Ready to cel­e­brate

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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