Zealand cricketer Shayne O’Connor, All White Blair Scoullar and the Blues head strength & conditioning coach Mark Harvey.
"It’s been great seeing two communities come together for the event", says event co-ordinator Melanie Kees of neat marketing. "Community groups, businesses and sports people from around the region have stepped up to the mark and have supported us right through the planning process. Everyone involved should be proud of what is guaranteed to be a weekend to remember."
Tickets for the return coach transport are still available and can be booked through Golden Gate Lodge in Cromwell or Amie Pont at Project Maniototo in Ranfurly. For more information go to www.maniototo.co.nz.