Midwinter Christmas bells ringing
If you’ve been craving a Christmas mince tart despite the fact it’s only June – have no fear.
Next week’s Mid Winter Christmas Festival will be the place to get a wide range of Christmas treats, including homemade mince tarts. The festival will feature 15 Christmas themed courts created by members of the community. For details on these courts, turn to pages 18 and 19. The venue will also be filled with beautifully decorated Christmas trees.
The event’s organising committee have been busy planning the festival, which is a fundraiser for Pohlen Hospital and child cancer, for months. Committee members Shirley Frew and Elaine Young have been just two of those volunteers.
Shirley, who has been involved in the creation of the art society and the patchwork group’s courts, said people have been very willing
to help out. ‘‘ We never have any problem getting numbers.’’
Shirley is also creating a special Christmas tree – the Cookie Tree – which will feature Christmas cookies. The cookies will also be available for sale.
Elaine said although she’s not arty she felt she could help by running the Christmas cafe, which will provide yummy treats for morning or afternoon tea. There will also be a sales table where visitors will be able to buy Christmas decorations, wreaths, Christmas knitted toys, table runners and wall hangings. And there will be a number of raffles.
The pair feel the event has certainly snowballed over the years, with this year being the third time the festival has been held.
‘‘I am utterly amazed, people are getting more creative,’’ Shirley said, while adding that there is no limit to people’s imagination.
She said Mike Gaeng from the art society, for example, had made a Christmas tree out of pumice and driftwood. ‘‘It’s just amazing,’’ Shirley said. The Matamata creative community had certainly embraced the challenge of being involved, Shirley and Elaine both said.
‘‘ It’s a real community effort and there are a lot of people involved,’’ Shirley said.