Improvements ahead of concert
Changes to the venue for Rotary Matamata’s Concert by the Lake, including the widening of the floating pontoon and ground works, have been made ahead of this year’s event.
Improvements to the concert site on the Jondor Rd property of Matamata couple Peter and Ineke Thissen, have been made over the past year, following last February’s inaugural event.
Overall, Rotary say the 2015 event went very well considering it was the first time they had attempted a concert, let alone hosted an event of such scale in a unique setting like by a lake.
Rotary learnt from the challenges encountered last year and have made changes to the pontoon, which is the floating stage the artists will perform on.
‘‘We’ve made it a lot wider and then we galvanised it, painted it and put it back in the water. There is a lot more room for the performers,’’ Peter said.
Work on the pontoon began last July. Hiring a crane to get it out of the water was an experience and an exercise and a half, Peter said.
Soil work to create a better view from the embankment has also been undertaken and work to remove weed from the lake will soon be done. A professional digitally controlled sound system will also be used this year to ensure excellent sound quality.
Peter said although preparation for Concert by the Lake has been extensive, it has been a lot of fun for both he and Ineke and the entire Rotary club.
A number of working bees have and will be held held ahead of the big event next month, with Rotary Matamata members in attendance to lend a hand with a range of jobs such as sowing grass seed.
Tickets for Concert by the Lake, which takes place on February 21 from 1pm-6pm, are $45 and are available now from Mitre 10, Colourplus and Paper Plus. This year there is a gazebo option, which includes 10 tickets, chairs and a gazebo in a prime spot. This limited option costs $750 and is available by contacting Lynette Stanley at Mitre 10.
Ineke and Peter Thissen on their renovated pontoon. The stage floats on the couple’s lake and will see a number of top entertainers perform on it as part of Rotary Matamata’s Concert by the Lake.