‘‘The kids know the songs better than the adults...’’
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 email@example.com.
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: eventfinda.co.nz
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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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 queenstowntoastmasters.org.nz 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 email@example.com. 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.