Great pre­tender

‘‘The kids know the songs bet­ter than the adults...’’

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Burn Mid-Win­ter Mar­ket Day: 11am - 2pm at the Man­iototo Park Sta­dium.

In­door foot­ball: every Sun­day at Sho­tover Pri­mary School from mid­day un­til 2pm $10, ev­ery­one wel­come.

Alexan­dra Cro­quet Club: Learn and play 1pm Sun­days and

Tues­days. Ken­mare St, Green, Alexan­dra. New mem­bers wel­come. Con­tact Carol on 448 6511. Pe­tanque Cromwell: Every Sun­day and Wed­nes­days 1.30pm at Old Cromwell Town. In­quiries Mar­garet Ball 445 3678.

Cat­a­lyst Trust Talk: Ja­panese for­eign pol­icy op­tions in the Trump era to be dis­cussed by Dr Nakayama, of Vic­to­ria Univer­sity’s Cen­tre for Strate­gic Stud­ies. At Hil­ton Queen­stown Re­sort and Spa – Coronet 2 room. $5 koha at the door. 6pm. Reg­is­ter at at con­nect@cat­a­

Toddler story time: Queen­stown li­brary 10.30am to 11.30am.

Toddler story time and ac­tiv­ity: Hawea li­brary 10.30am to 11.30am. Gary Mullen is the great pre­tender.

He makes a liv­ing dress­ing as his hero Freddie Mer­cury and play­ing Queen songs for mas­sive au­di­ences.

‘‘I love singing Queen’s songs,’’ Mullen de­clares down the line in his thick Glaswe­gian ac­cent.

He is pre­par­ing for his fourth tour of New Zealand as Mer­cury and 15th year on the road with his band af­ter win­ning the UK ver­sion of Stars in Their Eyes in 2000.

The com­puter sales­man had not even en­tered the show. It was his wife and mother who put his name for­ward and he got the phone call to head in for an au­di­tion, which he did ‘‘for a laugh’’.

‘‘It’s been an amaz­ing road. It’s been so much fun,’’ he says.

He wants his au­di­ences to have as much fun as he is and in­cludes old favourites such as I Want to

Wanaka Walk­ers: Pack a lunch and meet on the lake­front op­po­site the show­grounds, Mon­days 9.30am. For more info call 021474904 Al­co­holics Anony­mous: Plun­ket Rooms, Ard­more Street, Wanaka, 8pm. Open meet­ing, all wel­come. Wanaka Playgroup: Meet at the Squash Club in Stone Street, 9.30am - 11.30am for 0-5 years and care­giver. More info Rachel 0211029 or 443 5147.

Hawea Li­brary: 10am Wrig­gle and Rhyme 0-2 year olds

Art Group: Mon­days 9.30am-2pm. Craft clu­b­rooms 44b In­nis­cort St. In­quiries 4451359. New mem­bers wel­come.

Age Con­cern Tai Chi: for arthri­tis and gen­eral well-be­ing 9.30am10.25am at Angli­can Church Hall. Con­tact Clare 4451291. Steady as you go: 10.30-11.30am, con­tact Gwenda 4450510.

Ta­ble Ten­nis: Cromwell Pres­by­te­rian Church hall every Mon­day 7-9pm. Con­tact Jim 022 187 3224.

Hawea flat yoga: Hawea Flat Hall, 7pm - 8.15pm $12. All wel­come. Text/ Break Free, A Kind of Magic, We

Will Rock You and Bo­hemian Rhap­sody in his per­for­mance, mix­ing it up with the in­cred­i­ble cat­a­logue of Queen tracks for med­leys and songs to sur­prise the ever chang­ing au­di­ence.

‘‘The orig­i­nal fans are in their 60s and we think the au­di­ence are go­ing to get older but there’s a lot of young kids, mums, dads and fam­i­lies. We’ve hit an­other gen­er­a­tion. The kids know the songs bet­ter than the adults.’’

Mullen has no idea how long he will con­tinue per­form­ing as Mer­cury - he only plans a year ahead.

‘‘As long as it’s fun and the au­di­ences keep com­ing, then we’ll keep do­ing it.’’

One Night of Queen: Queen­stown Events Cen­tre on Au­gust 12. Tick­ets:

call Kate 027695772 for more info.

Queen­stown Squash Club: Club Night every Tues­day from 5.30pm. Courts on Tem­ple­ton Way, be­hind Memo­rial Cen­tre. More info: queen­stown­squash­ Mums 4 Mums Cen­tral Otago: meet first and third Tues­day of the month from 10am til 12 at

Youth­base, Gregg St, Alexan­dra. Breast feed­ing sup­port and par­ent­ing re­sources, topics and speak­ers. Con­tact He­len

0273289277 Jen­nifer 0272299213 Find us on Face­book

Wrig­gle and Rhyme: for par­ents and ba­bies aged 6 months to 2 years every Tues­day dur­ing term, at Queen­stown Li­brary 10.30-11am. Wrig­gle and Rhyme Wanaka:

Free songs and rhymes for 0-2 year olds at Wanaka Li­brary, 10 - 10.30am. Queen­stown Toast­mas­ters: Meet every 1st, 3rd and when ap­pli­ca­ble 5th Tues­day from 7pm to 8.30 pm at St John Rooms, Dou­glas St,

Frank­ton. Vis­i­tors al­ways wel­come. Con­tact Char­lotte on 0279333464 or visit queen­stown­toast­mas­ Ro­tary Club: Wanaka Ro­tar­i­ans meet at the Mt Iron Gar­den Bar and Func­tion Cen­tre, Al­bert Town

Tav­ern, 6pm for 6.30pm.

Meet a Jus­tice of the Peace: JP ser­vices are avail­able at Com­mu­nity Net­works, 73 Brown­ston Street, 10-2pm. Make an ap­point­ment 4437799.

Alexan­dra Pipe Band: meets Tues­days 7.30pm. Trans­port from Cromwell avail­able. Con­tact Dun­can 4450400.

Fine Thyme Singers: meet Tues­days 7pm, Sup­per Room, Lodge Bldg, Old Town. Ph 4453245. Cromwell Drop-In Cen­tre: The Hut from 10am-2pm every sec­ond Tues­day. Play pool, bring crafts or a movie. Cost $4 and must be over 18.

Wanaka ex­hi­bi­tion: El­lie Gray ‘Re­form’ and Jane Shrif­fer ‘Be­fore Brekkie’ at Gallery thirty three un­til Au­gust 25.

Bodyscapes: Ex­hi­bi­tion of fine art pho­to­graphs by Cory Var­coe Ad­mis­sion is free. Open daily 10am – 4pm at Cen­tral Sto­ries Mu­seum and Art Gallery in Alexan­dra.

Cromwell Ro­tary Sum­mer Book Ex­change: at Free­way Or­chard Carpark, SH 8. Books for sale $5 each, books for ex­change $2 each. Gen­tle yoga: Lake Hawea yoga col­lec­tive presents weekly yoga classes. Ro­tat­ing teach­ers. Every Mon­day 5.45pm - 7.15pm and every Tues­day 9:15 to 10:45. Cost $15/$12. Con­tact jen.grat­i­ Hawea Playgroup: 9am-12.30pm on Mon­day, Tues­day and Thurs­days dur­ing school term, in the pink and yel­low build­ing op­po­site Hawea Flat Hall on Cam­phill Road. Pop in for a cof­fee and a play. You don’t have to live in Hawea.

Queen­stown Art Group: Join at Queen­stown Art Cen­tre, Bal­larat St. Wed­nes­day 9.30am-2pm. Bring your own equip­ment and work with other artists. $5 per ses­sion Con­tact : Ruth 03 442 9193.

Artists ex­hi­bi­tion: from vis­ual artists through­out Cen­tral Otago at 2 Church St, Queen­stown, 10am-4pm. Ph (03) 448 6230 - En­try by do­na­tion.


Gary Mullen per­form­ing as Freddie Mer­cury in One Night of Queen, is com­ing to Queen­stown.

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